List of Manchester United F.C. seasons

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The Manchester United team at the start of the 1905–06 season, in which they were runners-up in the Second Division and were promoted.

Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. The club was formed in Newton Heath in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR F.C., and played their first competitive match in October 1886, when they entered the First Round of the 1886–87 FA Cup. The club was renamed Manchester United F.C. in 1902, and moved to Old Trafford in 1910.

The club has won a total of 62 major trophies, including the League Championship a record 20 times (a record 13 times in the Premier League era), the FA Cup a record 11 times, the League Cup four times, the Charity Shield a record 20 times (including four shared titles), the European Cup three times, the European Cup Winners Cup once, the European Super Cup once, the FIFA Club World Cup once and the Intercontinental Cup once.[1] Manchester United is the only English club to have been crowned world champions, in 1999 and 2008. The club has also never been out of the top two divisions of English football since entering the Football League. As of the end of the 2013–14 season, they have played a total of 5,390 competitive matches.[2]

This list details the club's achievements in major competitions, and the top scorers for each season. Top scorers in bold were also the top scorers in the English league that season. Records of competitions such as the Lancashire Cup and the Manchester and District Challenge Cup are not included due to them being considered of less importance than the FA Cup and the League Cup.

History[edit]

The club formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR F.C.[3] At this time organised League football did not exist; "first class matches" were arranged on a largely ad-hoc basis and supplemented by cup competitions. Official records from these matches are sketchy at best, and are often extrapolated from newspaper reports at the time. In 1886, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time, but were knocked out in the first round. The club entered The Combination in 1888, but the league was wound up before the season could be completed.[4] The club then joined the Football Alliance in 1889, and in 1892 were elected to the newly formed Football League First Division. Upon joining the Football League, the club dropped the "LYR" from their name, before financial troubles forced the club to restructure in 1902, including a change of name to Manchester United F.C.[5]

In 1956–57, the club became the first English club to enter European competition, entering the European Cup, following the Football Association's refusal to allow Chelsea F.C. to enter the previous year. Eleven years later, in 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, and only the second British side after Celtic F.C. had won it in 1967. Meanwhile, in 1960–61, Manchester United entered the inaugural Football League Cup, only to decline to enter for the next five years. In 1992–93, they became founder members and inaugural champions of the Premier League, and, in 1998–99, they won an unprecedented Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. This was followed by two more Premier League titles in 1999–2000 and 2000–01, making Manchester United only the fourth club to win three consecutive English league titles. The club picked up its tenth Premier League title in the 2007–08 season, and followed it with a third Champions League title ten days later. The following season, Manchester United became the first English club to win the FIFA Club World Cup, before claiming a third consecutive Premier League title for a second time in 2008–09. In 2010–11, Manchester United gained its nineteenth top division title while passing Liverpool's record. In 2011–12, United almost won the title but two goals in injury time for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers meant they finished second. In 2012–13, Manchester United gained its twentieth top division title.

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Seasons[edit]

