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As success finally arrived at Old Trafford as Fergie's teams dominated the English game, winners of the European Cup Winners Cup and of course, the famous treble in 1999, the new shirts kept on coming. Adidas brought an unusual light blue away kit in 1990 which was more fitting for the other team from Manchester to wear, therefore this wasn't the most popular top for United fans to purchase. United changed from Adidas to Umbro in 1992 when some more unusual designs followed, such as the laced-up shirts and zip up top. Umbro also played around with the away colours - white, black, blue, grey and yellow & green. At the end of the decade, United and Sharp parted company, ending a long relationship together, with Vodafone waiting to take over in 2000. On this page you can find every United shirt worn since 1990 to 1999.
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Mark Hughes wearing the 1990 Manchester United home shirt

1990-1992 - Manchester United home shirt

No major changes for the 1990-91 season as adidas churned out almost an exact replica of the previous kit, replacing the white stripe with a black one and adding a pretty pattern to the collar. Needless to say, we still went out in our hundreds of thousands and bought it. A swirling 'hidden' pattern made it harder to counterfeit and the letters 'M.U.F.C.' were embroidered in red on the new shorts.

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Mark Robins is mad for it in the 1990 Manchester United away strip

1990-1992 - Manchester United away shirt

During the Madchester years, baggy Manchester fashion ruled the world. Adidas decided to try and create a United kit that could also be worn in the pubs and clubs. Unfortunately their decision to make this away kit in Man city blue made it one of the most unpopular United kits of all time, despite the fact there was no longer any need to spend more cash on a third choice kit (they wore the previous season's white kit against Aston Villa and West Ham). The wallpaper-like design did spawn a fantastic bootleg version however which did grace the Manchester club scene, with the pattern rearranged to read "Fuck Off Leeds".

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Mark Hughes scores possibly his greatest goal ever in the 1991 European Cup Winners Cup Final jersey

1991 - European Cup Winners Cup Final shirt

Like the blue 1968 European Cup Final shirt, Adidas decided to create a one-off Special edition shirt for the 1991 European Cup Winners Cup Final in Rotterdam. Without the 'Sharp' logo this shirt will forever be remembered with Mark Hughes's two amazing goals against FC Barcelona. It was available to buy as a limited edition shirt.

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the brand new Umbro Manchester United shirt 1992

1992-1993 - Manchester United home shirt

For the 1992-93 season Manchester company, Umbro, had taken over from Adidas in producing United's kits. Returning to the Newton Heath era, the jersey featured a lace-up floppy white collar, whilst the club crest was made larger than ever before. The Umbro logo was also incorporated into the 'hidden' pattern to deter counterfeiters. The new kit brought United good luck as both Eric Cantona and the Premiership title came to Old Trafford.

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Clayton Blackmore models the 1992 United away kit

1992-1993 - Manchester United away shirt

Umbro 's design for the 1992-93 away kit was a popular one. An all royal blue kit with floppy black collars, the United crest was also reproduced in black , together with a tigerskin pattern, covering the whole shirt. The blue shorts had the club crest on the centre of the waist as well as a tiger skin pattern. Worn with blue socks.

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Giggsy and Sharpey model the popular 1992 third kit

1992-1994 - Manchester United third kit

To celebrate the 100 years since Newton Heath first stepped out in the yellow and green lace up kit, Umbro recreated the kit for the 1992-93 season. They dressed the entire squad in bowler hats and false moustaches for the promotional advertising campaign. A classic kit which, to this day, remains one of the most loved by the fans despite Steve Bruce's dramatic late penalty miss away at Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

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The 'I sit here' 1994 Manchestre United home shirt

1993-1994 - Manchester United home shirt

Umbro's new United strip for 1993-94 had a stiffer black collar, suiting Monsier Cantona, who always played with his collar up. There was also a bigger, bolder club badge and, best of all, a "watermark" photograph of Old Trafford to scare off the now-massive bootleg market. It was exceptionally popular amongst match-going fans in pub conversations who could point at their rib cage and say, "I sit just to the left of there!"

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the classic 1993 Manchester United black away kit

1993-1995 - Manchester United away shirt

The 92 blue kit didn't last long, as Umbro replaced it with what was to be recently voted by the players as their favourite of all time. The superb black and gold kit advertised 'Sharp Viewcam' and became famous around the world as Eric Cantona attacked a thug by lunging two footed into the crowd at Crystal Palace. Its also the kit in which United lost the title at West Ham.

