The 2009–10 season was Manchester United’s 18th season in the Premier League, and their 35th consecutive season in the top division of English football. Having equalled Liverpool’s record of 18 English league titles the previous season, Manchester United were looking to break that record with an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title in 2009–10, but they were ultimately beaten to the title by Chelsea by a single point. They also had the chance to be the first team to reach three consecutive Champions League finals since Juventus in 1998, but they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Bayern Munich.

On 28 February 2010, United won the League Cup for the second season in a row, defeating Aston Villa 2–1 at Wembley. In doing so, they became the first club to successfully defend the trophy since Nottingham Forest in 1990, and the third club to do so overall, after Forest (1989 and 1990) and Liverpool (1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984). It was United’s fourth League Cup title, and their third in five years. It was the first time United had ever successfully defended a major cup. They were, however, knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round after a surprise 1–0 home loss to fierce rivals Leeds United.

 

Pre-season friendlies

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
18 July 2009 Malaysia XI N 3–2 Rooney 8′, Nani 28′, Owen 85′ 85,000
20 July 2009 Malaysia XI N 2–0 Macheda 11′, Owen 13′ 30,000
24 July 2009 FC Seoul A 3–2 Rooney 31′, Macheda 58′, Berbatov 65′ 64,000
26 July 2009 Hangzhou Greentown A 8–2 Owen (2) 23′, 39′, Berbatov 30′, Tošić 32′, Nani 50′, Giggs (3) 71′, 81′, 88′ 30,000
29 July 2009 Boca Juniors N 2–1 Anderson 23′, Valencia 42′ 61,000
30 July 2009 Bayern Munich A 0–0
(6–7p)
69,000
5 August 2009 Valencia H 2–0 Rooney 52′, Cleverley 73′ 74,311

FA Community Shield

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
9 August 2009 Chelsea N 2–2
(1–4p)
Nani 10′, Rooney 90+2′ 85,896

