List of Manchester United F.C. records and statistics

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Ryan Giggs, Manchester United's record appearance maker

Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. The club was founded as Newton Heath LYR F.C. in 1878 and turned professional in 1885, before joining the Football League in 1892. After a brush with bankruptcy in 1901, the club reformed as Manchester United in 1902. Manchester United currently play in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. They have not been out of the top tier since 1975, and they have never been lower than the second tier.[1] They have also been involved in European football ever since they became the first English club to enter the European Cup in 1956.[2]

This list encompasses the major honours won by Manchester United and records set by the club, their managers and their players. The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions. It also records notable achievements by Manchester United players on the international stage, and the highest transfer fees paid and received by the club. The club's attendance records, both at Old Trafford, their home since 1910, and Maine Road, their temporary home from 1946 to 1949, are also included in the list.

The club currently holds the record for the most FA Cup triumphs with 11,[3] the most Premier League titles with 13, and the highest number of English top-flight titles with 20. The club's record appearance maker is Ryan Giggs, who made 963 appearances between 1991 and 2014, and the club's record goalscorer is Bobby Charlton, who scored 249 goals in 758 games between 1956 and 1973.

All stats accurate as of match played 14 December 2014.

Honours[edit]

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Winners' and runners-up medals from Manchester United's UEFA Champions League final appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2011

Manchester United's first trophy was the Manchester Cup, which they won as Newton Heath LYR in 1886.[4] Their first national senior honour came in 1908, when they won the 1907–08 Football League First Division title. The club also won the FA Cup for the first time the following year. In terms of the number of trophies won, the 1990s was Manchester United's most successful decade, during which time they won five league titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup, five Community Shield (one shared)[A], one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup.

The club currently holds the record for most top-division titles, with 20, most FA Cups, with 11, and the record for the most FA Cup Final appearances, with 18.[3] They were also the first team to win the Premier League, as well as holding the record for the most Premier League titles (13), and became the first English team to win the European Cup when they won it in 1968. Their most recent trophy came in August 2013, when they won the Community Shield. The only major honour that Manchester United has not yet won is the UEFA Europa League.[5]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

European[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

Players[edit]

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Paul Scholes has made the third-highest number of appearances for Manchester United.

All current players are in bold

Appearances[edit]


Most appearances[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only. Appearances as substitute (in parentheses) included in total.

Name Years League[11] FA Cup[12] League Cup[13] Europe[14] Other[C][15] Total[16]
1 Wales Ryan Giggs 1991–2014 672 (116) 074 (12) 041 0(6) 157 (23) 019 0(3) 963 (160)
2 England Bobby Charlton 1956–1973 606 0(2) 078 0(0) 024 0(0) 045 0(0) 005 0(0) 758 00(2)
3 England Paul Scholes 1994–2011
2012–2013
499 (95) 049 (17) 021 0(7) 134 (21) 015 0(1) 718 (141)
4 England Bill Foulkes 1952–1970 566 0(3) 061 0(0) 003 0(0) 052 0(0) 006 0(0) 688 00(3)
5 England Gary Neville 1992–2011 400 (21) 047 0(3) 025 0(2) 117 0(8) 013 0(2) 602 0(36)
6 England Alex Stepney 1966–1978 433 0(0) 044 0(0) 035 0(0) 023 0(0) 004 0(0) 539 00(0)
7 Republic of Ireland Tony Dunne 1960–1973 414 0(0) 055 0(1) 021 0(0) 040 0(0) 005 0(0) 535 00(1)
8 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin 1990–2002 368 (12) 043 0(1) 031 0(3) 075 0(2) 012 0(0) 529 0(18)
9 England Joe Spence 1919–1933 481 0(0) 029 0(0) 000 0(0) 000 0(0) 000 0(0) 510 00(0)
10 Scotland Arthur Albiston 1974–1988 379 (15) 036 0(0) 040 0(2) 027 0(1) 003 0(0) 485 0(18)

Goalscorers[edit]

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Bobby Charlton is Manchester United's highest all-time goalscorer.

