2000–01 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
2000–01 season
Chairman Martin Edwards
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson
FA Premier League 1st
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Charity Shield Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Teddy Sheringham (15)
All:
Teddy Sheringham (21)
Highest home attendance 67,637 vs Coventry City (14 April 2001)
Lowest home attendance 62,749 vs Anderlecht (13 September 2000)
Average home league attendance 67,070
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2000–01 season was Manchester United's ninth season in the Premier League, and their 26th consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1] United won the Premier League for the third successive season and the seventh time since its inauguration in 1993. They were less successful in cup competitions, going out in the fourth round of the FA Cup, the fourth round of the League Cup and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

New goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was an instant success, and previous first choice goalkeeper Mark Bosnich failed to feature in the first team in 2000–01, opting to join Chelsea on a free transfer in January, despite equally limited first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge. Veteran striker Teddy Sheringham had an excellent season, topping the club's goalscoring charts and gaining both the PFA and FWA player of the year awards. However, the arrival of Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy from PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season prompted Sheringham to return to Tottenham on a free transfer. Also on his way out of the Old Trafford exit door was Henning Berg, who was loaned to his old club Blackburn just after the start of the season, and moved on a permanent contract in December, joining former United players John Curtis and Mark Hughes in Blackburn's successful campaign that saw them promoted back to the Premier League after a two-year exile.

Winger Ryan Giggs celebrated 10 years as a professional with United before Christmas.

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
29 July 2000 York City A 2 – 0 Keane (2) 52', 62' 9,003
30 July 2000 Shrewsbury Town A 8 – 1 Butt 3', Solskjær (2) 12', 40', Sheringham 51', Clegg 58', Fortune (2) 61' (pen.), 68', Healy 79' 8,000
4 August 2000 Real Madrid N 1 – 0 Solskjær 89' 39,000
5 August 2000 Bayern Munich A 1 – 3 Fortune 85' 43,000
9 August 2000 Birkirkara N 5 – 1 Beckham 18', Yorke 49', Solskjær (2) 53', 74', Scholes 70' 7,614
16 August 2000 Manchester City H 2 – 0 Sheringham 36', Cole 85' 45,158
15 May 2001 Celtic A 2 – 0 Silvestre 15', Djordjic 88' 57,268

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
13 August 2000 Chelsea N 0 – 2 65,148

Premier League[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance League
position
20 August 2000 Newcastle United H 2 – 0 Johnsen 20', Cole 69' 67,477 5th
22 August 2000 Ipswich Town A 1 – 1 Beckham 39' 22,007 3rd
26 August 2000 West Ham United A 2 – 2 Beckham 6', Cole 49' 25,998 5th
5 September 2000 Bradford City H 6 – 0 Cole 11', Fortune (2) 23', 60', Sheringham (2) 71', 81', Beckham 85' 67,447 1st
9 September 2000 Sunderland H 3 – 0 Scholes (2) 14', 82', Sheringham 76' 67,503 1st
16 September 2000 Everton A 3 – 1 Butt 26', Giggs 29', Solskjær 38' 38,541 1st
23 September 2000 Chelsea H 3 – 3 Scholes 14', Sheringham 37', Beckham 39' 67,568 1st
1 October 2000 Arsenal A 0 – 1 38,146 2nd
14 October 2000 Leicester City A 3 – 0 Sheringham (2) 37', 54', Solskjær 90' 22,132 1st
21 October 2000 Leeds United H 3 – 0 Yorke 40', Beckham 50', Jones 82' (o.g.) 67,523 1st
28 October 2000 Southampton H 5 – 0 Cole (2) 9', 73', Sheringham (3) 45', 51', 55' 67,581 1st
4 November 2000 Coventry City A 2 – 1 Cole 27', Beckham 37' 21,079 1st
11 November 2000 Middlesbrough H 2 – 1 Butt 62', Sheringham 65' 67,576 1st
18 November 2000 Manchester City A 1 – 0 Beckham 2' 34,429 1st
25 November 2000 Derby County A 3 – 0 Sheringham 61', Butt 69', Yorke 76' 32,910 1st
2 December 2000 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 0 Scholes 40', Solskjær 84' 67,583 1st
9 December 2000 Charlton Athletic A 3 – 3 Giggs 42', Solskjær 43', Keane 66' 20,043 1st
17 December 2000 Liverpool H 0 – 1 67,533 1st
23 December 2000 Ipswich Town H 2 – 0 Solskjær (2) 20', 32' 67,597 1st
26 December 2000 Aston Villa A 1 – 0 Solskjær 85' 40,889 1st
30 December 2000 Newcastle United A 1 – 1 Beckham 25' (pen.) 52,134 1st
1 January 2001 West Ham United H 3 – 1 Solskjær 3', Pearce 33' (o.g.), Yorke 57' 67,603 1st
13 January 2001 Bradford City A 3 – 0 Sheringham 72', Giggs 75', Chadwick 87' 20,551 1st
20 January 2001 Aston Villa H 2 – 0 G. Neville 57', Sheringham 87' 67,533 1st
31 January 2001 Sunderland A 1 – 0 Cole 46' 48,260 1st
3 February 2001 Everton H 1 – 0 Watson 52' (o.g.) 67,528 1st
10 February 2001 Chelsea A 1 – 1 Cole 69' 34,960 1st
25 February 2001 Arsenal H 6 – 1 Yorke (3) 3', 18', 22', Keane 26', Solskjær 38', Sheringham 90' 67,535 1st
3 March 2001 Leeds United A 1 – 1 Chadwick 64' 40,055 1st
17 March 2001 Leicester City H 2 – 0 Yorke 88', Silvestre 90' 67,516 1st
31 March 2001 Liverpool A 0 – 2 44,806 1st
10 April 2001 Charlton Athletic H 2 – 1 Cole 45', Solskjær 82' 67,505 1st
14 April 2001 Coventry City H 4 – 2 Yorke (2) 13', 28', Giggs 81', Scholes 87' 67,637 1st
21 April 2001 Manchester City H 1 – 1 Sheringham 71' (pen.) 67,535 1st
28 April 2001 Middlesbrough A 2 – 0 P. Neville 4', Beckham 84' 34,417 1st
5 May 2001 Derby County H 0 – 1 67,526 1st
13 May 2001 Southampton A 1 – 2 Giggs 71' 15,526 1st
19 May 2001 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 3 Scholes 22' 36,072 1st
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester United 38 24 8 6 79 31 +48 80
2 Arsenal 38 20 10 8 63 38 +25 70
3 Liverpool 38 20 9 9 71 39 +32 69

