The 1938–39 season was Manchester United’s 43rd season in the Football League. Newly promoted back to the First Division, they secured their survival with a 14th-place finish.

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
27 August 1938 Middlesbrough A 1 – 3 Smith 25,539
31 August 1938 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 2 Craven, Own goal 37,950
3 September 1938 Birmingham H 4 – 1 Smith (2), Bryant, Craven 22,228
7 September 1938 Liverpool A 0 – 1 25,070
10 September 1938 Grimsby Town A 0 – 1 14,077
17 September 1938 Stoke City A 1 – 1 Smith 21,526
24 September 1938 Chelsea H 5 – 1 Carey, Manley, Redwood, Rowley, Smith 34,557
1 October 1938 Preston North End A 1 – 1 Bryant 25,964
8 October 1938 Charlton Athletic H 0 – 2 35,730
15 October 1938 Blackpool H 0 – 0 39,723
22 October 1938 Derby County A 1 – 5 Smith 26,612
29 October 1938 Sunderland H 0 – 1 33,565
5 November 1938 Aston Villa A 2 – 0 Rowley, Wrigglesworth 38,357
12 November 1938 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 3 Rowley 32,821
19 November 1938 Everton A 0 – 3 31,809
26 November 1938 Huddersfield Town H 1 – 1 Hanlon 23,164
3 December 1938 Portsmouth A 0 – 0 18,692
10 December 1938 Arsenal H 1 – 0 Bryant 42,008
17 December 1938 Brentford A 5 – 2 Hanlon (2), Bryant, Manley, Rowley 14,919
24 December 1938 Middlesbrough H 1 – 1 Wassall 33,235
26 December 1938 Leicester City H 3 – 0 Wrigglesworth (2), Carey 26,332
27 December 1938 Leicester City A 1 – 1 Hanlon 21,434
31 December 1938 Birmingham A 3 – 3 Hanlon, McKay, Pearson 20,787
14 January 1939 Grimsby Town H 3 – 1 Rowley (2), Wassall 25,654
21 January 1939 Stoke City H 0 – 1 37,384
28 January 1939 Chelsea A 1 – 0 Bradbury 31,265
4 February 1939 Preston North End H 1 – 1 Rowley 41,061
11 February 1939 Charlton Athletic A 1 – 7 Hanlon 23,721
18 February 1939 Blackpool A 5 – 3 Hanlon (3), Bryant, Carey 15,253
25 February 1939 Derby County H 1 – 1 Carey 37,166
4 March 1939 Sunderland A 2 – 5 Manley, Rowley 11,078
11 March 1939 Aston Villa H 1 – 1 Wassall 28,292
18 March 1939 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0 – 3 31,498
29 March 1939 Everton H 0 – 2 18,348
1 April 1939 Huddersfield Town A 1 – 1 Rowley 14,007
7 April 1939** Leeds United H 0 – 0 35,564
8 April 1939 Portsmouth H 1 – 1 Rowley 25,457
10 April 1939 Leeds United A 1 – 3 Carey 13,771
15 April 1939 Arsenal A 1 – 2 Hanlon 25,741
22 April 1939 Brentford H 3 – 0 Bryant, Carey, Wassall 15,353
29 April 1939 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 0 10,314
6 May 1939 Liverpool H 2 – 0 Hanlon (2) 12,073
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Leeds United 42 16 9 17 59 67 –8 41
14 Manchester United 42 11 16 15 57 65 –8 38
15 Blackpool 42 11 14 17 56 68 –12 38

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

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
7 January 1939 Round 3 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 0 23,900
11 January 1939 Round 3
Replay
West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 5 Redwood 17,641