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Cup League
Cup
Community
Shield
UEFA
FIFA
Name Goals
League Top goalscorer[6]
1886–87 n/a[7] n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a R1 Doughty, JackJack Doughty 2
1888–89[8] Combination 12 8 2 2 27 13 18 n/a[8] n/a Doughty, JackJack Doughty
Roger Doughty
6
1889–90 Alliance 22 9 2 11 40 45 20 8th R1 Stewart, WillieWillie Stewart 10
1890–91 Alliance 22 7 3 12 37 55 17 9th QR2 Ramsay, RobertRobert Ramsay 7
1891–92 Alliance 22 12 7 3 69 33 31 2nd[9] QR4 Donaldson, BobBob Donaldson
Alf Farman
20
1892–93 Div 1 30 6 6 18 50 85 18 16th[10] R1 Donaldson, BobBob Donaldson 16
1893–94 Div 1 30 6 2 22 36 72 14 16th[11] R2 Donaldson, BobBob Donaldson 10
1894–95 Div 2 30 15 8 7 78 44 38 3rd[12] R1 Smith, DickDick Smith 20
1895–96 Div 2 30 15 3 12 66 57 33 6th R2 Cassidy, JoeJoe Cassidy 16
1896–97 Div 2 30 17 5 8 56 34 39 2nd[13] R3 Cassidy, JoeJoe Cassidy 25
1897–98 Div 2 30 16 6 8 64 35 38 4th R2 Boyd, HenryHenry Boyd 22
1898–99 Div 2 34 19 5 10 67 43 43 4th R1 Cassidy, JoeJoe Cassidy 20
1899–1900 Div 2 34 20 4 10 63 27 44 4th QR3 Cassidy, JoeJoe Cassidy 16
1900–01 Div 2 34 14 4 16 42 38 32 10th R1 Leigh, TomTom Leigh 14
1901–02 Div 2 34 11 6 17 38 53 28 15th RInt Preston, StephenStephen Preston 11
1902–03 Div 2 34 15 8 11 53 38 38 5th R2 Peddie, JackJack Peddie 15
1903–04 Div 2 34 20 8 6 65 33 48 3rd R2 Arkesden, TommyTommy Arkesden 15
1904–05 Div 2 34 24 5 5 81 30 53 3rd RInt Peddie, JackJack Peddie 17
1905–06 Div 2 38 28 6 4 90 28 62 2nd R4 Picken, JackJack Picken 25
1906–07 Div 1 38 17 8 13 53 56 42 8th R1 Wall, GeorgeGeorge Wall 13
1907–08 Div 1 38 23 6 9 81 48 52 1st R4 Winners Turnbull, SandySandy Turnbull 27
1908–09 Div 1 38 15 7 16 58 68 37 13th Winners Turnbull, JimmyJimmy Turnbull 22
1909–10 Div 1 38 19 7 12 69 61 45 5th R1 Wall, GeorgeGeorge Wall 14
1910–11 Div 1 38 22 8 8 72 40 52 1st R3 West, EnochEnoch West 20
1911–12 Div 1 38 13 11 14 45 60 37 13th R4 Winners West, EnochEnoch West 23
1912–13 Div 1 38 19 8 11 69 43 46 4th R3 West, EnochEnoch West 22
1913–14 Div 1 38 15 6 17 52 62 36 14th R1 Anderson, GeorgeGeorge Anderson 15
1914–15 Div 1 38 9 12 17 46 62 30 18th R1 Anderson, GeorgeGeorge Anderson 10
1915–19[14] Not held
1919–20 Div 1 42 13 14 15 54 50 40 12th R2 Spence, JoeJoe Spence 14
1920–21 Div 1 42 15 10 17 64 68 40 13th R1 Miller, TomTom Miller
Teddy Partridge
8
1921–22 Div 1 42 8 12 22 41 73 28 22nd R1 Spence, JoeJoe Spence 15
1922–23 Div 2 42 17 14 11 51 36 48 4th R2 Goldthorpe, ErnieErnie Goldthorpe 14
1923–24 Div 2 42 13 14 15 52 44 40 14th R2 Lochhead, ArthurArthur Lochhead 14
1924–25 Div 2 42 23 11 8 57 23 57 2nd R1 Henderson, WilliamWilliam Henderson 14
1925–26 Div 1 42 19 6 17 66 73 44 9th SF McPherson, FrankFrank McPherson 20
1926–27 Div 1 42 13 14 15 52 64 40 15th R3 Spence, JoeJoe Spence 19
1927–28 Div 1 42 16 7 19 72 80 39 18th R6 Spence, JoeJoe Spence 24
1928–29 Div 1 42 14 13 15 66 76 41 12th R4 Hanson, JimmyJimmy Hanson 20
1929–30 Div 1 42 15 8 19 67 88 38 17th R3 Rowley, HarryHarry Rowley
Joe Spence
12
1930–31 Div 1 42 7 8 27 53 115 22 22nd R4 Thomas ReidTom Reid 20
1931–32 Div 2 42 17 8 17 71 72 42 12th R3 Spence, JoeJoe Spence 19
1932–33 Div 2 42 15 13 14 71 68 43 6th R3 Ridding, BillBill Ridding 11
1933–34 Div 2 42 14 6 22 59 85 34 20th R3 Dewar, NeilNeil Dewar 8
1934–35 Div 2 42 23 4 15 76 55 50 5th R4 Mutch, GeorgeGeorge Mutch 19
1935–36 Div 2 42 22 12 8 85 43 56 1st R4 Mutch, GeorgeGeorge Mutch 23