Overall scorers[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only, appearances including substitutes appear in brackets.
Name Years League[27] FA Cup[28] League Cup[29] Europe[30] Other[C][31] Total[32]
1 England Bobby Charlton 1956–1973 199 (606) 019 0(78) 007 0(24) 022 0(45) 002 00(5) 249 (758)
2 Scotland Denis Law 1962–1973 171 (309) 034 0(46) 003 0(11) 028 0(33) 001 00(5) 237 (404)
3 England Wayne Rooney 2004–present 164 (319) 017 0(29) 004 0(14) 033 0(85) 004 00(7) 222 (454)
4 England Jack Rowley 1937–1955 182 (380) 026 0(42) 000 00(0) 000 00(0) 003 00(2) 211 (424)
5 England Dennis Viollet 1952–1962 159 (259) 005 0(18) 001 00(2) 013 0(12) 001 00(2) 179 (293)
Northern Ireland George Best 1963–1974 137 (361) 021 0(46) 009 0(25) 011 0(34) 001 00(4) 179 (470)
7 England Joe Spence 1919–1933 158 (481) 010 0(29) 000 00(0) 000 00(0) 000 00(0) 168 (510)
Wales Ryan Giggs 1991–2014 114 (672) 012 0(74) 012 0(41) 029 (157) 001 0(19) 168 (963)
9 Wales Mark Hughes 1983–1986
1988–1995
120 (345) 017 0(46) 016 0(38) 009 0(33) 001 00(5) 163 (467)
10 England Paul Scholes 1994–2011
2012–2013
107 (499) 013 0(49) 009 0(21) 026 (134) 000 0(15) 155 (718)

Award winners[edit]

Ballon d'Or

The following players have won the Ballon d'Or while playing for Manchester United:[33]

European Golden Shoe

The following players have won the European Golden Shoe while playing for Manchester United:

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year

The following players have won the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award while playing for Manchester United:[35]

FIFA World Player of the Year

The following players have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award while playing for Manchester United:

FIFA Puskás Award

The following players have won the FIFA Puskás Award award while playing for Manchester United:

Internationals[edit]

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Manchester United's international players are listed in the players' lounge at Old Trafford.

Transfers[edit]

Highest transfer fees paid[edit]

Manchester United's record signing is Ángel Di María, who signed for the club from Real Madrid for a British record fee of £59.7 million in August 2014.[41] This beat the previous club record of £37.1 million, which the club paid Chelsea for Juan Mata in January of the same year.[42] The signing of Wayne Rooney for £27 million in 2004 set a world record for the transfer of a teenager.[43]

Player From Fee Date
1 Argentina Ángel Di María Real Madrid £59.7 million[41] August 2014
2 Spain Juan Mata Chelsea £37.1 million[42] January 2014
3 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham Hotspur £30.75 million[44] September 2008
4 England Rio Ferdinand Leeds United £29.3 million[45] July 2002
5 Spain Ander Herrera Athletic Bilbao £29 million[46] July 2014
6 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Lazio £28.1 million[47] July 2001
7 Belgium Marouane Fellaini Everton £27.5 million[48] September 2013
8 England Wayne Rooney Everton £27 million[43] August 2004
9 England Luke Shaw Southampton £27 million[49] July 2014
10 Netherlands Robin van Persie Arsenal £24 million[50] August 2012

Progression of record fee paid[edit]

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Rio Ferdinand, signed in July 2002 from Leeds United for £29.3 million, is Manchester United's fourth-most expensive purchase.

