There are no set rules about being a football supporter, and Manchester United fans all over the world find different ways of expressing their love for one of the planet’s biggest and best sides.
But one of the main ways fans can feel closer to the club and its illustrious history is by owning unique items and/or rare items that have a deep level of meaning – whether that be jerseys signed by legends, things once owned by players, or an important matchday programme that is decades old.
These items are steeped in Man Utd‘s history and are things you can currently buy on eBay and Icons to own a piece of the club you already hold so dear…
Wayne Rooney is England’s and United’s all-time leading goalscorer, records he took from Old Trafford great Bobby Charlton in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Rooney was a key part in one of the all-time great United sides in the late 2000s as part of a fabled attacking trio alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. He went on to become captain and his impact on the club will be increasingly appreciated in the future as people look back.
This print measuring five inches by seven inches was signed at a private event in 2016 and is being sold by Icons for under £80.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham both enjoyed stellar United careers, although their respective crowning achievements will always be decisive roles in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich that completed the treble.
Neither player started the final at Camp Nou, yet both had an enormous impact off the bench to turn the game in United’s favour after trailing for so long.
Sheringham swept home the equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time, while Solskjaer’s instinctive reaction from Sheringham’s flick-on won the game in the 93rd minute.
This display piece, which the seller promises will come with a certificate of authenticity, features a pair of replica Nike boots, one signed by each player. Solskjaer’s signature is on the right boot and Sheringham’s appears on the left.
The Manchester United Supporters Trust, whose headquarters are located right by Old Trafford, are selling a replica of the shirt exactly like the one Harry Gregg would have worn in the 1958 FA Cup final, signed by the man himself.
Gregg was widely considered the best goalkeeper in the world in 1958 and became revered for his incredible actions during the tragic Munich air disaster, pulling a number of people clear of the wreckage, although he always shunned the hero label.
This was a run of 100 signed shirts and was intended to be the last signing that Gregg ever did. MUST also explains that proceeds will be split between themselves and the Harry Gregg Foundation.
Gregg passed away at the age of 87 in 2020.
Marcus Rashford is well on his way to becoming a United legend, both as a top player and as someone who is having a real-world impact with his fight against child food poverty.
The 2019/20 season was the second year in which Rashford wore the number 10 shirt for United, while it was also the first time that he scored more than 20 goals in a campaign.
Bobby Charlton is the greatest player in Manchester United history and the single best footballer that England has ever produced. The 1968 European Cup is perhaps his crowning achievement, ten years after eight of his friends and teammates perished in the Munich air disaster.
Charlton scored twice in the final and the blue kit United wore that night at Wembley against Benfica has become an iconic part of the club’s history.
This replica version signed by Charlton is being sold by the Manchester United Supporters Trust, with all proceeds invested back into the group.
It is made clear that Charlton will now no longer be doing shirt signings, which means that items bearing his signature will only become rarer in the future.
Dimitar Berbatov remains one of the classiest and most naturally skilful players that the Premier League has ever seen and he was United’s record signing for nearly six years following his £30.75m arrival from Tottenham in 2008.
Berbatov won two Premier League titles with United and personally picked up the 2010/11 Premier League Golden Boot. He scored a hat-trick against Liverpool and is one of only a handful of players to have netted five times in a single Premier League game.
This replica adidas boot features the Bulgarian’s signature and is displayed in an acrylic case.
A way to celebrate both Bobby Charlton and Denis Law in the same display, this double signed shirt piece combines two all-time United legends.
Charlton scored 249 goals for United and Law scored 237, meaning for decades they were the two most prolific goalscorers in the club’s storied history.
The replica signed Charlton shirt is the early 1970s style, while the Law shirt is a modern replica of the shirt United wore in the 1963 FA Cup final, where he scored the opening goal against Leicester to help win the club’s first trophy since the Munich air disaster.
A certificate of authenticity with photographic proof is promised.