Premier League

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance League
position
16 August 2009 Birmingham City H 1–0 Rooney 34′ 75,062 9th
19 August 2009 Burnley A 0–1 20,872 10th
22 August 2009 Wigan Athletic A 5–0 Rooney (2) 56′, 65′, Berbatov 58′, Owen 85′, Nani 90+2′ 18,164 3rd
29 August 2009 Arsenal H 2–1 Rooney 59′ (pen.), Diaby 64′ (o.g.) 75,095 3rd
12 September 2009 Tottenham Hotspur A 3–1 Giggs 25′, Anderson 41′, Rooney 78′ 35,785 2nd
20 September 2009 Manchester City H 4–3 Rooney 2′, Fletcher (2) 49′, 80′, Owen 90+6′ 75,066 2nd
26 September 2009 Stoke City A 2–0 Berbatov 62′, O’Shea 77′ 27,500 1st
3 October 2009 Sunderland H 2–2 Berbatov 51′, Ferdinand 90+4′ (o.g.) 75,114 1st
17 October 2009 Bolton Wanderers H 2–1 Knight 5′ (o.g.), Valencia 33′ 75,103 1st
25 October 2009 Liverpool A 0–2 44,188 2nd
31 October 2009 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 Berbatov 55′, Rooney 87′ 74,658 2nd
8 November 2009 Chelsea A 0–1 41,836 3rd
21 November 2009 Everton H 3–0 Fletcher 35′, Carrick 67′, Valencia 76′ 75,169 2nd
28 November 2009 Portsmouth A 4–1 Rooney (3) 25′ (pen.), 48′, 54′ (pen.), Giggs 87′ 20,482 2nd
5 December 2009 West Ham United A 4–0 Scholes 45+1′, Gibson 61′, Valencia 71′, Rooney 72′ 34,980 2nd
12 December 2009 Aston Villa H 0–1 75,130 2nd
15 December 2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–0 Rooney 30′ (pen.), Vidić 43′, Valencia 66′ 73,709 2nd
19 December 2009 Fulham A 0–3 25,700 2nd
27 December 2009 Hull City A 3–1 Rooney 45+2′, Dawson 73′ (o.g.), Berbatov 82′ 24,627 2nd
30 December 2009 Wigan Athletic H 5–0 Rooney 28′, Carrick 32′, Rafael 45′, Berbatov 50′, Valencia 75′ 74,560 2nd
9 January 2010 Birmingham City A 1–1 Dann 63′ (o.g.) 28,907 2nd
16 January 2010 Burnley H 3–0 Berbatov 64′, Rooney 69′, Diouf 90+1′ 75,120 2nd
23 January 2010 Hull City H 4–0 Rooney (4) 8′, 82′, 86′, 90+3′ 73,933 1st
31 January 2010 Arsenal A 3–1 Nani 33′, Rooney 37′, Park 52′ 60,091 2nd
6 February 2010 Portsmouth H 5–0 Rooney 40′, Vanden Borre 45′ (o.g.), Carrick 59′, Berbatov 62′, Wilson 69′ (o.g.) 74,684 1st
10 February 2010 Aston Villa A 1–1 Collins 23′ (o.g.) 42,788 2nd
20 February 2010 Everton A 1–3 Berbatov 16′ 39,448 2nd
23 February 2010 West Ham United H 3–0 Rooney (2) 38′, 55′, Owen 80′ 73,797 2nd
6 March 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–0 Scholes 73′ 28,883 1st
14 March 2010 Fulham H 3–0 Rooney (2) 46′, 84′, Berbatov 89′ 75,207 1st
21 March 2010 Liverpool H 2–1 Rooney 12′, Park 60′ 75,216 1st
27 March 2010 Bolton Wanderers A 4–0 Samuel 38′ (o.g.), Berbatov (2) 69′, 78′, Gibson 82′ 25,370 1st
3 April 2010 Chelsea H 1–2 Macheda 81′ 75,217 2nd
11 April 2010 Blackburn Rovers A 0–0 29,912 2nd
17 April 2010 Manchester City A 1–0 Scholes 90+3′ 47,019 2nd
24 April 2010 Tottenham Hotspur H 3–1 Giggs (2) 58′ (pen.), 86′ (pen.), Nani 81′ 75,268 1st
2 May 2010 Sunderland A 1–0 Nani 28′ 47,641 2nd
9 May 2010 Stoke City H 4–0 Fletcher 31′, Giggs 38′, Higginbotham 54′ (o.g.), Park 84′ 75,316 2nd
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Chelsea 38 27 5 6 103 32 +71 86
2 Manchester United 38 27 4 7 86 28 +58 85
3 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 83 41 +42 75

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

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
3 January 2010 Round 3 Leeds United H 0–1 74,526

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
23 September 2009 Round 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 Welbeck 66′ 51,160
27 October 2009 Round 4 Barnsley A 2–0 Welbeck 6′, Owen 59′ 20,019
1 December 2009 Round 5 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 Gibson (2) 16′, 38′ 57,212
19 January 2010 Semi-final
First leg
Manchester City A 1–2 Giggs 17′ 46,067
27 January 2010 Semi-final
Second leg
Manchester City H 3–1 Scholes 52′, Carrick 71′, Rooney 90+2′ 74,576
28 February 2010 Final Aston Villa N 2–1 Owen 12′, Rooney 74′ 88,596

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Group
position
15 September 2009 Beşiktaş A 1–0 Scholes 77′ 26,448 2nd
30 September 2009 Wolfsburg H 2–1 Giggs 59′, Carrick 78′ 74,037 1st
21 October 2009 CSKA Moscow A 1–0 Valencia 86′ 51,250 1st
3 November 2009 CSKA Moscow H 3–3 Owen 29′, Scholes 84′, Valencia 90+2′ 73,718 1st
25 November 2009 Beşiktaş H 0–1 74,242 1st
8 December 2009 Wolfsburg A 3–1 Owen (3) 44′, 83′, 90+1′ 26,490 1st
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 4 1 1 10 6 +4 13
Russia CSKA Moscow 6 3 1 2 10 10 0 10
Germany Wolfsburg 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5 4

Knockout phase

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
16 February 2010 First knockout round
First leg
Milan A 3–2 Scholes 36′, Rooney (2) 66′, 74′ 78,587
10 March 2010 First knockout round
Second leg
Milan H 4–0 Rooney (2) 13′, 46′, Park 59′, Fletcher 88′ 74,595
30 March 2010 Quarter-final
First leg
Bayern Munich A 1–2 Rooney 2′ 66,000
7 April 2010 Quarter-final
Second leg
Bayern Munich H 3–2 Gibson 3′, Nani (2) 7′, 41′ 74,482

