Manchester United F.C. in European football

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Manchester United in European football
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Manchester United Football Club is an English football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. They were the first English club to enter European competition, entering the European Cup in 1956. Since then, the club has competed in every UEFA-organised competition, with the exception of the now-defunct Intertoto Cup.

The competition in which the club has had the most success is the European Cup (now known as the UEFA Champions League); they have won three European Cups, the first of which came in 1968; this win made them the first English club to win the European Cup. The other two victories came in 1999 and 2008. The club has also won the Cup Winners' Cup, which they won in 1991; the Super Cup, also won in 1991; and the Intercontinental Cup, which they won in 1999.

After their Champions League wins in 1999 and 2008, Manchester United also competed as UEFA's representatives at the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. They were knocked out of the 2000 tournament at the group stage, but went on to win the 2008 competition, becoming the first English side to do so.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Following their league title win the previous season, Manchester United first competed in European football competition in 1956–57. 1954–55 Football League winners Chelsea had been denied the opportunity to take part in the inaugural European Cup by The Football League's chairman Alan Hardaker, who feared that European football would damage the integrity of the English game. However, Matt Busby, the manager of Manchester United, was a forward-thinking man and was determined to have his team compete on the European stage. With the backing of The Football Association's chairman, Stanley Rous (who would later go on to become the president of FIFA), Manchester United were allowed to compete in the 1956–57 European Cup.

The club's first match in European competition was a European Cup preliminary round tie against Anderlecht at Parc Astrid in Brussels; Manchester United won the match 2–0 in front of 35,000 spectators. The return leg was played at Maine Road, the home of Manchester United's local rivals Manchester City, as United's stadium, Old Trafford, had not yet been fitted with the necessary floodlighting for evening games. The match finished as a 10–0 win for Manchester United, a result that still stands as the club's record win in all competitions. A long run in the European Cup followed, including wins over Borussia Dortmund and Athletic Bilbao and culminating with a semi-final tie against Real Madrid. The first leg took United to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, where they were defeated 3–1 in front of a record away crowd of 135,000 spectators. However, they were only able to draw 2–2 in the second leg back at Old Trafford, and the club's first European season came to an end as Real Madrid went on to record the second of their five consecutive European Cup titles.

Munich[edit]

Main article: Munich air disaster

United won the league title again that season, and were therefore eligible to compete in the European Cup for the second consecutive year. After dispatching Shamrock Rovers 9–2 on aggregate in the preliminary round, United were paired with Dukla Prague for the first round. After the second leg in Prague, the team was scheduled to fly back to Manchester the following day, but fog over Manchester prevented this and they were forced to make hasty arrangements to travel back via ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich and then by train up to Manchester. This long-winded journey took its toll on the players, who were only able to manage a 1–1 away draw against Birmingham City two days later.

Eager to avoid such a scenario again, the club's management chartered a plane for the quarter-final second leg away to Red Star Belgrade. Following a 2–1 win in the first leg at Old Trafford, a 3–3 draw in Belgrade was enough to secure passage to the semi-finals. On the return flight to Manchester, British European Airways Flight 609 stopped over in a snow-covered Munich for refuelling. Once the refuelling was complete, the pilot was given clearance to take off, only to be halted by a fault with the plane's engine. A second attempt was made a few seconds later, but the same fault kept the plane grounded. Half an hour later, after inspection by the airport's engineers, the plane was given clearance for another take-off attempt. The suggested solution was to have the plane accelerate more slowly, but this meant that the take-off velocity would not be reached until the plane was even further down the runway. Once the plane reached 117 knots – the speed at which it was no longer safe to abort the take-off – the pilot would have expected the plane's velocity to continue to increase; however, there was a sudden drop in velocity and the plane was unable to take off before the end of the runway. It skidded off the end of the runway, through a wire fence and across a road before crashing into a house.