1936–37 Div 1 42 10 12 20 55 78 32 21st R4 Bamford, TommyTommy Bamford 15
1937–38 Div 2 42 22 9 11 82 50 53 2nd R5 Baird, HarryHarry Baird
Tommy Bamford
15
1938–39 Div 1 42 11 16 15 57 65 38 14th R3 Hanlon, JimmyJimmy Hanlon 12
1939–40[15] Div 1 3 1 1 1 5 3 3 9th[15] n/a Bryant, BillyBilly Bryant 2
1940–45[16] Not held
1945–46 n/a[17] n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a R4 Hanlon, JimmyJimmy Hanlon
Jack Rowley
Billy Wrigglesworth
2
1946–47 Div 1 42 22 12 8 95 54 56 2nd R4 Rowley, JackJack Rowley 28
1947–48 Div 1 42 19 14 9 81 48 52 2nd Winners Rowley, JackJack Rowley 28
1948–49 Div 1 42 21 11 10 77 44 53 2nd SF Runners-up Rowley, JackJack Rowley 29
1949–50 Div 1 42 18 14 10 69 44 50 4th R6 Rowley, JackJack Rowley 23
1950–51 Div 1 42 24 8 10 74 40 56 2nd R6 Pearson, StanStan Pearson 23
1951–52 Div 1 42 23 11 8 95 52 57 1st R3 Rowley, JackJack Rowley 30
1952–53 Div 1 42 18 10 14 69 72 46 8th R5 Winners Pearson, StanStan Pearson 18
1953–54 Div 1 42 18 12 12 73 58 48 4th R3 Taylor, TommyTommy Taylor 23
1954–55 Div 1 42 20 7 15 84 74 47 5th R4 Viollet, DennisDennis Viollet 21
1955–56 Div 1 42 25 10 7 83 51 60 1st R3 Taylor, TommyTommy Taylor 25
1956–57 Div 1 42 28 8 6 103 54 64 1st Runners-up Winners European CupSF Taylor, TommyTommy Taylor 34
1957–58 Div 1 42 16 11 15 85 75 43 9th Runners-up Winners European CupSF Viollet, DennisDennis Viollet 23
1958–59 Div 1 42 24 7 11 103 66 55 2nd R3 Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton 29
1959–60 Div 1 42 19 7 16 102 80 45 7th R5 Viollet, DennisDennis Viollet 32[18]
1960–61 Div 1 42 18 9 15 88 76 45 7th R4 R2 Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton 21
1961–62 Div 1 42 15 9 18 72 75 39 15th SF n/a[19] Herd, DavidDavid Herd 17
1962–63 Div 1 42 12 10 20 67 81 34 19th Winners n/a[19] Law, DenisDenis Law 29
1963–64 Div 1 42 23 7 12 90 62 53 2nd SF n/a[19] Runners-up Cup Winners' CupQF Law, DenisDenis Law 46
1964–65 Div 1 42 26 9 7 89 39 61 1st SF n/a[19] Inter-Cities Fairs CupSF Law, DenisDenis Law 39
1965–66 Div 1 42 18 15 9 84 59 51 4th SF n/a[19] Shared[20] European CupSF Herd, DavidDavid Herd 33
1966–67 Div 1 42 24 12 6 84 45 60 1st R4 R2 Law, DenisDenis Law 25
1967–68 Div 1 42 24 8 10 89 55 56 2nd R3 Shared[20] European CupWinners Best, GeorgeGeorge Best[21] 32[22]
1968–69 Div 1 42 15 12 15 57 53 42 11th R6 Law, DenisDenis Law 30
1969–70 Div 1 42 14 17 11 66 61 45 8th Third place SF Best, GeorgeGeorge Best 23
1970–71 Div 1 42 16 11 15 65 66 43 8th R3 SF Best, GeorgeGeorge Best 21
1971–72 Div 1 42 19 10 13 69 61 48 8th R6 R4 Best, GeorgeGeorge Best 26
1972–73 Div 1 42 12 13 17 44 60 37 18th R3 R3 Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton 7
1973–74 Div 1 42 10 12 20 38 48 32 21st R4 R2 Macari, LouLou Macari
Sammy McIlroy
6
1974–75 Div 2 42 26 9 7 66 30 61 1st R3 SF Macari, LouLou Macari
Stuart Pearson
18
1975–76 Div 1 42 23 10 9 68 42 56 3rd Runners-up R4 Macari, LouLou Macari 15
1976–77 Div 1 42 18 11 13 71 62 47 6th Winners R5 UEFA CupR2 Hill, GordonGordon Hill 22
1977–78 Div 1 42 16 10 16 67 63 42 10th R4 R2 Shared[20] Cup Winners' CupR2 Hill, GordonGordon Hill 19
1978–79 Div 1 42 15 15 12 60 63 45 9th Runners-up R3 Greenhoff, JimmyJimmy Greenhoff 17
1979–80 Div 1 42 24 10 8 65 35 58 2nd R3 R3 Jordan, JoeJoe Jordan 13
1980–81 Div 1 42 15 18 9 51 36 48 8th R4 R2 UEFA CupR1 Jordan, JoeJoe Jordan 15
1981–82 Div 1 42 22 12 8 59 29 78[23] 3rd R3 R2 Stapleton, FrankFrank Stapleton 13
1982–83 Div 1 42 19 13 10 56 38 70 3rd Winners Runners-up UEFA CupR1 Stapleton, FrankFrank Stapleton 19
