The 2010–11 season was Manchester United’s 19th season in the Premier League and their 36th consecutive season in the top-flight of English football. It was the first season with new shirt sponsors Aon after four seasons with AIG.

United began the season by beating Chelsea 3–1 at Wembley on 8 August 2010 to claim the Community Shield.

A successful defence of the League Cup would have seen them become only the second team to win the competition for a third successive season, after Liverpool in 1983 (who then went on to win a fourth in 1984). However, their stranglehold on the tournament was broken by West Ham United, who sent an understrength Reds side crashing to a 4–0 defeat at Upton Park in the Fifth Round on 30 November 2010.

On 19 December 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson became the longest-serving manager in Manchester United’s history, overtaking Sir Matt Busby’s record of 24 years, 1 month and 13 days in charge of the club.

On 1 February 2011, United equalled the club record league unbeaten run of 29 matches, after a 3–1 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. They failed to extend the run however, succumbing to a 2–1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on 5 February 2011. This was their first league defeat since 3 April 2010, a 2–1 home defeat by Chelsea. United came close to becoming the first top-flight side in 119 years to win every single home league match during the season, but a draw at home to West Bromwich Albion early in the campaign cost them that status. Their exceptional form at Old Trafford was key to United’s eventual title victory, as their away form was surprisingly mediocre, with just five league wins away from home all season.

United also reached the semi-final stage of the 2010–11 FA Cup but lost 1–0 at Wembley to Manchester City on 16 April 2011 – and their opponents went on to win the trophy. Defeat in this game ended United’s chances of becoming the first club to win the league and cup double four times.

On 14 May 2011, after a 1–1 draw to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, United broke the English League title record by winning their 19th title, surpassing Liverpool’s record of 18 titles, which they equalled in the 2008–09 season. This is the first time United have held the outright record in their history.

They also competed in the Champions League for the 15th season in a row, and contested the Final with Barcelona on 28 May 2011, but they lost 3–1.

Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
16 July 2010 Celtic N 3–1 Berbatov 34′, Welbeck 79′, Cleverley 86′ 39,139
21 July 2010 Philadelphia Union A 1–0 Obertan 76′ 44,213
25 July 2010 Kansas City Wizards N 1–2 Berbatov 41′ (pen.) 52,424
28 July 2010 MLS All-Stars N 5–2 Macheda (2) 1′, 13′, Gibson 70′, Cleverley 73′, Hernández 84′ 70,728
30 July 2010 Guadalajara A 2–3 Smalling 10′, Nani 79′
4 August 2010 Airtricity League XI N 7–1 Park (2) 13′, 63′, Owen 25′, Hernández 47′, Valencia 60′, J. Evans 69′, Nani 82′ (pen.) 49,861
24 May 2011 Juventus H 1–2 Rooney 19′

FA Community Shield

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
8 August 2010 Chelsea N 3–1 Valencia 41′, Hernández 76′, Berbatov 90+2′ 84,623

