Manchester United's home kits of the Premier League era ranked

  • Kobe Tong

Manchester United are the most successful team in Premier League history.

The trophies might have dried up since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, but their achievements in the first two decades of the competition will never be forgotten.

There are so many iconic images and memories of legendary United players lifting English football's biggest trophy and scoring some equally unforgettable goals on the way to doing so.

And one thing that is intrinsically linked to all those United moments is what kit the players were wearing at the time.

Show just one photograph of a particular kit and the memories will come flooding back for fans, bringing certain players, goals and matches to mind in an instant.

Man Utd's Premier League home kits

It's particularly the case with United when you consider just how iconic their red livery truly is and here at GIVEMESPORT, we couldn't resist flicking through the variants over the years.

Using the fantastic catalogue of images at, we discovered that United have worn 21 different home jerseys in the Premier League and, well, we've got to rank them, right?

It would be rude not to separate the bad from the ugly, the good from the brilliant and everything in between, so check out how we ranked all of United's home kits down below:

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic - FA Youth Cup: Sixth Round

21. 2012/13

Oh dear god, we can feel the angry comments already. This jersey might be iconic for being worn in Ferguson's final season and THAT Robin van Persie volley, but that doesn't make it good looking.

The minuscule chequers didn't look too offensive in their promotional pictures, but they were a real eyesore during games, looking like something off your grandma's table cloth as opposed to a United strip. 


20. 2016/17

We actually really liked this at the time, but as the years have gone by that central transition with the weird honeycomb texture has looked cheaper and cheaper with every viewing.

Combine that with the fact Adidas only put their iconic - and almost kit-saving - white stripes on the side as well as the two shades of red being too similar and you have yourself a design that's ageing terribly.


19. 2018/19

Yes, we know this paid homage to United's roots, but there's far too much black going on for us here.

It's essentially a straight ripoff of Watford's 2015/16 home shirt and they should have transitioned the stripes into red far more subtly. Plus, there weren't too many happy moments played in this strip.


18. 1996/97 & 1997/98

Just because Eric Cantona wrote this jersey into the history books with his chip against Sunderland, it doesn't save it from being United's weakest home strip of the 1990s.

The arrangement of the badge, logo and sponsor is pretty neat, but the collar is far too large and downright ugly for having that strange half-grey, half-white arrangement. We're not massive fans of the shoulder texturing, either.

David Beckham

17. 2009/10

Credit to Nike for really mixing up the formula with the original black arrangement on the chest, we just think it looks pretty cheap, especially when the rest of shirt is so darn boring.

The only thing that gives this shirt anything in the way of life is Wayne Rooney sporting it with long sleeves and black gloves.


16. 2010/11

Just kind of vanilla. The collar is done much better here than the mid-nineties design, although they still look pretty lame for being so spaced apart, and there's not much to love about the line down the sleeves.

Manchester United v Manchester City - Premier League

15. 2004/05 & 2005/06

This is the definition of mediocre. There's just something about this jersey that feels like a botched effort from Nike to replicate the success of Arsenal's iconic strip for their 'Invincibles' season.

In fairness, the Vodafone logo blends in similarly smooth fashion to the O2 insignia, but a few random dashes of white and the Nike tick being out of sync with the badge makes this distinctly average.

Manchester United's Paul Scholes celebra

14. 2014/15

Some of these red-with-a-bit-of-white United kits just appear so anaemic and we don't know why. That being said, we much prefer this Nike template with really smart sleeves and a solid-looking collar.

The Chevrolet sponsoring sticks out a lot more than it would in later designs, though. Shame.


13. 1992/93 & 1993/94

We're starting to get into decent territory now and while the iconic collar still looks like something from a Robin Hood costume, we're giving it a pass for blending in with 1990s football fashion.

This, by the way, is how you execute a traditional collar on a United jersey and while we're not massive fans of the M. C. Escher-like texturing on the main torso, we don't hate it either.


12. 2000/01 & 2001/02

Very similar to the home shirt that proceeded it, but we much prefer the black trimmings to the white ones, while still maintaining the harmony between the United, Vodafone and Umbro logos.

The collars and sleeves are really neat, it's just that the lack of imagination on the rest of the strip holds this back from making the top ten.