The impact of the crash and the subsequent explosion of fuel killed 21 of the 44 people on board instantly, and another two died in hospital a few days later. Eight of those who died were Manchester United players, among them Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor, while club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley were also killed. Matt Busby was also severely injured, but he made a full recovery after two months in hospital. With eight of the club's first team having been killed in the accident, and several more still recuperating, a threadbare side took to the field for the semi-final matches against Milan. A 2–1 win at Old Trafford in the first leg gave the team hope of a place in the final, but a 4–0 defeat back at the San Siro put paid to those dreams. In honour of those who died, UEFA offered United a berth in the 1958–59 European Cup, drawing them against BSC Young Boys in the preliminary round, but the Football League denied United entry to the competition as they had not won the Football League the previous season after their league campaign crumbled in the aftermath of the disaster.

Return to Europe[edit]

Victory in the 1962–63 FA Cup meant that United returned to European competition after a five-year absence for the 1963–64 Cup Winners' Cup. After sweeping aside Willem II of the Netherlands and the defending champions, England's Tottenham Hotspur, United were drawn against Sporting CP in the quarter-finals. A 4–1 home win in the first leg meant that United needed to avoid defeat by more than three goals at Estádio José Alvalade to progress to the semi-finals; however, the team succumbed to their heaviest defeat in European competition to date, losing 5–0 on the night and 6–4 on aggregate.

A second-place finish in the league in 1963–64 meant that United qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1964–65. They reached the semi-finals, knocking out Djurgården, Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Strasbourg before losing 2–1 to Ferencváros in a play-off after a 3–3 aggregate draw over two legs.

Back in the European Cup[edit]

The following season saw United return to the European Cup for the first time since Munich after they had beaten Leeds United to top spot in the Football League on goal average. After seeing off Finland's HJK Helsinki and Vorwärts Berlin of East Germany in the first two rounds, Manchester United were drawn against four-time finalists, two-time winners and the previous season's runners-up, Benfica. Benfica's most famous player, the Portuguese international Eusébio, had just been named the European Footballer of the Year and his team went into the tie as favourites. Despite this tag, United ran out 3–2 winners in the first leg at Old Trafford, before beating the Lisbon side 5–1 back at the Estádio da Luz, in what is considered to be the greatest match of George Best's career.[1][2][3] The result set up a semi-final tie with Partizan, a tie that would take United back to for the first time since the tragedy in Munich. Best had injured his knee in an FA Cup Sixth Round match against Preston North End a couple of weeks before, and although he played in the first leg against Partizan, he was not fully fit and United struggled, losing 2–0 at the JNA Stadium. A goal from Nobby Stiles secured a 1–0 win in the second leg back at Old Trafford, but it was not enough and Matt Busby, believing that his dream of winning the European Cup was over, considered retirement; however, he resolved to win another league title and have one last shot at Europe's biggest prize.

First European title[edit]

Manchester United won the 1966–67 Football League title by four points over Nottingham Forest with a game to spare; this secured their second European Cup appearance in three seasons for 1967–68. After overcoming the Maltese champions, Hibernians, in the first round, United were handed yet another trip to Yugoslavia, this time to take on FK Sarajevo. The Red Devils faced a long journey to Sarajevo for the first leg, and they were held to a 0–0 draw in a very physical match. The second leg was equally robust, but United took control of the tie with goals from John Aston and George Best. Sarajevo were only able to pull back one goal and United went through to the quarter-finals, where they were drawn against Polish side Górnik Zabrze. United won the first leg at Old Trafford 2–0; an own goal from Stefan Florenski put them 1–0 up after an hour, and Brian Kidd doubled their lead in the final minute. The Poles had come to be considered one of the better sides in the last eight, and they were able to come away with a 1–0 win in the second leg, but it was not enough to prevent United from progressing to a semi-final tie with Real Madrid, which they successfully navigated to set up a clash with Benfica in the final at Wembley Stadium. They beat the Portuguese champions 4–1 after extra time to claim their first European trophy.

United reached the semi-finals of the European Cup as holders in the 1968–69 season, but lost to Milan. They would not compete in Europe for another seven years.