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
7 January 2001 Round 3 Fulham A 2 – 1 Solskjær 8', Sheringham 89' 19,178
28 January 2001 Round 4 West Ham United H 0 – 1 67,029

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
31 October 2000 Round 3 Watford A 3 – 0 Solskjær (2) 12', 81', Yorke 54' 18,871
28 November 2000 Round 4 Sunderland A 1 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Yorke 31' 47,543

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance Group
position
13 September 2000 Anderlecht H 5 – 1 Cole (3) 15', 50', 72', Irwin 31' (pen.), Sheringham 42' 62,749 1st
19 September 2000 Dynamo Kyiv A 0 – 0 65,000 1st
26 September 2000 PSV Eindhoven A 1 – 3 Scholes 2' (pen.) 30,500 2nd
18 October 2000 PSV Eindhoven H 3 – 1 Sheringham 8', Scholes 82', Yorke 87' 66,313 1st
24 October 2000 Anderlecht A 1 – 2 Irwin 36' (pen.) 22,506 3rd
8 November 2000 Dynamo Kyiv H 1 – 0 Sheringham 18' 66,776 2nd
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Belgium Anderlecht 6 4 0 2 11 14 −3 12
England Manchester United 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 10
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 1 4 7 8 −1 4

Second group stage[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance Group
position
21 November 2000 Panathinaikos H 3 – 1 Sheringham 48', Scholes (2) 81', 90' 65,024 1st
6 December 2000 Sturm Graz A 2 – 0 Scholes 18', Giggs 89' 16,500 1st
14 February 2001 Valencia A 0 – 0 49,541 1st
20 February 2001 Valencia H 1 – 1 Cole 12' 66,715 1st
7 March 2001 Panathinaikos A 1 – 1 Scholes 90' 27,231 2nd
13 March 2001 Sturm Graz H 3 – 0 Butt 5', Sheringham 20', Keane 86' 66,404 2nd
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Valencia 6 3 3 0 10 2 +8 12
England Manchester United 6 3 3 0 10 3 +7 12
Austria Sturm Graz 6 2 0 4 4 13 −9 6
Greece Panathinaikos 6 0 2 4 4 10 −6 2

Knockout phase[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
3 April 2001 Quarter-final
First leg
Bayern Munich H 0 – 1 66,584
18 April 2001 Quarter-final
Second leg
Bayern Munich A 1 – 2 Giggs 49' 60,000