The Busby Babes captured the imagination of English football fans in the 1950s and continue to have an enduring legacy more than 60 years after the tragedy of the Munich air disaster cruelly killed eight of that wonderfully talented team.
This replica home shirt in that unmistakable Busby Babes style is signed by five players who were on the plane and survived the crash, including Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg.
The other signatures belong to Bill Foulkes, who is fourth on the club’s all-time appearance list, Albert Scanlon and Kenny Morgans. All three, as well as Gregg, have sadly since passed away, with Charlton now the only surviving player.
The listing details exactly when and where each signature was obtained. An image from the final game before Munich and a replica programme cover from the first game after completes the framed display piece.
Matt Busby’s role in building United into the club we know today can never be underestimated. The club famously struggled in the 1920s and 1930s and were even close to going out of business, but Busby transformed United when he took over after the Second World War, culminating in 1968 with the first ever European Cup won by an English team.
Busby agreed to join United in February 1945 while the war was still ongoing, officially starting work the following October. The Football League eventually got back up and running for the 1946/47 season, and this matchday programme against Grimsby in August 1946 was from Busby’s first league game in charge.
Charlie Mitten and Jack Rowley scored the goals in a 2-1 win at Old Trafford that day and the programme is like a window into the past. You would never see it today, but each United programme that season featured a full front cover advert for a well-known tobacco brand.
This is a shirt worn by Gary Neville in a Premier League clash between United and Norwich in April 2005 that the seller explains was originally procured by a Canaries player who swapped shirts with the United defender after the game, and has since been sold on.
Provenance is everything when it comes to match-worn and specifically dated items and there promises to be a letter of authenticity from the Norwich player who swapped it with Neville that day, including a photo of that person with the shirt afterwards.
The seller, who has 100% positive feedback from over 650 ratings, is also open to providing further pictures and evidence to any interested would-be buyers on request.
Ryan Giggs has played more games for United than anyone else in history, with his 963 appearances between 1991 and 2014 a club record that will almost certainly never be beaten.
A rare shirt that was worn by Giggs during a Champions League game against Valencia in December 2010, the same season that United reached the final at Wembley, has come up for sale.
The jersey is also signed by Giggs and features all the typical additional details you would expect of a player issue shirt as opposed to the replicas usually bought by fans.
The seller explains that the shirt was originally donated by Giggs to a charity auction and later sold privately to the current owner. The listing specifies that a certificate of authenticity from the previous owner, who is described as a ‘well known collector’, will be included.
George Best’s untimely death at the age of just 59 in 2005 following a long battle with alcoholism makes his signature all the more rare these days.
Best achieved more in his career by the time he was 22 than most do in 10-15 years, was the third United player to win the Ballon d’Or and his name is still chanted by fans at Old Trafford nearly half a century after he left the club under a cloud in 1974.
His authentic autograph – Icons provides proof the signature is 100% genuine – adorns this classic photograph that would complete any home office.
This framed replica shirt in the style of Busby Babes has been signed by as many as 33 former United players spanning six decades from the 1950s right up to the 2010s, cramming an incredible amount of history into just a single item of memorabilia.
Among the signatures are modern legends like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, 90s heroes like Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel and 60s stars such as Denis Law. A handful of those who signed it have since sadly passed away, like Harry Gregg, Bill Foulkes and Albert Scanlon.
The seller promises to include a certificate of authenticity and photographic proof of the signatures and eBay protects every sale with a money back guarantee if the item is not as described.
United were the first and still only English club to complete a historic Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble in 1999, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring the iconic late winner against Bayern Munich to seal the feat at Camp Nou.
Solskjaer is one of 12 members of the treble winning squad to have signed this replica European shirt featuring the Champions League final insignia.
It also signed by Ryan Giggs, Peter Schmeichel, Teddy Sheringham, Andrew Cole, Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Denis Irwin, Jaap Stam, Wes Brown, Ronny Johnsen and Jesper Blomqvist, and comes beautifully presented in a frame with replica medal and programme cover.
The seller also provides photographic proof of the signings taking place.