The 1948–49 season was Manchester United’s 47th season in the Football League. They finished second in the league and as FA Cup holders they reached the semi-finals.

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
6 October 1948 Arsenal A 3 – 4 Rowley, Burke, own goal 31,000

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
21 August 1948 Derby County H 1 – 2 Pearson 52,620
23 August 1948 Blackpool A 3 – 0 Rowley (2), Mitten 36,880
28 August 1948 Arsenal A 1 – 0 Mitten 64,150
1 September 1948 Blackpool H 3 – 4 Delaney, Mitten, Morris 51,187
4 September 1948 Huddersfield Town H 4 – 1 Pearson (2), Delaney, Mitten 57,714
8 September 1948 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 3 Morris, Rowley 42,617
11 September 1948 Manchester City A 0 – 0 64,502
15 September 1948 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 0 Buckle, Pearson 33,871
18 September 1948 Sheffield United A 2 – 2 Buckle, Pearson 36,880
25 September 1948 Aston Villa H 3 – 1 Mitten (2), Pearson 53,820
2 October 1948 Sunderland A 1 – 2 Rowley 54,419
9 October 1948 Charlton Athletic H 1 – 1 Burke 46,964
16 October 1948 Stoke City A 1 – 2 Morris 45,830
23 October 1948 Burnley H 1 – 1 Mitten 47,093
30 October 1948 Preston North End A 6 – 1 Mitten (2), Pearson (2), Morris, Rowley 37,372
6 November 1948 Everton H 2 – 0 Delaney, Morris 42,789
13 November 1948 Chelsea A 1 – 1 Rowley 62,542
20 November 1948 Birmingham City H 3 – 0 Morris, Pearson, Rowley 45,482
27 November 1948 Middlesbrough A 4 – 1 Rowley (3), Delaney 31,331
4 December 1948 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 Mitten 70,787
11 December 1948 Portsmouth A 2 – 2 McGlen, Mitten 29,966
18 December 1948 Derby County A 3 – 1 Burke (2), Mitten 31,498
25 December 1948 Liverpool H 0 – 0 47,788
27 December 1948 Liverpool A 2 – 0 Burke, Pearson 53,325
1 January 1949 Arsenal H 2 – 0 Burke, Mitten 58,688
22 January 1949 Manchester City H 0 – 0 66,485
19 February 1949 Aston Villa A 1 – 2 Rowley 68,354
5 March 1949 Charlton Athletic A 3 – 2 Pearson (2), Downie 55,291
12 March 1949 Stoke City H 3 – 0 Downie, Mitten, Rowley 55,949
19 March 1949 Birmingham City A 0 – 1 46,819
6 April 1949 Huddersfield Town A 1 – 2 Rowley 17,256
9 April 1949 Chelsea H 1 – 1 Mitten 27,304
15 April 1949 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 0 Carey 44,999
16 April 1949 Burnley A 2 – 0 Rowley (2) 37,722
18 April 1949 Bolton Wanderers H 3 – 0 Rowley (2), Mitten 47,653
21 April 1949 Sunderland H 1 – 2 Mitten 30,640
23 April 1949 Preston North End H 2 – 2 Downie (2) 43,214
27 April 1949 Everton A 0 – 2 39,106
30 April 1949 Newcastle United A 1 – 0 Burke 38,266
2 May 1949 Middlesbrough H 1 – 0 Rowley 20,158
4 May 1949 Sheffield United H 3 – 2 Downie, Mitten, Pearson 20,880
7 May 1949 Portsmouth H 3 – 2 Rowley (2), Mitten 49,808
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Portsmouth 42 25 8 9 84 42 58
2 Manchester United 42 21 11 10 77 44 53
3 Derby County 42 22 9 11 74 55 53

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
8 January 1949 Round 3 Bournemouth & Boscombe AFC H 6 – 0 Burke (2), Rowley (2), Pearson, Mitten 55,012
29 January 1949 Round 4 Bradford Park Avenue H 1 – 1 Mitten 82,771
5 February 1949 Round 4
Replay
Bradford Park Avenue A 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Mitten 30,000
7 February 1949 Round 4
Second Replay
Bradford Park Avenue H 5 – 0 Burke (2), Rowley (2), Pearson 70,434
12 February 1949 Round 5 Yeovil Town H 8 – 0 Rowley (5), Burke (2), Mitten 81,565
26 February 1949 Round 6 Hull City A 1 – 0 Pearson 55,000
26 March 1949 Semi-final Wolverhampton Wanderers N 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Mitten 62,250
2 April 1949 Semi-final
Replay
Wolverhampton Wanderers N 0 – 1 73,000

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Charity Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Crompton 41 0 8 0 1 0 50 0
GK England Berry Brown 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FB England John Aston, Sr. 39 0 8 0 1 0 48 0
FB England John Ball 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
FB Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey 41 1 7 0 1 0 49 1
FB Scotland Tommy Lowrie 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
HB England Allenby Chilton 42 0 8 0 1 0 51 0
HB England Henry Cockburn 36 0 8 0 0 0 44 0
HB England Billy McGlen 23 1 8 0 0 0 31 1
HB Wales Jack Warner 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
FW England John Anderson 15 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
FW England Ted Buckle 5 2 2 0 0 0 7 2
FW England Ronnie Burke 9 6 6 6 1 1 16 13
FW England Laurie Cassidy 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Jimmy Delaney 36 4 6 0 1 0 43 4
FW Scotland John Downie 12 5 0 0 0 0 12 5
FW England Charlie Mitten 42 18 8 5 1 0 51 23
FW England Johnny Morris 21 6 1 0 1 0 23 6
FW England Stan Pearson 39 14 8 3 0 0 47 17
FW England Jack Rowley 39 20 8 9 1 1 48 30
Own goals 0 0 1 1