Squad statistics

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Netherlands Edwin van der Sar 21 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 29 0 1 0
2 DF England Gary Neville 15(2) 0 1 0 3(1) 0 6 0 0 0 25(3) 0 4 1
3 DF France Patrice Evra 37(1) 0 0 0 3 0 7(2) 0 1 0 48(3) 0 7 0
4 MF England Owen Hargreaves 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
5 DF England Rio Ferdinand 12(1) 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 20(1) 0 0 0
6 DF England Wes Brown 18(1) 0 1 0 4(1) 0 2(2) 0 0 0 25(4) 0 2 0
7 FW England Michael Owen 5(14) 3 0(1) 0 3(1) 2 3(3) 4 0(1) 0 11(20) 9 1 0
8 MF Brazil Anderson 10(4) 1 1 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 19(4) 1 1 0
9 FW Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov 24(9) 12 1 0 2 0 1(5) 0 1 0 29(14) 12 3 0
10 FW England Wayne Rooney 32 26 1 0 2(1) 2 6(1) 5 1 1 42(2) 34 8 0
11 MF Wales Ryan Giggs 20(5) 5 0(1) 0 2 1 1(2) 1 0(1) 0 23(9) 7 0 0
12 GK England Ben Foster 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 13 0 0 0
13 MF South Korea Park Ji-sung 10(7) 3 0 0 2 0 5(1) 1 1 0 18(8) 4 0 0
14 MF Serbia Zoran Tošić 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 1 0
15 DF Serbia Nemanja Vidić 24 1 0 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 33 1 12 1
16 MF England Michael Carrick 22(8) 3 0 0 4(1) 1 6(2) 1 1 0 33(11) 5 3 1
17 MF Portugal Nani 19(4) 3 0 0 2 0 8 2 1 1 30(4) 6 2 1
18 MF England Paul Scholes 24(4) 3 0 0 1(1) 1 7 3 0(1) 0 32(6) 7 13 1
19 FW England Danny Welbeck 1(4) 0 1 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 7(4) 2 0 0
20 DF Brazil Fábio 1(4) 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0(1) 0 6(5) 0 1 1
21 DF Brazil Rafael 8 1 0 0 4 0 3(1) 0 0 0 15(1) 1 5 1
22 DF Republic of Ireland John O’Shea 12(3) 1 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0 1 0 15(4) 1 0 0
23 DF Northern Ireland Jonny Evans 18 0 1 0 5 0 3 0 1 0 28 0 2 0
24 MF Scotland Darren Fletcher 29(1) 4 0 0 3 0 6(1) 1 1 0 39(2) 5 7 1
25 MF Ecuador Antonio Valencia 29(5) 5 0(1) 0 2(2) 0 6(3) 2 0(1) 0 37(12) 7 3 0
26 FW France Gabriel Obertan 1(6) 0 1 0 2 0 1(2) 0 0 0 5(8) 0 1 0
27 FW Italy Federico Macheda 1(4) 1 0 0 2(1) 0 2 0 0 0 5(5) 1 1 0
28 MF Republic of Ireland Darron Gibson 6(9) 2 1 0 2(1) 2 3(1) 1 0 0 12(11) 5 4 0
29 GK Poland Tomasz Kuszczak 8 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
30 DF Belgium Ritchie De Laet 2 0 0 0 1(2) 0 0 0 0 0 3(2) 0 1 0
31 MF Northern Ireland Corry Evans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 FW Senegal Mame Biram Diouf 0(5) 1 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(6) 1 1 0
33 MF England Sam Hewson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 MF England Tom Cleverley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF Scotland David Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 DF Northern Ireland Craig Cathcart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 GK Germany Ron-Robert Zieler 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF England James Chester 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK England Ben Amos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 FW Norway Joshua King 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
42 MF Norway Magnus Eikrem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 MF England Matty James 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 DF Northern Ireland Joe Dudgeon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 DF England Oliver Gill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 MF England Cameron Stewart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 MF Northern Ireland Oliver Norwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 10 0 0 0 0 10