European comeback[edit]

Following the retirement of Sir Matt Busby as manager at the end of the 1968–69 season, United entered a barren period which culminated in relegation to the Second Division in 1974. Promotion was achieved at the first attempt under the management of Tommy Docherty, who had taken over in December 1972, and in that first season back in the top flight, United finished third in the league to qualify for the UEFA Cup.

Although United did qualify for the European Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners in 1977 and for the UEFA Cup in 1980 and 1982 with top-five finishes, they failed to make an impact on European competitions until the 1983–84 season, when they qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners under Ron Atkinson. The United squad of this era was arguably the finest of the post-Busby era, containing star players including Ray Wilkins, Bryan Robson, Frank Stapleton and the teenage forward Norman Whiteside. United achieved a famous victory over Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup, winning the second leg 3–0 at Old Trafford after being beaten 2–0 in Spain in the first leg, made all the more impressive by the fact that Barcelona's team contained Diego Maradona, rated by many as the best footballer in the world at the time.

United reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1984–85, but this would be their last contribution to European football for half a decade; the subsequent Heysel Stadium disaster at the European Cup final, in which rioting by Liverpool fans resulted in the death of 39 spectators and led to a ban on all English clubs in European competitions which would not be lifted in 1990. This resulted in United missing out on qualification for the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985, and the UEFA Cup in 1986 and 1988. During this exile from Europe, United replaced Ron Atkinson with Alex Ferguson as their manager, and he remained in charge more than a quarter of a century later.

Since 1990[edit]

When the ban on English clubs in European competitions was lifted for the 1990–91 season, United were England's representatives in the European Cup Winners' Cup, as FA Cup winners, and had been the only English club to have appeared in European competition every single season since, until David Moyes was sacked on the way to their seventh-placed finish in the 2013–14 season.

They marked their return to Europe by winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991, with a 2–1 win over Barcelona (by now without Maradona) in which Mark Hughes scored twice. Their defence of the trophy in the 1991–92 season was short-lived, ending at the hands of Atlético Madrid in the second round, and they lost at the first hurdle in the 1992–93 UEFA Cup. League title glory in 1993 saw United enter the European Cup (now branded the Champions League) for the first time in 25 years, but in spite of their excellent domestic form during this era, they failed to make much of an impact in European competitions until the 1996–97 season, when they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and were beaten by Borussia Dortmund. This campaign in Europe also saw them suffer their first defeat home in a European competitions, 40 years after first competing on the continent.

They finally clinched the Champions League title in 1999 with stoppage-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær giving them a 2–1 win over Bayern Munich in Barcelona to end a 31-year wait for a second European Cup. In 2003–04, United were beaten by Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League, ending a seven-year run of quarter-final appearances in the competitions, which also included one run to the final and a further two to the semi-finals.

After three short-lived Champions League campaigns, United made an impact on the competition in the 2006–07 season. After going down 2–1 in Italy to Roma in the quarter-final first leg, they triumphed 7–1 in the second leg to reach the semi-finals for the first time in five years. They took a 3–2 lead against Milan in the first leg, only for their hopes of an all-English final with Liverpool to be ended by a 3–0 second leg defeat. A year later, however, they won the trophy for the third time, beating fellow English side Chelsea on penalties in Moscow after a 1–1 draw in the first all-English European Cup final. United reached two European Cup finals in the next three years, but lost to Barcelona on both occasions; first in the 2009 final in Rome, and then in the 2011 final at the new Wembley Stadium in London. After finishing seventh in the Premier League in 2013–14 under David Moyes, United missed out on European football in 2014–15 for the first time in 25 years.