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The ill-fated 1995 Manchester United grey away strip fades into the background

1995-1996 - Manchester United away shirt

Without a shadow of a doubt, the most controversial football strip of all time. Popular amongst the fans, the 1995-96 away kit had already become one of the best selling of all time despite the teams poor results when wearing it. In April 1996, United trailed Southampton 3-0 at half-time. Alex Ferguson forced his players to change strips and blamed the grey tone for the teams performance, claiming the players were camouflaged on the pitch by blending into the fans in the background. United still lost the game 3-1 and the kit was subsequently withdrawn from production two years ahead of schedule. It's record: 1 Win, 1 Draw, 4 Defeats! Interestingly, this wasn't the first time United had changed kits at half-time. During an FA Cup tie in 1903, they were forced to change from their familiar red strip into their blue and white away kit. Whilst adverse weather conditions were to blame for that change - they also lost the game 3-1.

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The 1995 third choice kit which included a watermark of every single players name ever to have played for United.

1995-1997 - Manchester United third kit

Whoever designed United's 1995 third strip probably never worked for Umbro again. Based on the Manchester United kit worn between 1903 and 1916, it was a terrible Sheffield Wednesday look-a-like kit. It was also worn in the abysmal 6-3 defeat at Southampton. On the positive side, it featured, 'watermarked' into the fabric, the name of every player to have ever appeared for the club and the original Manchester United crest. It was also worn at The Riverside when United collected yet another Premiership crown.

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The innovative 1996 anti-sweat United kit

1996-1998 - Manchester United home shirt

Umbro's design for the 1996-97 season saw a two tone darker red with a button up collar. The material was a lot more sporty (yet rougher) amid claims that it would prevent sweat build up. Perhaps this innovative production method or the long baggy white shorts which helped the Reds clinch their fourth title in five years. Eric Cantona retired at the end of the '96/'97 season and one of his signed Number 7 shirts later reached over £14,000 at auction. A further shirt also raised £9,000 for David Buust whose career was ended by a broken leg whilst playing for Coventry against United at Old Trafford that year. Is the pattern on the arms the same as the dodgy 1990 away kit?

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Roy Keane models the 1996 white Manchester United away kit

1996-1997 - Manchester United away shirt

Umbro, aware of public disatisfaction but happy to be given the chance to gain more sales nonetheless, released the replacement to the grey away kit at a reduced price. A return to United's traditional away colour of white won further acclaim from fans. The 'Sharp Viewcam' slogan appeared in red.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David Beckham model the 1997 Manchester United away kit

1997-1999 - Manchester United away shirt

Only a few months after ditching the grey kit to replace it with a nice white one, Umbro redesigned the away shirt once more. This all-white kit made its debut in the 1997-98 Charity Shield victory over Chelsea. Worn with white socks, it is best remembered for Ryan Giggs's wonder goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final, after which he striped it off, waving it in the air with delight.

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Karel Poborsky wearing the 1997 Manchester United third kit

1997-1998 - Manchester United third kit

Yet another Umbro kit that failed to catch the imagination of the United fans. This third strip made its debut during the pre-season friendlies in the Far East and at Old Trafford ahead of the 1997-98 season. Worn with blue shorts and blue socks.

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The 1997 European Champions League kit

1997-1999 - European Champions League Kit

This classy glossy strip was worn with white socks by United in the European Champions League from 1997-98 up until that amazing night in Barcelona on May 26th 1999. Initially with one gold star above the badge (representing the 1968 triumph), it was re-released as a Limited Edition commemorative shirt after the final, with two stars and the words "UEFA Champions League Winners 1999" embroided proudly onto the chest. Whilst we're on the subject of stars... why do city have 3 stars above their club badge?

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Gary Neville in the 1998-99 home shirt

1998-2000 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1998-99 season witnessed possibly the best United kit ever. Indeed the fans certainly thought so as it quickly became the world's best-selling replica sports shirt of all time. A thick stretchy material with a revolutionary zip up collar, it was the last Manchester United home shirt to display the 'Sharp' name. The larger-sized club crest sat proudly on the hearts of the Treble winning players. Superb stuff!

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Roy Keane wearing the 1998-99 Manchester United third kit

1998-2000 - Manchester United third kit

Umbro had obviously employed somebody new to design the kits for the 1998-99 season as another superb example replaced the short-lived blue kit from the season before. Previously a training top, the all black kit made its appearance at the awful 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in September 1998 however still became a favourite of the fans.

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Dwight Yorke in the woolen 1999 Manchester United away strip

1999-2000 - Manchester United away shirt

This fantastic Umbro design was released after a massive international advertising campaign with the slogan, "The World Is United - Be A Part Of It". A fashionable shirt that could be worn away from the match, it had the words 'Sharp Digital' emblazoned on it. Worn with black shorts and socks, it was also the kit selected for the game at Southampton when United clinched another Championship. The itchy woollen material put some people off though.

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