The 1955–56 season was Manchester United’s 54th season in the Football League, and their 11th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

A United side consisted mostly of players in their late teens and early twenties finished the season as league champions 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals Blackpool and Wolves.

Right-half Eddie Colman made his debut for United this season, first featuring in the league match against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on 12 November 1955 and was soon a regular partner to Duncan Edwards in the United half-back positions. Colman’s breakthrough forced Jeff Whitefoot out of the team and contributed to his transfer to Grimsby Town in the summer of 1956, while long-serving goalkeeper Jack Crompton played his final game for United this season.

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
20 August 1955 Birmingham City A 2 – 2 Viollet (2) 37,994
24 August 1955 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 2 Berry, Webster 25,406
27 August 1955 West Bromwich Albion H 3 – 1 Lewis, Scanlon, Viollet 31,996
31 August 1955 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 1 Edwards (2) 27,453
3 September 1955 Manchester City A 0 – 1 59,162
7 September 1955 Everton H 2 – 1 Blanchflower, Edwards 27,843
10 September 1955 Sheffield United A 0 – 1 28,241
14 September 1955 Everton A 2 – 4 Blanchflower, Webster 34,897
17 September 1955 Preston North End H 3 – 2 Pegg, Taylor, Viollet 33,078
24 September 1955 Burnley A 0 – 0 26,873
1 October 1955 Luton Town H 3 – 1 Taylor (2), Colin Webster 34,409
8 October 1955 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 4 – 3 Taylor (2), Doherty, Pegg 48,638
15 October 1955 Aston Villa A 4 – 4 Pegg (2), Blanchflower, Webster 29,478
22 October 1955 Huddersfield Town H 3 – 0 Berry, Pegg, Taylor 34,150
29 October 1955 Cardiff City A 1 – 0 Taylor 27,795
5 November 1955 Arsenal H 1 – 1 Taylor 41,586
12 November 1955 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 3 Taylor 38,109
19 November 1955 Chelsea H 3 – 0 Taylor (2), Byrne 22,192
26 November 1955 Blackpool A 0 – 0 26,240
3 December 1955 Sunderland H 2 – 1 Doherty, Viollet 39,901
10 December 1955 Portsmouth A 2 – 3 Pegg, Taylor 24,594
17 December 1955 Birmingham City H 2 – 1 Jones, Viollet 27,704
24 December 1955 West Bromwich Albion A 4 – 1 Viollet (3), Taylor 25,168
26 December 1955 Charlton Athletic H 5 – 1 Viollet (2), Byrne, Doherty, Taylor 44,611
27 December 1955 Charlton Athletic A 0 – 3 42,040
31 December 1955 Manchester City H 2 – 1 Taylor, Viollet 60,956
14 January 1956 Sheffield United H 3 – 1 Berry, Pegg, Taylor 30,162
21 January 1956 Preston North End A 1 – 3 Whelan 28,047
4 February 1956 Burnley H 2 – 0 Taylor, Viollet 27,342
11 February 1956 Luton Town A 2 – 0 Viollet, Whelan 16,354
18 February 1956 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 0 Taylor (2) 40,014
25 February 1956 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Whelan 36,277
3 March 1956 Chelsea A 4 – 2 Viollet (2), Pegg, Taylor 32,050
10 March 1956 Cardiff City H 1 – 1 Byrne 44,693
17 March 1956 Arsenal A 1 – 1 Viollet 50,758
24 March 1956 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 0 Taylor 46,114
30 March 1956 Newcastle United H 5 – 2 Viollet (2), Doherty, Pegg, Taylor 58,994
31 March 1956 Huddersfield Town A 2 – 0 Taylor (2) 37,780
2 April 1956 Newcastle United A 0 – 0 37,395
7 April 1956 Blackpool H 2 – 1 Berry, Taylor 62,277
14 April 1956 Sunderland A 2 – 2 McGuinness, Whelan 19,865
21 April 1956 Portsmouth H 1 – 0 Viollet 38,417
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Manchester United 42 25 10 7 83 51 60
2 Blackpool 42 20 9 13 86 62 49
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 20 9 13 89 65 49

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 1956 Round 3 Bristol Rovers A 0 – 4 35,872

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Crompton 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK England Ray Wood 41 0 1 0 42 0
FB England Geoff Bent 4 0 0 0 4 0
FB England Roger Byrne 39 3 1 0 40 3
FB England Bill Foulkes 26 0 1 0 27 0
FB England Ian Greaves 15 0 0 0 15 0
FB England Walter Whitehurst 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB Northern Ireland Jackie Blanchflower 18 3 0 0 18 3
HB England Eddie Colman 25 0 1 0 26 0
HB England Duncan Edwards 33 3 0 0 33 3
HB England Freddie Goodwin 8 0 0 0 8 0
HB England Mark Jones 42 1 1 0 43 1
HB England Wilf McGuinness 3 1 0 0 3 1
HB England Jeff Whitefoot 15 0 1 0 16 0
FW England Johnny Berry 34 4 1 0 35 4
FW England John Doherty 16 4 1 0 17 4
FW England Eddie Lewis 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW England David Pegg 35 9 1 0 36 9
FW England Albert Scanlon 6 1 0 0 6 1
FW Northern Ireland Jackie Scott 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Tommy Taylor 33 25 1 0 34 25
FW England Dennis Viollet 34 20 1 0 35 20
FW Wales Colin Webster 15 4 0 0 15 4
FW Republic of Ireland Billy Whelan 13 4 0 0 13 4