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opposition Score[nb 1]
1956–57 European Cup Preliminary round Belgium Anderlecht 2–0 (A), 10–0 (H)
First round West Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–2 (H), 0–0 (A)
Quarter-final Spain Athletic Bilbao 3–5 (A), 3–0 (H)
Semi-final Spain Real Madrid 1–3 (A), 2–2 (H)
1957–58 European Cup Preliminary round Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 6–0 (A), 3–2 (H)
First round Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 3–0 (H), 0–1 (A)
Quarter-final Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 2–1 (H), 3–3 (A)
Semi-final Italy Milan 2–1 (H), 0–4 (A)
1958–59 European Cup Preliminary round Switzerland Young Boys Withdrew
1963–64 Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary round Netherlands Willem II 1–1 (A), 6–0 (H)
First round England Tottenham Hotspur 0–2 (A), 4–1 (H)
Quarter-final Portugal Sporting CP 4–1 (H), 0–5 (A)
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round Sweden Djurgården 1–1 (A), 6–0 (H)
Second round West Germany Borussia Dortmund 6–1 (A), 4–0 (H)
Third round England Everton 1–1 (A), 6–0 (H)
Quarter-final France Strasbourg 5–0 (A), 0–0 (H)
Semi-final Hungary Ferencváros 3–2 (H), 0–1 (A), 1–2 (A)
1965–66 European Cup Preliminary round Finland HJK Helsinki 3–2 (A), 6–0 (H)
First round East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 2–0 (A), 3–1 (H)
Quarter-final Portugal Benfica 3–2 (H), 5–1 (A)
Semi-final Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 0–2 (A), 1–0 (H)
1967–68 European Cup First round Malta Hibernians 4–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
Second round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Sarajevo 0–0 (A), 2–1 (H)
Quarter-final Poland Górnik Zabrze 2–0 (H), 0–1 (A)
Semi-final Spain Real Madrid 1–0 (H), 3–3 (A)
Final Portugal Benfica 4–1 (N)
1968 Intercontinental Cup Final Argentina Estudiantes 0–1 (A), 1–1 (H)
1968–69 European Cup First round Republic of Ireland Waterford 3–1 (A), 7–1 (H)
Second round Belgium Anderlecht 3–0 (H), 1–3 (A)
Quarter-final Austria Rapid Vienna 3–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
Semi-final Italy Milan 0–2 (A), 1–0 (H)
1976–77 UEFA Cup First round Netherlands Ajax 0–1 (A), 2–0 (H)
Second round Italy Juventus 1–0 (H), 0–3 (A)
1977–78 Cup Winners' Cup First round France Saint-Étienne 1–1 (A), 2–0 (H)
Second round Portugal Porto 0–4 (A), 5–2 (H)
1980–81 UEFA Cup First round Poland Widzew Łódź 1–1 (H), 0–0 (A)[nb 2]
1982–83 UEFA Cup First round Spain Valencia 0–0 (H), 1–2 (A)
1983–84 Cup Winners' Cup First round Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 1–1 (H), 2–2 (A)[nb 3]
Second round Bulgaria Spartak Varna 2–1 (A), 2–0 (H)
Quarter-final Spain Barcelona 0–2 (A), 3–0 (H)
Semi-final Italy Juventus 1–1 (H), 1–2 (A)
1984–85 UEFA Cup First round Hungary Rába ETO Győr 3–0 (H), 2–2 (A)
Second round Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 (H), 1–0 (A)
Third round Scotland Dundee United 2–2 (H), 3–2 (A)
Quarter-final Hungary Videoton 1–0 (H), 0–1 (A)[nb 4]
1985–86 Cup Winners' Cup Banned
1986–87 UEFA Cup
1988–89 UEFA Cup
1990–91 Cup Winners' Cup First round Hungary Pécsi Munkás 2–0 (H), 1–0 (A)
Second round Wales Wrexham 3–0 (H), 2–0 (A)
Quarter-final France Montpellier 1–1 (H), 2–0 (A)