The first transfer for which Manchester United (then Newton Heath) had to pay a fee was the transfer of Gilbert Godsmark from Ashford in January 1900. Manchester United paid Ashford a fee of £40 for Godsmark.[45] The club's first £1,000 transfer came in 1910, when they signed Leslie Hofton from Glossop.[45] When the club signed Tommy Taylor from Barnsley in 1953, the fee was intended to be £30,000. However, Matt Busby did not want to burden the young player with the "£30,000 man" tag, and Barnsley agreed for the fee to be reduced by £1 to £29,999. Busby then took the extra pound from his wallet and gave it to the lady who had been serving the teas.[51]

Manchester United made their first £100,000 signing in August 1962 with the transfer of Denis Law from Torino for £110,000,[45] a new British record.[52] The club broke the British transfer record again in 1981 with the £1.5 million signing of Bryan Robson from West Bromwich Albion.[53] When Andy Cole signed for United in January 1995, the club paid £7 million, almost double their previous record of £3.75 million, which they paid for Roy Keane 18 months earlier.[45] In the summer of 2001, the club broke their transfer record twice in the space of a month, first paying PSV Eindhoven £19 million for Ruud van Nistelrooy, and then £28.1 million to Lazio for Juan Sebastián Verón.

Transfers in bold are also records for fees paid by British clubs[54][55]

Date Player Bought from Fee[45][56]
January 1900 England Gilbert Godsmark Ashford £40
January 1903 Scotland Alex Bell Ayr Parkhouse £700
July 1910 England Leslie Hofton Glossop £1,000
March 1914 England George Hunter Chelsea £1,300
September 1920 Scotland Tom Miller Liverpool £2,000
November 1921 Scotland Neil McBain Ayr United £6,000
February 1938 England Jack Smith Newcastle United £6,500
March 1949 Scotland John Downie Bradford Park Avenue £18,000
March 1953 England Tommy Taylor Barnsley £29,999
September 1958 England Albert Quixall Sheffield Wednesday £45,000
August 1962 Scotland Denis Law Torino £110,000
August 1968 Scotland Willie Morgan Burnley £117,000
February 1972 Scotland Martin Buchan Aberdeen £125,000
March 1972 England Ian Storey-Moore Nottingham Forest £200,000
January 1978 Scotland Joe Jordan Leeds United £350,000
February 1978 Scotland Gordon McQueen Leeds United £495,000
August 1979 England Ray Wilkins Chelsea £825,000
October 1980 England Garry Birtles Nottingham Forest £1,250,000
October 1981 England Bryan Robson West Bromwich Albion £1,500,000
June 1988 Wales Mark Hughes Barcelona £1,800,000
August 1989 England Gary Pallister Middlesbrough £2,300,000
July 1993 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Nottingham Forest £3,750,000
January 1995 England Andy Cole Newcastle United £7,000,000
July 1998 Netherlands Jaap Stam PSV Eindhoven £10,750,000
August 1998 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Aston Villa £12,600,000
June 2001 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV Eindhoven £19,000,000
July 2001 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Lazio £28,100,000
July 2002 England Rio Ferdinand Leeds United £29,100,000
September 2008 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham Hotspur £30,750,000
January 2014 Spain Juan Mata Chelsea £37,100,000
August 2014 Argentina Ángel Di María Real Madrid £59,700,000

Highest transfer fees received[edit]

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David Beckham was sold to Real Madrid for a then club record of £25 million in July 2003.

The club's record sale came in July 2009, when they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80 million.[57]

Player To Fee[45][56] Date
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid £80 million July 2009[57]
2 England David Beckham Real Madrid £25 million June 2003
3 England Danny Welbeck Arsenal £16 million September 2014
4 Netherlands Jaap Stam Lazio £15.25 million August 2001
5 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Chelsea £15 million August 2003
6 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Real Madrid £10.3 million July 2006
7 Argentina Gabriel Heinze Real Madrid £8.1 million August 2007
8 England Andy Cole Blackburn Rovers £7.5 million December 2001
9 England Paul Ince Internazionale £7 million July 1995
10 England Alan Smith Newcastle United £6.7 million August 2007

Progression of record fee received[edit]

The first player for whom Manchester United, then Newton Heath, received a fee was William Bryant, who moved to Blackburn Rovers for just £50 in April 1900. That same month, Manchester City paid five times more for Scottish forward Joe Cassidy. The club's first £1,000 sale came 12 years later with the sale of Harold Halse to Aston Villa.[45]