1983–84 Div 1 42 20 14 8 71 41 74 4th R3 R4 Winners Cup Winners' CupSF Stapleton, FrankFrank Stapleton 19
1984–85 Div 1 42 22 10 10 77 47 76 4th Winners R3 UEFA CupQF Hughes, MarkMark Hughes 24
1985–86 Div 1 42 22 10 10 70 36 76 4th R5 R4 Runners-up Hughes, MarkMark Hughes 18
1986–87 Div 1 42 14 14 14 52 45 56 11th R4 R3 Davenport, PeterPeter Davenport 16
1987–88 Div 1 40 23 12 5 71 38 81 2nd R5 R5 McClair, BrianBrian McClair 31
1988–89 Div 1 38 13 12 13 45 35 51 11th R6 R3 Hughes, MarkMark Hughes
Brian McClair
16
1989–90 Div 1 38 13 9 16 46 47 48 13th Winners R3 Hughes, MarkMark Hughes 15
1990–91 Div 1 38 16 12 10 58 45 59[24] 6th R5 Runners-up Shared[20] Cup Winners' CupWinners Hughes, MarkMark Hughes
Brian McClair
21
1991–92 Div 1 42 21 15 6 63 33 78 2nd R4 Winners McClair, BrianBrian McClair 24
1992–93 Prem 42 24 12 6 67 31 84 1st R5 R3 UEFA CupR1 Hughes, MarkMark Hughes 16
1993–94 Prem 42 27 11 4 80 38 92 1st Winners Runners-up Winners Champions LeagueR2 Cantona, EricEric Cantona 25
1994–95 Prem 42 26 10 6 77 28 88 2nd Runners-up R3 Winners Champions LeagueGroup Kanchelskis, AndreiAndrei Kanchelskis 15
1995–96 Prem 38 25 7 6 73 35 82 1st Winners R2 UEFA CupR1 Cantona, EricEric Cantona 19
1996–97 Prem 38 21 12 5 76 44 75 1st R4 R4 Winners Champions LeagueSF Solskjaer, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær 19
1997–98 Prem 38 23 8 7 73 26 77 2nd R5 R3 Winners Champions LeagueQF Cole, AndyAndy Cole 25
1998–99 Prem 38 22 13 3 80 37 79 1st Winners R5 Runners-up Champions LeagueWinners Yorke, DwightDwight Yorke[25] 29[26]
1999–2000 Prem 38 28 7 3 97 45 91 1st n/a[27] R3 Runners-up Cole, AndyAndy Cole
Dwight Yorke
22
2000–01 Prem 38 24 8 6 79 31 80 1st R4 R4 Runners-up Champions LeagueQF Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham 21
2001–02 Prem 38 24 5 9 87 45 77 3rd R4 R3 Runners-up Champions LeagueSF Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy 36
2002–03 Prem 38 25 8 5 74 34 83 1st R5 Runners-up Champions LeagueQF Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy 44[28]
2003–04 Prem 38 23 6 9 64 35 75 3rd Winners R4 Winners Champions LeagueRound of 16 Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy 30
2004–05 Prem 38 22 11 5 58 26 77 3rd Runners-up SF Runners-up Champions LeagueRound of 16 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 17
2005–06 Prem 38 25 8 5 72 34 83 2nd R5 Winners Champions LeagueGroup Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy 24
2006–07 Prem 38 28 5 5 83 27 89 1st Runners-up R4 Champions LeagueSF Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney
Cristiano Ronaldo
23
2007–08 Prem 38 27 6 5 80 22 87 1st R6 R3 Winners Champions LeagueWinners Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo 42[29]
2008–09 Prem 38 28 6 4 68 24 90 1st SF Winners Winners Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo 26
2009–10 Prem 38 27 4 7 86 28 85 2nd R3 Winners Runners-up Champions LeagueQF Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 34
2010–11 Prem 38 23 11 4 78 37 80 1st SF R5 Winners Champions LeagueRunners-up Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov[30] 21[31]
2011–12 Prem 38 28 5 5 89 33 89 2nd R4 R5 Winners Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 34
2012–13 Prem 38 28 5 5 86 43 89 1st R6 R4 Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie 30[32]
2013–14 Prem 38 19 7 12 64 43 64 7th R3 SF Winners Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 19