Premier League

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance League
position
16 August 2010 Newcastle United H 3–0 Berbatov 33′, Fletcher 41′, Giggs 85′ 75,221 4th
22 August 2010 Fulham A 2–2 Scholes 11′, Hangeland 84′ (o.g.) 25,643 3rd
28 August 2010 West Ham United H 3–0 Rooney 33′ (pen.), Nani 50′, Berbatov 69′ 75,061 3rd
11 September 2010 Everton A 3–3 Fletcher 43′, Vidić 47′, Berbatov 66′ 36,556 3rd
19 September 2010 Liverpool H 3–2 Berbatov (3) 42′, 59′, 84′ 75,213 3rd
26 September 2010 Bolton Wanderers A 2–2 Nani 23′, Owen 74′ 23,926 2nd
2 October 2010 Sunderland A 0–0 41,709 3rd
16 October 2010 West Bromwich Albion H 2–2 Hernández 5′, Nani 25′ 75,272 3rd
24 October 2010 Stoke City A 2–1 Hernández (2) 27′, 86′ 27,372 3rd
30 October 2010 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 Vidić 31′, Nani 84′ 75,223 3rd
6 November 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–1 Park (2) 45′, 90+3′ 75,285 2nd
10 November 2010 Manchester City A 0–0 47,679 2nd
13 November 2010 Aston Villa A 2–2 Macheda 81′, Vidić 85′ 40,073 3rd
20 November 2010 Wigan Athletic H 2–0 Evra 45+1′, Hernández 77′ 74,181 2nd
27 November 2010 Blackburn Rovers H 7–1 Berbatov (5) 2′, 27′, 47′, 62′, 70′, Park 23′, Nani 48′ 74,850 1st
13 December 2010 Arsenal H 1–0 Park 41′ 75,227 1st
26 December 2010 Sunderland H 2–0 Berbatov 5′, A. Ferdinand 57′ (o.g.) 75,269 1st
28 December 2010 Birmingham City A 1–1 Berbatov 58′ 28,242 1st
1 January 2011 West Bromwich Albion A 2–1 Rooney 3′, Hernández 75′ 25,499 1st
4 January 2011 Stoke City H 2–1 Hernández 27′, Nani 62′ 73,401 1st
16 January 2011 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 35,828 1st
22 January 2011 Birmingham City H 5–0 Berbatov (3) 2′, 31′, 53′, Giggs 45+2′, Nani 76′ 75,326 1st
25 January 2011 Blackpool A 3–2 Berbatov (2) 72′, 88′, Hernández 74′ 15,574 1st
1 February 2011 Aston Villa H 3–1 Rooney (2) 1′, 45+1′, Vidić 63′ 75,256 1st
5 February 2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 Nani 3′ 28,811 1st
12 February 2011 Manchester City H 2–1 Nani 41′, Rooney 78′ 75,322 1st
26 February 2011 Wigan Athletic A 4–0 Hernández (2) 17′, 74′, Rooney 84′, Fábio 87′ 18,140 1st
1 March 2011 Chelsea A 1–2 Rooney 29′ 41,825 1st
6 March 2011 Liverpool A 1–3 Hernández 90+2′ 44,753 1st
19 March 2011 Bolton Wanderers H 1–0 Berbatov 88′ 75,486 1st
2 April 2011 West Ham United A 4–2 Rooney (3) 65′, 73′, 79′ (pen.), Hernández 84′ 34,546 1st
9 April 2011 Fulham H 2–0 Berbatov 12′, Valencia 32′ 75,339 1st
19 April 2011 Newcastle United A 0–0 49,025 1st
23 April 2011 Everton H 1–0 Hernández 84′ 75,300 1st
1 May 2011 Arsenal A 0–1 60,107 1st
8 May 2011 Chelsea H 2–1 Hernández 1′, Vidić 23′ 75,445 1st
14 May 2011 Blackburn Rovers A 1–1 Rooney 73′ (pen.) 29,867 1st
22 May 2011 Blackpool H 4–2 Park 21′, Anderson 62′, Evatt 74′ (o.g.), Owen 81′ 75,400 1st
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester United 38 23 11 4 78 37 +41 80
2 Chelsea 38 21 8 9 69 33 +36 71
3 Manchester City 38 21 8 9 60 33 +27 71

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
9 January 2011 Round 3 Liverpool H 1–0 Giggs 2′ (pen.) 74,727
29 January 2011 Round 4 Southampton A 2–1 Owen 65′, Hernández 75′ 28,792
19 February 2011 Round 5 Crawley Town H 1–0 Brown 28′ 74,778
12 March 2011 Round 6 Arsenal H 2–0 Fábio 28′, Rooney 49′ 74,693
16 April 2011 Semi-final Manchester City N 0–1 86,549

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
22 September 2010 Round 3 Scunthorpe United A 5–2 Gibson 23′, Smalling 36′, Owen (2) 49′, 71′, Park 54′ 9,077
26 October 2010 Round 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–2 Bébé 56′, Park 70′, Hernández 90′ 46,083
30 November 2010 Round 5 West Ham United A 0–4 33,551

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

 

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Group
position
14 September 2010 Rangers H 0–0 74,408 2nd
29 September 2010 Valencia A 1–0 Hernández 85′ 34,946 1st
20 October 2010 Bursaspor H 1–0 Nani 7′ 72,610 1st
2 November 2010 Bursaspor A 3–0 Fletcher 48′, Obertan 73′, Bébé 77′ 19,050 1st
24 November 2010 Rangers A 1–0 Rooney 87′ (pen.) 49,764 1st
7 December 2010 Valencia H 1–1 Anderson 62′ 74,513 1st
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 4 2 0 7 1 +6 14
Spain Valencia 6 3 2 1 15 4 +11 11
Scotland Rangers 6 1 3 2 3 6 −3 6
Turkey Bursaspor 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1