The club's first British record sale came in March 1949, when Derby County paid £24,500 for Johnny Morris. However, 35 years passed before Manchester United next broke the record for the biggest sale by a British club; the sale of Ray Wilkins to Milan for £1.5 million in June 1984 was also the club's first million-pound sale. Another British record followed two years later with the sale of Mark Hughes to Barcelona for £2.5 million. The club's record sale increased fivefold in the space of two transfers over the next 15 years; first with the £7 million sale of Paul Ince to Internazionale in 1995, and then the 2001 transfer of Jaap Stam to Lazio for £15.25 million.[45] Manchester United broke the world transfer record for the first time in July 2009 with the £80 million sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.[57]

Transfers in bold are also British record transfers
Date Player Sold to Fee[45][56]
April 1900 England William Bryant Blackburn Rovers £50
April 1900 Scotland Joe Cassidy Manchester City £250
October 1909 Scotland Alex Downie Oldham Athletic £600
June 1911 England Ted Connor Sheffield United £750
July 1912 England Harold Halse Aston Villa £1,200
August 1913 England Charlie Roberts Oldham Athletic £1,750
December 1920 England Tommy Meehan Chelsea £3,300
September 1937 Scotland George Mutch Preston North End £5,000
March 1948 England Joe Walton Preston North End £10,000
March 1949 England Johnny Morris Derby County £24,500
January 1962 England Dennis Viollet Stoke City £25,000
March 1962 England Warren Bradley Bury £40,000
June 1972 Scotland Francis Burns Southampton £50,000
June 1972 England Alan Gowling Huddersfield Town £60,000
March 1973 Scotland Ted MacDougall West Ham United £130,000
March 1977 Republic of Ireland Gerry Daly Derby County £175,000
April 1978 England Gordon Hill Derby County £250,000
August 1979 England Brian Greenhoff Leeds United £350,000
October 1980 England Andy Ritchie Brighton & Hove Albion £500,000
June 1984 England Ray Wilkins Milan £1,500,000
August 1986 Wales Mark Hughes Barcelona £2,500,000
July 1995 England Paul Ince Internazionale £7,000,000
August 2001 Netherlands Jaap Stam Lazio £15,250,000
June 2003 England David Beckham Real Madrid £25,000,000
July 2009 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid £80,000,000[57]

Managerial records[edit]

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Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager of Manchester United for 1,500 matches, more than any other manager.
  • First full-time manager: Jack Robson – Robson was manager of Manchester United for 6 years and 10 months, starting on 28 December 1914, before pneumonia forced his retirement in October 1921.[58]
  • Longest-serving manager: Sir Alex Ferguson – 26 years, 194 days (1,500 matches) (6 November 1986 to 19 May 2013)[59][60][61]

Team records[edit]

Matches[edit]

Record wins[edit]

  • Record win: 10–0 v Anderlecht, European Cup Preliminary Round, second leg, 26 September 1956[70]
  • Record League win:[70]
10–1 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, First Division, 15 October 1892
9–0 v Walsall, Second Division, 3 April 1895
9–0 v Darwen, Second Division, 24 December 1898
9–0 v Ipswich Town, Premier League, 4 March 1995
  • Record FA Cup win: 8–0 v Yeovil Town, 12 February 1949[70]
  • Record European win: 10–0 v Anderlecht, European Cup Preliminary Round, second leg, 26 September 1956[70]
  • Record Champions League win: 7–1 v Roma, Champions League Quarter-final, second leg, 10 April 2007[70]
  • Record home win 10–0 v Anderlecht, European Cup Preliminary Round, second leg, 26 September 1956[70]
  • Record away win:[70]
7–0 v Grimsby Town, Second Division, 26 December 1899
8–1 v Nottingham Forest, Premier League, 6 February 1999

Record defeats[edit]