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Trophy Room". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Won, Drawn, Lost". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2013.  Excludes matches from the abandoned 1939–40 season
  3. ^ Murphy, Alex (2006). "1878-1915: From Newton Heath to Old Trafford". The Official Illustrated History of Manchester United. London: Orion Books. p. 11. ISBN 0-7528-7603-1. 
  4. ^ Shury, Alan; Landamore, Brian (2005) [2002]. "History of Newton Heath F.C.". The Definitive Newton Heath F.C. 'Definitive' Club Histories (Second ed.). Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 11. ISBN 1-899468-16-1. "...the Combination was wound up in April 1889. From Newton Heath's viewpoint, that was a pity. They had almost completed their programme of 16 games and had the best record of the 20 clubs." 
  5. ^ Murphy, Alex (2006). "1878-1915: From Newton Heath to Old Trafford". The Official Illustrated History of Manchester United. London: Orion Books. p. 15. ISBN 0-7528-7603-1. 
  6. ^ Goals in all competitions (Football League or Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and European) are counted.
  7. ^ The club did not start playing league football until 1888.
  8. ^ a b The 1888–89 season was cut short for Newton Heath, as the Combination was wound up in April 1889, and so the team was unable to complete its programme of 16 matches. However, records show that the club had the best record of all the teams in the league at that point.
  9. ^ In 1892, the Football Alliance and the Football League decided to merge. Due to their second place finish in the 1891–92 Football Alliance, Newton Heath were elected to the Football League First Division for the following season.
  10. ^ Formal promotion and relegation had not yet been established, and so the bottom team in the Football League First Division would play a so-called "Test match" against the top team in the Second Division, Small Heath. Newton Heath drew the original Test match 1–1, then won the replay 5–2, and retained their place in the First Division.
  11. ^ Formal promotion and relegation had still not been introduced, and so another Test match was played between Newton Heath and Liverpool, the winners of the Second Division. Newton Heath lost, and were relegated.
  12. ^ As a reward for finishing in 3rd place, Newton Heath played yet another Test match against the team that finished third from bottom in the First Division, Stoke City. They lost, and remained in the Second Division.
  13. ^ For finishing in 2nd place, Newton Heath had to play Test matches against Burnley and Sunderland in order to gain promotion to Division One. They beat Burnley over two legs, but lost to Sunderland and remained in Division Two.
  14. ^ No competitive football was played between 1915 and 1919 due to the First World War
  15. ^ a b The 1939–40 season was abandoned in early September and all results annulled, after only three matches had been played; Manchester United were ninth in the table at the time.
  16. ^ No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1946 due to the Second World War
  17. ^ The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46 but the Football League did not resume until the following season.
  18. ^ 32 goals in the First Division
  19. ^ a b c d e Despite entering the first League Cup in 1960–61, like many other major clubs Manchester United declined to take part again until the 1966–67 season.
  20. ^ a b c d From 1939 to 1993, in the event of a draw, the Charity Shield would be shared between the two competing teams, with each team having possession of the trophy for six months.
  21. ^ Joint top scorer with Ron Davies of Southampton
  22. ^ 28 goals in the First Division
  23. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win
  24. ^ Manchester United were deducted one point after a brawl in a game with Arsenal on 20 October 1990.
  25. ^ Joint top scorer with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Leeds United and Michael Owen of Liverpool
  26. ^ 18 goals in the Premier League
  27. ^ Manchester United did not enter the 1999–2000 FA Cup due to their commitment to the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil.
  28. ^ 25 goals in the Premier League
  29. ^ 31 goals in the Premier League
  30. ^ Joint top scorer with Carlos Tévez of Manchester City
  31. ^ 20 goals in the Premier League
  32. ^ 26 goals in the Premier League
  • Murphy, Alex (2006). The Official Illustrated History of Manchester United. London: Orion Books. ISBN 0-7528-7603-1. 
  • Shury, Alan; Landamore, Brian (2005) [2002]. The Definitive Newton Heath F.C. 'Definitive' Club Histories (2nd ed.). Nottingham: SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-16-1. 
  • "StretfordEnd.co.uk". Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  • Rundle, Richard. "Manchester United". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 19 February 2010.