Knockout phase

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
23 February 2011 First knockout round
First leg
Marseille A 0–0 57,957
15 March 2011 First knockout round
Second leg
Marseille H 2–1 Hernández (2) 5′, 75′ 73,996
6 April 2011 Quarter-final
First leg
Chelsea A 1–0 Rooney 24′ 37,915
12 April 2011 Quarter-final
Second leg
Chelsea H 2–1 Hernández 43′, Park 77′ 74,672
26 April 2011 Semi-final
First leg
Schalke 04 A 2–0 Giggs 67′, Rooney 69′ 54,142
4 May 2011 Semi-final
Second leg
Schalke 04 H 4–1 Valencia 26′, Gibson 31′, Anderson (2) 72′, 76′ 74,687
28 May 2011 Final Barcelona N 1–3 Rooney 34′ 87,695

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 33 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 46 0 2 0
2 DF England Gary Neville 3 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3(1) 0 1 0
3 DF France Patrice Evra 34(1) 1 3 0 0 0 9(1) 0 0 0 46(2) 1 2 0
4 MF England Owen Hargreaves 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
5 DF England Rio Ferdinand 19 0 2 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 29 0 0 0
6 DF England Wes Brown 4(3) 0 2(1) 1 2(1) 0 2 0 0 0 10(5) 1 3 0
7 FW England Michael Owen 1(10) 2 1(1) 1 1 2 0(2) 0 1 0 4(13) 5 1 0
8 MF Brazil Anderson 14(4) 1 2(2) 0 2 0 4(2) 3 0 0 22(8) 4 5 0
9 FW Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov 24(8) 20 2 0 0 0 6(1) 0 0(1) 1 32(10) 21 1 0
10 FW England Wayne Rooney 25(3) 11 1(1) 1 0 0 9 4 1 0 36(4) 16 6 0
11 MF Wales Ryan Giggs 19(6) 2 1(2) 1 1 0 6(2) 1 0(1) 0 27(11) 4 6 0
12 DF England Chris Smalling 11(5) 0 2(2) 0 3 1 7(2) 0 0(1) 0 23(10) 1 0 0
13 MF South Korea Park Ji-sung 13(2) 5 1 0 2 2 8(1) 1 1 0 25(3) 8 1 0
14 FW Mexico Javier Hernández 15(12) 13 4(1) 1 2(1) 1 6(3) 4 0(1) 1 27(18) 20 6 0
15 DF Serbia Nemanja Vidić 35 5 2 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 47 5 8 1
16 MF England Michael Carrick 23(5) 0 3 0 1 0 11 0 1 0 39(5) 0 2 0
17 MF Portugal Nani 31(2) 9 2(1) 0 0 0 9(3) 1 0(1) 0 42(7) 10 2 0
18 MF England Paul Scholes 16(6) 1 2(1) 0 0 0 4(3) 0 1 0 23(10) 1 11 1
19 FW England Danny Welbeck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF Brazil Fábio 5(6) 1 3(1) 1 2 0 5(2) 0 1 0 16(9) 2 3 0
21 DF Brazil Rafael 15(1) 0 3 0 1(1) 0 6(1) 0 0 0 25(3) 0 3 1
22 DF Republic of Ireland John O’Shea 18(2) 0 4 0 1 0 5(1) 0 1 0 29(3) 0 2 0
23 DF Northern Ireland Jonny Evans 11(2) 0 2 0 2 0 2(1) 0 1 0 18(3) 0 2 1
24 MF Scotland Darren Fletcher 24(2) 2 1(1) 0 1 0 5(2) 1 0(1) 0 31(6) 3 4 0
25 MF Ecuador Antonio Valencia 8(2) 1 1(1) 0 0 0 5(2) 1 1 1 15(5) 3 1 0
26 FW France Gabriel Obertan 3(4) 0 2 0 2(1) 0 1(2) 1 0 0 8(7) 1 0 0
27 FW Italy Federico Macheda 2(5) 1 0 0 2(1) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 5(7) 1 0 0
28 MF Republic of Ireland Darron Gibson 6(6) 0 3 0 2 1 3 1 0 0 14(6) 2 4 0
29 GK Poland Tomasz Kuszczak 5 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
30 DF Belgium Ritchie De Laet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW Portugal Bébé 0(2) 0 1 0 2(1) 1 0(1) 1 0 0 3(4) 2 0 0
34 GK Denmark Anders Lindegaard 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
35 MF England Tom Cleverley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF Republic of Ireland Robbie Brady 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 FW England Nicky Ajose 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK England Ben Amos 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
41 FW Norway Joshua King 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 MF France Paul Pogba 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 Ryan Tunnicliffe 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
48 FW England Will Keane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
49 MF England Ravel Morrison 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
50 GK England Sam Johnstone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 3 0 0 0 0 3