  • Record defeat: 0–7[70]
v Blackburn Rovers, First Division, 10 April 1926
v Aston Villa, First Division, 27 December 1930
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Second Division, 26 December 1931
  • Record League defeat: 0–7[70]
v Blackburn Rovers, First Division, 10 April 1926
v Aston Villa, First Division, 27 December 1930
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Second Division, 26 December 1931
0–5 v Newcastle United, 20 October 1996
0–5 v Chelsea, 3 October 1999
1–6 v Manchester City, 23 October 2011
1–7 v Burnley, First Round, 13 February 1901
0–6 v Sheffield Wednesday, Second Round, 20 February 1904
0–6 v Aston Villa, First Division, 14 March 1914
1–7 v Newcastle United, First Division, 10 September 1927
0–6 v Huddersfield Town, First Division, 10 September 1930
  • Record away defeat: 0–7[70]
v Blackburn Rovers, First Division, 10 April 1926
v Aston Villa, First Division, 27 December 1930
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Second Division, 26 December 1931

Streaks[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten run (all major competitions)[D]: 45 matches, 26 December 1998 to 3 October 1999[73]
  • Longest unbeaten run (League): 29 matches
    • 26 December 1998 to 25 September 1999[74]
    • 11 April 2010 to 5 February 2011[75]
  • Longest winning streak (League): 14 matches, 15 October 1904 to 3 January 1905[74]
  • Longest losing streak (League): 14 matches, 26 April 1930 to 25 October 1930[74]
  • Longest drawing streak (League): 6 matches, 30 October 1988 to 27 November 1988[74]
  • Longest streak without a win (League): 16 matches, 19 April 1930 to 25 October 1930[74]
  • Longest scoring run (League): 36 matches, 3 December 2007 to 15 November 2008[74]
  • Longest non-scoring run (League): 5 matches, 22 February 1902 to 17 March 1902[74]
  • Longest streak without conceding a goal (League): 14 matches, 15 November 2008 to 18 February 2009[76]

Wins/draws/losses in a season[edit]

  • Most wins in a league season: 28 – 1905–06, 1956–57, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13[1]
  • Most draws in a league season: 18 – 1980–81[1]
  • Most defeats in a league season: 27 – 1930–31[1]
  • Fewest wins in a league season: 6 – 1892–93, 1893–94[77]
  • Fewest draws in a league season: 2 – 1893–94[77]
  • Fewest defeats in a league season: 3 – 1998–99, 1999–2000[1]

Goals[edit]

  • Most League goals scored in a season: 103 – 1956–57, 1958–59[73]
  • Most Premier League goals scored in a season: 97 – 1999–2000[73]
  • Fewest League goals scored in a season: 36 – 1893–94[77]
  • Most League goals conceded in a season: 115 – 1930–31[1]
  • Fewest League goals conceded in a season: 22 – 2007–08[78]

Points[edit]

  • Most points in a season:
Two points for a win: 64 in 42 matches, First Division, 1956–57[1]
Three points for a win:
92 in 42 matches, Premier League, 1993–94[1]
91 in 38 matches, Premier League, 1999–2000[1]
  • Fewest points in a season:
Two points for a win:
22 in 42 matches, First Division, 1930–31[1]
14 in 30 matches, First Division, 1893–94[77]
Three points for a win: 48 in 38 matches, First Division, 1989–90[1]

Attendances[edit]

Season-by-season performance[edit]

League record by opponent[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Between 1949 and 1993, when the Charity Shield finished in a draw, the Shield would be shared by the two teams. In the 1980s and early 1990s, the Shield itself was held by each club for six months.[81]
B. ^ The Premier League took over from the First Division as the top tier of the English football league system upon its formation in 1992. The First Division then became the second tier of English football, the Second Division became the third tier, and so on. The First Division is now known as the Football League Championship, while the Second Division is now known as Football League One.
C. ^ The "Other" column constitutes goals and appearances (including those as a substitute) in the FA Community Shield, the UEFA Super Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
D. ^ Major competitions include the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
E. ^ Due to bomb damage to Old Trafford, in the period between the end of the Second World War and 1949, Manchester United played their home games at Maine Road, the home of Manchester City,[67] with the exception of two FA Cup matches in the 1947–48 season, which were played at Goodison Park, Liverpool, and Leeds Road, Huddersfield, respectively.
F. ^ This is also the Premier League's record attendance.

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