Manchester United 1992-93 merchandise catalogue

The 1992-93 season was a watershed one for English football as a whole but in particular for Manchester United.

After going 26 years without a league title, the Red Devils would become the inaugural winners of the Premier League, going on to win 12 more over the next two decades.

There was also a change on the kit front as, after 12 years in adidas and a stint with Admiral before that, United were back in Umbro, who of course began in Manchester. The commercial explosion was just around the corner and you can see moves towards that with the fact that both goalkeeper shirts were on sale and player names were available – a year before they were to become mandatory in the Premier League.

At the same time, there was a quaintness in the fact that the luggage tag and teddy bear pad were clearly based on the adidas kit that had just been replaced, while the three stripes were clearly visible, and the trefoil easily identifiable, in the picture of Ryan Giggs on page 21.

The Newton Heath-style third kit isn’t included as it was introduced midway through the season, while Eric Cantona was still at Leeds and so his name wasn’t an option for the shirts just yet – though, when he did sign, he posed with a numberless one that had his name on it. Also of note is the male model posing with the United players on page 6 – he was a veteran of kit adverts at the time.

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