Ruud van Nistelrooy

11. 2006/07

Look, we don't love this jersey as much as some people, but it's still a brilliant effort from Nike.

This feels like one of the more self-assured red and white jerseys, sporting a classily bold collar as well as tasteful golden lines down the abdomen. We just hate that the club badge has been drowned out and diluted in all-white.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (R

10. 2011/12

Sometimes, keeping it simple is best. This is one of our favourite shades of red used on a United kit, while the club, sponsor and logo triumvirate are almost invisible for being so complimentary.

But where this strip really succeeds is with the subtle and unique collar design that just screams United.


9. Munich memorial kit

We're not as bowled over by some of these vintage designs as some people, but there is something undoubtedly special about seeing Cristiano Ronaldo and co. galloping around in 1950s jerseys.

Plus, this obviously has a unique meaning to United that transcends a mere kit design and for that, we only praise it unabashedly.

Manchester United's Portugese midfielder

8. 1998/99 & 1999/00

If you're wondering where the jersey from the 1999 Champions League final is lurking, then I'm afraid that wasn't eligible for only being used in Europe, but their domestic version was nearly as smart.

The Umbro livery along the sleeves is always a key to our heart, while the collars and sleeves look fantastic for the additions of black and red lines. The former does protrude a little far down into the chest area, mind.

Ryan Giggs

7. 2017/18

This is a beautiful cocktail of new and old. There's notes of the 1990s with that classy and unique collar design that bleeds sweetly into the torso and you can't help loving the Adidas three-stripes on the shoulders.

Our only knit-pick is that the black around the sleeves doesn't fit with the overall design, even if the white trimming beneath it saves it from looking too egregious.


6. 2015/16

Similarly to Arsenal's current home strip, this is what happens when you put an iconic style style into a classic Adidas template - and the end result is just worth admiring. 

The collar is just as sharp as the Adidas stripes on the shoulder, although we'd rein in the thickness of the white on the sleeves if we were being really, really picky.


5. 2013/14

It's just so darn smart. The black collar is so simple, but so effective that it makes you wonder why kit providers never opted for this before and it particularly stood out when United matched it with black shorts.

Simply combine it with the vibrant club red and an AON logo that sits soundly in the middle for a really strong jersey, even if it doesn't go above and beyond the call of duty to reach the top four.


4. 2002/03 & 2003/04

Some of the best United kits are those that incorporate black trimmings to just the right degree and this is the prime of example, seemingly making the players look more menacing and intimidating.

The sharp, dark protrusions from the collar are really tastefully done, even if we wish it was laid on thicker at the front, and the all-black below the armpits was an inspired design choice.

Manchester United's Paul Scholes celebra

3. 1994/95 & 1995/96

The finest United jersey from the 1990s just oozes class from every fibre.

This is comfortably the best use of a collar on a Red Devils shirt, married perfectly to the torso with two overlapping black lines, and the fact an Old Trafford texture works so well on the body is simply miraculous.


2. 2019/20

Oh mama. Adidas really knocked it out the park for United this season, emoting the 1999 jersey with a modern twist and the badge is sweetly emboldened for sporting a black and gold colour scheme.

The shape around the badge looks far better here than in 2006/07, the Chevrolet sponsor marries well to the gold elsewhere on the shirt and the black around the sides of the collar is a subtle touch that we love.


1. 2007/08 & 2008/09

Seriously, what else could it possibly be? You could call this shirt boring, you could even call it unimaginative, but we're going for: downright gorgeous.

Sometimes less is more and whoever picked out this particular shade at Nike headquarters needs a pay-rise, because it emotes the club so brilliantly and all while the AIG logo blends in effortlessly.

Plus, the addition of the central white stripes on the back was a superb touch to both incorporate the classic devil symbol better and draw even more attention to the iconic names of Ronaldo, Rooney and so many more.

Manchester United v Stoke City - Premier League

A strong bunch of jerseys

In truth, United have never really dropped a clanger with their home shirts in the Premier League.

The club's kit providers over the years have been blessed with one of the world sport's finest colour palettes and the various companies knocked it out of the park for the most part.

But for our money, it doesn't get much better than the all-red design that soaked up the Moscow rain in 2008 and armoured Ronaldo himself before a certain free-kick against Portsmouth. Iconic.

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