Semi-final Poland Legia Warsaw 3–1 (A), 1–1 (H)
Final Spain Barcelona 2–1 (N)
1991 Super Cup Final Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 1–0 (H)
1991–92 Cup Winners' Cup First round Greece Athinaikos 0–0 (A), 2–0 (H)
Second round Spain Atlético Madrid 0–3 (A), 1–1 (H)
1992–93 UEFA Cup First round Russia Torpedo Moscow 0–0 (H), 0–0 (A)[nb 5]
1993–94 Champions League First round Hungary Kispest Honvéd 3–2 (A), 2–1 (H)
Second round Turkey Galatasaray 3–3 (H), 0–0 (A)[nb 2]
1994–95 Champions League Group A Sweden IFK Göteborg 4–2 (H), 1–3 (A)
Turkey Galatasaray 0–0 (A), 4–0 (H)
Spain Barcelona 2–2 (H), 0–4 (A)
1995–96 UEFA Cup First round Russia Rotor Volgograd 0–0 (A), 2–2 (H)[nb 2]
1996–97 Champions League Group C Italy Juventus 0–1 (A), 0–1 (H)
Austria Rapid Vienna 2–0 (H), 2–0 (A)
Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–0 (A), 0–1 (H)
Quarter-final Portugal Porto 4–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
Semi-final Germany Borussia Dortmund 0–1 (A), 0–1 (H)
1997–98 Champions League Group B Slovakia Košice 3–0 (A), 3–0 (H)
Italy Juventus 3–2 (H), 0–1 (A)
Netherlands Feyenoord 2–1 (H), 3–1 (A)
Quarter-final France AS Monaco 0–0 (A), 1–1 (H)[nb 2]
1998–99 Champions League Second qualifying round Poland ŁKS Łódź 2–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
Group D Spain Barcelona 3–3 (H), 3–3 (A)
Germany Bayern Munich 2–2 (A), 1–1 (H)
Denmark Brøndby 6–2 (A), 5–0 (H)
Quarter-final Italy Internazionale 2–0 (H), 1–1 (A)
Semi-final Italy Juventus 1–1 (H), 3–2 (A)
Final Germany Bayern Munich 2–1 (N)
1999 Super Cup Final Italy Lazio 0–1 (N)
1999 Intercontinental Cup Final Brazil Palmeiras 1–0 (N)
2000 Club World Championship Group B Mexico Necaxa 1–1 (N)
Brazil Vasco da Gama 1–3 (N)
Australia South Melbourne 2–0 (N)
1999–2000 Champions League First group round
Group D
Croatia Croatia Zagreb 0–0 (H), 2–1 (A)
Austria Sturm Graz 3–0 (A), 2–1 (H)
France Marseille 2–1 (H), 0–1 (A)
Second group round
Group B
Italy Fiorentina 0–2 (A), 3–1 (H)
Spain Valencia 3–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
France Bordeaux 2–0 (H), 1–0 (A)
Quarter-final Spain Real Madrid 0–0 (A), 2–3 (H)
2000–01 Champions League First group round
Group G
Belgium Anderlecht 5–1 (H), 1–2 (A)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 (A), 1–0 (H)
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1–3 (A), 3–1 (H)
Second group round
Group A
Greece Panathinaikos 3–1 (H), 1–1 (A)
Austria Sturm Graz 2–0 (A), 3–0 (H)
Spain Valencia 0–0 (A), 1–1 (H)
Quarter-final Germany Bayern Munich 0–1 (H), 1–2 (A)
2001–02 Champions League First group round
Group G
France Lille 1–0 (H), 1–1 (A)
Spain Deportivo 1–2 (A), 2–3 (H)
Greece Olympiacos 2–0 (A), 3–0 (H)
Second group round
Group A
Germany Bayern Munich 1–1 (A), 0–0 (H)
Portugal Boavista 3–0 (H), 3–0 (A)
France Nantes 1–1 (A), 5–1 (H)
Quarter-final Spain Deportivo 2–0 (A), 3–2 (H)
Semi-final Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2–2 (H), 1–1 (A)[nb 2]
2002–03 Champions League Third qualifying round Hungary Zalaegerszeg 0–1 (A), 5–0 (H)
First group round
Group F
Israel Maccabi Haifa 5–2 (H), 0–3 (A)
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2–1 (A), 2–0 (H)
Greece Olympiacos 4–0 (H), 3–2 (A)
Second group round
Group D