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK France Fabien Barthez 30 0 1 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 44 0
2 DF England Gary Neville 32 1 2 0 0 0 14 0 1 0 49 1
3 DF Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin 20(1) 0 1 0 0 0 7 2 1 0 29(1) 2
4 DF England David May 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0
5 DF Norway Ronny Johnsen 11 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 17 1
6 DF Netherlands Jaap Stam 15 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0(1) 0 22(1) 0
7 MF England David Beckham 29(2) 9 2 0 0 0 11(1) 0 1 0 43(3) 9
8 MF England Nicky Butt 24(4) 3 2 0 0 0 8(3) 1 0 0 34(7) 4
9 FW England Andy Cole 15(4) 9 1 0 0 0 10 4 0(1) 0 26(5) 13
10 FW England Teddy Sheringham 23(6) 15 1(1) 1 0 0 8(3) 5 1 0 33(10) 21
11 MF Wales Ryan Giggs 24(7) 5 2 0 0 0 9(2) 2 1 0 36(9) 7
12 DF England Phil Neville 24(5) 1 1 0 2 0 4(2) 0 0 0 31(7) 1
13 GK Australia Mark Bosnich 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 GK Scotland Andy Goram 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
15 MF Sweden Jesper Blomqvist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 MF Republic of Ireland Roy Keane (c) 28 2 2 0 0 0 13 1 1 0 44 3
17 GK Netherlands Raimond van der Gouw 5(5) 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 10(5) 0
18 MF England Paul Scholes 28(4) 6 0 0 0 0 12 6 1 0 40(4) 12
19 FW Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke 15(7) 9 1(1) 0 2 2 7(4) 1 0(1) 0 25(13) 12
20 FW Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær 19(12) 10 1(1) 1 2 2 3(8) 0 1 0 26(21) 13
21 DF Norway Henning Berg 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
22 DF England Ronnie Wallwork 4(8) 0 0(1) 0 2 0 0(1) 0 0 0 6(10) 0
23 DF England Michael Clegg 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
24 DF England Wes Brown 25(3) 0 1 0 1 0 9(2) 0 0 0 36(5) 0
25 MF South Africa Quinton Fortune 6(1) 2 0 0 2 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 8(3) 2
27 DF France Mikaël Silvestre 25(5) 1 2 0 0 0 13(1) 0 1 0 41(6) 1
28 MF Scotland Michael Stewart 3 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 3(2) 0
30 DF Republic of Ireland John O'Shea 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
32 MF Sweden Bojan Djordjic 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
33 GK England Paul Rachubka 1 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0
34 MF England Jonathan Greening 3(4) 0 0 0 2 0 1(1) 0 0 0 6(5) 0
35 FW Northern Ireland David Healy 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
36 MF England Luke Chadwick 6(10) 2 0(1) 0 2 0 1(2) 0 0 0 9(13) 2
37 FW England Danny Webber 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0

Transfers[edit]

On the way out of United, during the summer were defender Danny Higginbotham, goalkeeper Massimo Taibi, midfielder Jordi Cruyff, and forward Alex Notman. Higginbotham left United for Derby County, after three years to fulfil his desire to play more first team football, Taibi signed for Reggina, after he had been on loan at the club during the second half of the 1999–2000 season, Cruyff signed for Alavés, after his United contract had expired, and Notman, who had never played a Premier League match for United, signed for Norwich City, where he would remain for three years.

No players arrived at United throughout the whole 2000–01 season.

Leaving United during the winter were Norwegian defender Henning Berg, who signed for Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £1.75 million, Northern Irish forward David Healy, who signed for Preston North End for a fee of £1.5 million, and Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who signed for Chelsea on a free transfer, after United had signed Fabien Barthez in the 2000 close season.[2] Forward Teddy Sheringham left United to rejoin Tottenham Hotspur on 26 May.

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
5 July 2000 DF England Danny Higginbotham England Derby County £2m[3]
8 July 2000 GK Italy Massimo Taibi Italy Reggina £2.5m[4]
10 July 2000 MF Netherlands Jordi Cruyff Spain Alavés Free[5]
28 November 2000 FW Scotland Alex Notman England Norwich City £250k[6]
15 December 2000 DF Norway Henning Berg England Blackburn Rovers £1.75m[7]
3 January 2001 FW Northern Ireland David Healy England Preston North End £1.5m[8]
18 January 2001 GK Australia Mark Bosnich England Chelsea Free[9]
26 May 2001 FW England Teddy Sheringham England Tottenham Hotspur Free[10]

Loan in[edit]

Date from Date to Position Name From Fee
22 March 2001 31 May 2001 GK Scotland Andy Goram Scotland Motherwell £100k[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 2000/01". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "Man Utd confirm Barthez signing". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 May 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Higginbotham moves to Derby for £2m". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 5 July 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Taibi moves back to Italy". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 8 July 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cruyff makes Spanish switch". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 July 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Notman the Norwich man". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 28 November 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Berg returns to Ewood Park". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 December 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Old Trafford's youth exodus". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 December 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bosnich signs for Chelsea". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 January 2001. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sheringham seals Spurs return". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 May 2001. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Man Utd sign veteran Goram". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 March 2001. Retrieved 9 February 2012.