The 1950–51 season was Manchester United’s 49th season in the Football League. The club finished runners-up to champions Tottenham Hotspur in the league and were also quarter-finalists in the FA Cup.

A notable debutant for the club this season was 17-year-old Barnsley born centre-half Mark Jones.

 

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
19 August 1950 Fulham H 1 – 0 Pearson 44,042
23 August 1950 Liverpool A 1 – 2 Rowley 30,211
26 August 1950 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 1 40,431
30 August 1950 Liverpool H 1 – 0 Downie 34,835
2 September 1950 Blackpool H 1 – 0 Bogan 53,260
4 September 1950 Aston Villa A 3 – 1 Rowley (2), Pearson 42,724
9 September 1950 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 1 60,621
13 September 1950 Aston Villa H 0 – 0 33,021
16 September 1950 Charlton Athletic H 3 – 0 Delaney, Pearson, Rowley 36,619
23 September 1950 Middlesbrough A 2 – 1 Pearson (2) 48,051
30 September 1950 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0 – 0 45,898
7 October 1950 Sheffield Wednesday H 3 – 1 Downie, McShane, Rowley 40,651
14 October 1950 Arsenal A 0 – 3 66,150
21 October 1950 Portsmouth H 0 – 0 41,842
28 October 1950 Everton A 4 – 1 Rowley (2), Aston, Pearson 51,142
4 November 1950 Burnley H 1 – 1 McShane 39,454
11 November 1950 Chelsea A 0 – 1 51,882
18 November 1950 Stoke City H 0 – 0 30,031
25 November 1950 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 0 Birch 28,146
2 December 1950 Newcastle United H 1 – 2 Birch 34,502
9 December 1950 Huddersfield Town A 3 – 2 Aston (2), Birkett 26,713
16 December 1950 Fulham A 2 – 2 Pearson (2) 19,649
23 December 1950 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 3 Aston, Pearson 35,382
25 December 1950 Sunderland A 1 – 2 Aston 41,215
26 December 1950 Sunderland H 3 – 5 Bogan (2), Aston 35,176
13 January 1951 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 1 Birch, Rowley 43,283
20 January 1951 Charlton Athletic A 2 – 1 Aston, Birkett 31,978
3 February 1951 Middlesbrough H 1 – 0 Pearson 44,633
17 February 1951 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 1 Birch, Rowley 42,022
26 February 1951 Sheffield Wednesday A 4 – 0 McShane, Downie, Pearson, Rowley 25,693
3 March 1951 Arsenal H 3 – 1 Aston (2), Downie 46,202
10 March 1951 Portsmouth A 0 – 0 33,148
17 March 1951 Everton H 3 – 0 Aston, Downie, Pearson 29,317
23 March 1951 Derby County H 2 – 0 Aston, Downie 42,009
24 March 1951 Burnley A 2 – 1 Aston, McShane 36,656
26 March 1951 Derby County A 4 – 2 Aston, Downie, Pearson, Rowley 25,860
31 March 1951 Chelsea H 4 – 1 Pearson (3), McShane 25,779
7 April 1951 Stoke City A 0 – 2 25,690
14 April 1951 West Bromwich Albion H 3 – 0 Downie, Pearson, Rowley 24,764
21 April 1951 Newcastle United A 2 – 0 Rowley, Pearson 45,209
28 April 1951 Huddersfield Town H 6 – 0 Aston (2), McShane (2), Downie, Rowley 25,560
5 May 1951 Blackpool A 1 – 1 Downie 22,864
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 42 25 10 7 82 44 60
2 Manchester United 42 24 8 10 74 40 56
3 Blackpool 42 20 10 12 79 53 50

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
6 January 1951 Round 3 Oldham Athletic H 4 – 1 Pearson, Aston, Birch, own goal 37,161
27 January 1951 Round 4 Leeds United H 4 – 0 Pearson (3), Rowley 55,434
10 February 1951 Round 5 Arsenal H 1 – 0 Pearson 55,058
24 February 1951 Round 6 Birmingham City A 0 – 1 50,000

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Reg Allen 40 0 4 0 44 0
GK England Jack Crompton 2 0 0 0 2 0
FB Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey 39 0 4 0 43 0
FB Scotland Tommy Lowrie 0 0 1 0 1 0
FB England Thomas McNulty 4 0 1 0 5 0
FB England Billy Redman 16 0 2 0 18 0
HB England Allenby Chilton 38 0 4 0 42 0
HB England Henry Cockburn 35 0 4 0 39 0
HB England Don Gibson 32 0 3 0 35 0
HB England Mark Jones 4 0 0 0 4 0
HB England Billy McGlen 26 0 1 0 27 0
HB Scotland Ed McIlvenny 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB England Jeff Whitefoot 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England John Aston, Sr. 41 15 4 1 45 16
FW England Brian Birch 8 4 4 1 12 5
FW England Cliff Birkett 9 2 4 0 13 2
FW England Tommy Bogan 11 3 0 0 11 3
FW England Laurie Cassidy 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Frank Clempson 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Jimmy Delaney 13 1 0 0 13 1
FW Scotland John Downie 29 10 0 0 29 10
FW Scotland Harry McShane 30 7 1 0 31 7
FW England Stan Pearson 39 18 4 5 43 23
FW England Jack Rowley 39 14 3 1 42 15
Own goals 0 1 1