Switzerland Basel 3–1 (A), 1–1 (H)
Spain Deportivo 2–0 (H), 0–2 (A)
Italy Juventus 2–1 (H), 3–0 (A)
Quarter-final Spain Real Madrid 1–3 (A), 4–3 (H)
2003–04 Champions League Group E Greece Panathinaikos 5–0 (H), 1–0 (A)
Germany Stuttgart 1–2 (A), 2–0 (H)
Scotland Rangers 1–0 (A), 3–0 (H)
First knockout round Portugal Porto 1–2 (A), 1–1 (H)
2004–05 Champions League Third qualifying round Romania Dinamo București 2–1 (A), 3–0 (H)
Group D France Lyon 2–2 (A), 2–1 (H)
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6–2 (H), 0–3 (A)
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–0 (H), 4–1 (A)
First knockout round Italy Milan 0–1 (H), 0–1 (A)
2005–06 Champions League Third qualifying round Hungary Debrecen 3–0 (H), 3–0 (A)
Group D Spain Villarreal 0–0 (A), 0–0 (H)
Portugal Benfica 2–1 (H), 1–2 (A)
France Lille 0–0 (H), 0–1 (A)
2006–07 Champions League Group F Scotland Celtic 3–2 (H), 0–1 (A)
Portugal Benfica 1–0 (A), 3–1 (H)
Denmark Copenhagen 3–0 (H), 0–1 (A)
First knockout round France Lille 1–0 (A), 1–0 (H)
Quarter-final Italy Roma 1–2 (A), 7–1 (H)
Semi-final Italy Milan 3–2 (H), 0–3 (A)
2007–08 Champions League Group F Portugal Sporting CP 1–0 (A), 2–1 (H)
Italy Roma 1–0 (H), 1–1 (A)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 4–2 (A), 4–0 (H)
First knockout round France Lyon 1–1 (A), 1–0 (H)
Quarter-final Italy Roma 2–0 (A), 1–0 (H)
Semi-final Spain Barcelona 0–0 (A), 1–0 (H)
Final England Chelsea 1–1 (N)[nb 6]
2008 Super Cup Final Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–2 (N)
2008 Club World Cup Semi-final Japan Gamba Osaka 5–3 (N)
Final Ecuador LDU Quito 1–0 (N)
2008–09 Champions League Group E Spain Villarreal 0–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
Denmark Aalborg 3–0 (A), 2–2 (H)
Scotland Celtic 3–0 (H), 1–1 (A)
First knockout round Italy Internazionale 0–0 (A), 2–0 (H)
Quarter-final Portugal Porto 2–2 (H), 1–0 (A)
Semi-final England Arsenal 1–0 (H), 3–1 (A)
Final Spain Barcelona 0–2 (N)
2009–10 Champions League Group B Turkey Beşiktaş 1–0 (A), 0–1 (H)
Germany Wolfsburg 2–1 (H), 3–1 (A)
Russia CSKA Moscow 1–0 (A), 3–3 (H)
Round of 16 Italy Milan 3–2 (A), 4–0 (H)
Quarter-final Germany Bayern Munich 1–2 (A), 3–2 (H)[nb 2]
2010–11 Champions League Group C Scotland Rangers 0–0 (H), 1–0 (A)
Spain Valencia 1–0 (A), 1–1 (H)
Turkey Bursaspor 1–0 (H), 3–0 (A)
Round of 16 France Marseille 0–0 (A), 2–1 (H)
Quarter-final England Chelsea 1–0 (A), 2–1 (H)
Semi-final Germany Schalke 04 2–0 (A), 4–1 (H)
Final Spain Barcelona 1–3 (N)
2011–12 Champions League Group C Portugal Benfica 1–1 (A), 2–2 (H)
Switzerland Basel 3–3 (H), 1–2 (A)
Romania Oțelul Galați 2–0 (A), 2–0 (H)
2011–12 Europa League Round of 32 Netherlands Ajax 2–0 (A), 1–2 (H)
Round of 16 Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–3 (H), 1–2 (A)
2012–13 Champions League Group H Turkey Galatasaray 1–0 (H), 0–1 (A)
Romania CFR Cluj 2–1 (A), 0–1 (H)
Portugal Braga 3–2 (H), 3–1 (A)
Round of 16 Spain Real Madrid 1–1 (A), 1–2 (H)
2013–14 Champions League Group A Germany Bayer Leverkusen 4–2 (H), 5–0 (A)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–1 (A), 1–0 (H)
Spain Real Sociedad 1–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
Round of 16 Greece Olympiacos 0–2 (A), 3–0 (H)
Quarter-final Germany Bayern Munich 1–1 (H), 1–3 (A)

