Man Utd's top 10 away and third kits of all time - ranked
'Oh what fun it is to see United win away!' Manchester United's remarkable success in the Premier League era has owed a lot to the team's excellent form on the road, helped by having some of the loudest and most dedicated travelling fans in the division.
And they have had some exceptional away kits to accompany them on their journeys. But the less said about the team's away form in the 2022-23 season, the better.
And so as United gears up to launch its away and third kits for 2023-24, GOAL ranks their previous efforts - and there's no room for the grey 'invisible' kit from Southampton in 1996!
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#10 2001-02: Two for the price of one
The club released this reversible away and third kit to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of changing their name from Newton Heath to Manchester United. It was a gift for fans who liked getting value for their money, as they effectively got two shirts for the price of one.
The team wore the white shirt more often, the highlight being the epic FA Cup third-round clash at Aston Villa when they came from two goals down to win 3-2, sparking a huge pitch invasion.
The gold kit had less happy memories, such as back-to-back defeats at Arsenal in the League Cup and the Premier League, when Fabian Barthez made two howlers in a matter of minutes to gift Thierry Henry two goals.
#9 2012-14: Van Persie's clinical season
After agonisingly missing out on the 2011-12 Premier League title to Sergio Aguero's 94th-minute goal for Manchester City, Sir Alex Ferguson demanded a prolific striker to ensure his side wrestled the title back from City. He got Robin van Persie, who had just had his best season with Arsenal and would need no time to bed in.
The Dutchman was outstanding in his first campaign, and some of his best moments came wearing this white away kit. One of his first away matches was at Southampton, when he missed a penalty but came roaring back to score a hat-trick, snatching a 3-2 win with an added-time header.
He had another day to remember while wearing the shirt at Anfield, scoring a late spot-kick to seal a 2-1 comeback win. Van Persie won the Golden Boot with 26 Premier League goals while United stormed their way to their 20th league title. Fittingly, the Dutchman bagged a hat-trick to mathematically seal it against Aston Villa.
#8 2016-17: Europa League glory in blue
Blue is not the first colour that comes to mind when you think of Manchester United, but it was fitting that the team wore this shirt in the Europa League final against Ajax. They had won their first European Cup in 1968 while wearing blue, and the colours served them well as they coasted to a 2-0 win in Stockholm.
It was a poignant night, as it came just two days after the shocking Manchester Arena bombing. On a day when the world was watching, the team did their city proud.
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#7 2020-21: Unbeaten away all season
When United slumped to their eighth away defeat of the 2022-23 season by losing at West Ham, it was hard to believe that only two years ago the same team went 29 matches without losing an away game in the Premier League. That included the entirety of the 2020-21 season, when the Red Devils made a habit of staging comebacks away from home.
Of course, the fact there were no fans in stadiums during that season due to coronavirus restrictions helped United' achieve this impressive record, but they were the only team in the league to end the campaign unbeaten on the road.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side overturned deficits at West Ham, Everton, Sheffield United and Southampton, the latter two while wearing their black away kit (the less said about the ghastly third kit, which resembled a zebra, the better).
It was at St Mary's that Edinson Cavani had one of the finest moments of his brief two-year spell with the club, equalising with a diving header after coming off the bench then sealing a 3-2 victory in added time with another header.
#6 1990-92: Style that's stood the test of time
This kit was more about the style than the matches United won wearing it. It did witness a trophy, the 1992 League Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, in an era when the Red Devil's were far from used to winning silverware.
But most of all, it is remembered as an outstanding design, a beautiful final offering from adidas before Umbro became the team's kit manufacturer. When adidas became the club's kit maker again in 2015, they immediately re-issued this shirt as part of the Originals series, and fans snapped them up in no time.
The 2021-22 away kit, released 30 years after this one, was a clear homage to this unique, trailblazing jersey.
#5 1999-2000: Keane dominating Highbury, Scholes' volley at Bradford
Two away fixtures mattered more than any others in this era, Highbury and Anfield. And United won them both wearing this kit, which was so smart it could have passed as a polo shirt and been worn out to a fancy restaurant.
Roy Keane led the way against Arsenal, who had pushed United all the way the previous season but crumbled in this campaign, with United wrapping up the title in April. The captain scored both goals at Highbury and monstered his great rival at the time, Patrick Vieira.
United also had a hugely enjoyable trip to Anfield, beating Liverpool 3-2 thanks to two own goals from Jamie Carragher. Paul Scholes, meanwhile, scored one of the goals of the season wearing this shirt, his pin-point volley at Bradford.
#4 2006-08: Iconic goals by Scholes and O'Shea
This kit had a similar style to the 2001-02 edition and evoked better memories. Paul Scholes' stunning volley off the crossbar at Aston Villa is one of the great Premier League goals of all time. John O'Shea, meanwhile, sealed his status as a United cult hero when wearing this shirt, being the most unlikely of figures to score a last-minute winner at Anfield, and in front of the Kop, too.
It was thanks to a string of excellent away results wearing this shirt that United pipped Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to the title in 2007, ushering in a new era of dominance under Ferguson. The kit was also used sparingly the following season, most notably when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a towering header in the Champions League at Roma.
#3 1993-94: Men in Black and Cantona's kick
Some might argue that this black kit has no place in this list as it conjures up some dark memories. The Red Devils were wearing it when they missed out on the 1994-95 title on the final day of the season, failing to beat West Ham after hitting the woodwork twice and being repeatedly thwarted by Ludek Miklosko.
They were also wearing it when they were thrashed 4-0 by Barcelona and beaten 2-0 by Liverpool. Most famously of all, United wore it when Eric Cantona launched himself into the Selhurst Park stands and kung-fu kicked a Crystal Palace fan, getting himself banned for nine months.
But rather than being a night to forget, Cantona's actions that night wrote himself into English football folklore and showed he was a true individual who was not going to tolerate being abused. The kick further enhanced his status as a United cult hero, entrenching an 'us against the world' attitude which the team have revelled in ever since and used to their advantage.
#2 1992-94: The green and gold of Newton Heath
The club's first season in the Premier League saw them go right back to their roots with this green and gold third kit, a homage to Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Football Club, which was founded in 1878 and would later become Manchester United.
The shirt holds happy memories for United fans as the team wore it in the season they won their first league title in 26 years, and it is also synonymous with Cantona's first campaign.
It took on a new meaning during the 2009-10 season when fans began protesting against the Glazer family's ownership, with supporters wearing green and gold scarves to symbolise their opposition to the American family for plunging the club into debt.
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#1 1997-99: Giggs' incredible goal at Villa Park
White is United's most traditional away colour, and this shirt managed to incorporate red and black into it too. The fact it was the away kit in the treble season certainly helps, and there were so many memorable moments wearing it.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's four-goal haul in the 8-1 at Nottingham Forest, two thrilling 3-3 draws with Barcelona (they wore the away shirt even at Old Trafford), plus a vital 1-0 win at Middlesbrough in the title run-in. But the pick of the lot was Ryan Giggs' stunning solo goal against Arsenal in the last-ever FA Cup semi-final replay.
Intercepting a pass from Patrick Vieira, Giggs weaved his way in and out of the whole Arsenal team from the halfway line before smashing the ball past David Seaman, ripping his shirt off to reveal the hairiest of chests as United's delighted fans got on the pitch to mob him.