Overall record[edit]

By competition[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%[nb 7] Ref
Champions League / European Cup 253 141 62 50 469 240 +229 55.73 [4]
Cup Winners' Cup 31 16 9 6 55 35 +20 51.61 [5]
Europa League / UEFA Cup / Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 35 13 13 9 54 33 +21 37.14 [6]
Super Cup 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 33.33 [7]
Intertoto Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Intercontinental Cup 3 1 1 1 2 2 +0 33.33 [8]
Club World Cup 5 3 1 1 10 7 +3 60.00 [9]
Total 330 175 86 69 592 320 +272 53.03 [10]

By country[edit]

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%[nb 7] Ref
 Argentina 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 00.00 [11]
 Australia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000 [12]
 Austria 8 7 1 0 17 1 +16 87.50 [13]
 Belgium 6 4 0 2 22 6 +16 66.67 [14]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 50.00 [15]
 Brazil 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 50.00 [16]
 Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 100.000 [17]
 Croatia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 50.00 [18]
 Czech Republic / Czechoslovakia 6 2 3 1 10 5 +5 33.33 [19]
 Denmark 6 4 1 1 19 5 +14 66.67 [20]
 East Germany 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 100.000
 Ecuador 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000 [21]
 England 9 6 2 1 15 8 +7 66.67 [22]
 Finland 2 2 0 0 9 2 +7 100.000 [23]
 France 26 13 11 2 36 15 +21 50.00 [24][25]
 Germany / West Germany 31 16 8 7 61 33 +28 51.61 [26]
 Greece 12 9 2 1 27 6 +21 75.00 [27]
 Hungary 15 10 1 4 29 12 +17 66.67 [28]
 Ireland 4 4 0 0 19 4 +15 100.000 [29]
 Israel 2 1 0 1 5 5 +0 50.00 [30]
 Italy 35 17 5 13 49 40 +9 48.57 [31]
 Japan 1 1 0 0 5 3 +2 100.000 [32]
 Malta 2 1 1 0 4 0 +4 50.00 [33]
 Mexico 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 00.00 [34]
 Netherlands 12 7 2 3 22 11 +11 58.33 [35]
 Poland 8 3 4 1 9 4 +5 37.50 [36]
 Portugal 25 16 5 4 55 32 +23 64.00 [37]
 Romania 6 5 0 1 11 3 +8 83.33 [38]
 Russia 7 1 5 1 7 7 +0 14.29 [39]
 Scotland 10 6 3 1 17 8 +9 60.00 [40]
 Serbia 5 3 1 1 7 6 +1 60.00 [41]
 Slovakia 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 100.000 [42]
 Spain 47 12 19 16 59 67 -8 25.53 [43]
 Sweden 4 2 1 1 12 7 +5 50.00 [44]
  Switzerland 4 1 2 1 8 7 +1 25.00 [45]
 Turkey 14 7 3 4 21 11 +10 50.00 [46]
 Ukraine 6 4 2 0 11 3 +8 66.67 [47]
 Wales 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 100.000 [48]

Honours[edit]

European[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Manchester United score comes first
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lost on away goals
  3. ^ Won on away goals
  4. ^ Lost 5–4 on penalties
  5. ^ Lost 4–3 on penalties
  6. ^ Won 6–5 on penalties
  7. ^ a b Win% is rounded to two decimal places

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