The 1991–92 season was Manchester United’s 90th season in the Football League, and their 17th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

The season saw United lift the League Cup for the first time in their history with a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest at Wembley Stadium. They also added the European Super Cup to the trophy cabinet with victory over Red Star Belgrade at Old Trafford. However, they then endured the disappointment of being beaten to the league title by rivals Leeds United, having led the league for much of the season.

New signings for the season included Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and England right-back Paul Parker. Ryan Giggs, who had played twice for United in 1990–91, broke into the first team and was one of the most exciting players in the country as he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Soviet international winger Andrei Kanchelskis, who had joined United in the later stages of the 1990–91 season, was also putting in star performances to give manager Alex Ferguson a more attacking alternative to the ageing Mike Phelan on the right hand side of midfield.

It was the final season at Old Trafford for striker Mark Robins, a key player from the FA Cup winning team two seasons earlier. His first team opportunities were limited due to the form of Mark Hughes and Brian McClair, and he was unfit when injuries opened up an opportunity for regular action in attack near the season’s end. He was then put on the transfer list and by the start of the following season, he had been sold to Norwich City. Lee Martin had regained fitness following his back injury the previous season, but was unable to win a place in the team. Danny Wallace, who was by now rarely selected for the first team, was put on the transfer list before Christmas, but was still at Old Trafford when the season ended, despite talk of a return to Southampton. Russell Beardsmore, now a rare sight in the first team, had a brief loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.

Media reports for most of the season linked United with a move for Southampton striker Alan Shearer, but the player opted to remain at the South Coast club until the end of the season before making a decision on a future.

United would be among the founder members of the FA Premier League for the 1992-93 season, as the top 22 clubs broke away from the Football League.

 

Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
24 July 1991 Mazda H 1 – 2 Ferguson
29 July 1991 Strømsgodset A 3 – 1 Ince, Beardsmore, Wallace 7,809
30 July 1991 Viking A 1 – 0 Robins 6,025
1 August 1991 Molde A 3 – 1 Blackmore, Hughes (2) 3,468
4 August 1991 Dumbarton A 5 – 0 Robins (2), Hughes (2), McClair 1,570
5 August 1991 Aberdeen A 1 – 1
(4 – 3p)
Hughes 20,300
7 August 1991 Austria Memphis A 1 – 5 McClair 12,000
11 August 1991 Republic of Ireland XI H 1 – 1 Robson 33,412
3 May 1992 Everton H 2 – 4 Ince, Hughes 7,434
8 May 1992 Manchester City A 2 – 1 Bruce (pen.), Toal 4,696

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance League
position
17 August 1991 Notts County H 2 – 0 Hughes 40′, Robson 57′ 46,278 1st
21 August 1991 Aston Villa A 1 – 0 Bruce 38′ (pen.) 39,995 1st
24 August 1991 Everton A 0 – 0 36,085 2nd
28 August 1991 Oldham Athletic H 1 – 0 McClair 85′ 42,078 1st
31 August 1991 Leeds United H 1 – 1 Robson 85′ 43,778 1st
3 September 1991 Wimbledon A 2 – 1 Blackmore 25′, Pallister 43′ 13,824 1st
7 September 1991 Norwich City H 3 – 0 Irwin 20′, McClair 23′, Giggs 28′ 44,946 1st
14 September 1991 Southampton A 1 – 0 Hughes 48′ 19,264 1st
21 September 1991 Luton Town H 5 – 0 Ince 23′, Bruce 63′ (pen.), McClair (2) 76′, 80′, Hughes 87′ 46,491 1st
28 September 1991 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 1 Hughes 21′, Robson 86′ 35,087 1st
6 October 1991 Liverpool H 0 – 0 44,997 1st
19 October 1991 Arsenal H 1 – 1 Bruce 44′ 46,594 1st
26 October 1991 Sheffield Wednesday A 2 – 3 McClair (2) 17′, 22′ 38,260 2nd
2 November 1991 Sheffield United H 2 – 0 Hoyland 35′ (o.g.), Kanchelskis 78′ 42,942 1st
16 November 1991 Manchester City A 0 – 0 38,180 2nd
23 November 1991 West Ham United H 2 – 1 Giggs 15′, Robson 42′ 47,185 1st
30 November 1991 Crystal Palace A 3 – 1 Webb 26′, McClair 57′, Kanchelskis 58′ 29,017 2nd
7 December 1991 Coventry City H 4 – 0 Bruce 13′, Webb 20′, McClair 27′, Hughes 81′ 42,549 2nd
15 December 1991 Chelsea A 3 – 1 Irwin 19′, McClair 57′, Bruce 61′ 23,120 1st
26 December 1991 Oldham Athletic A 6 – 3 Irwin (2) 2′, 54′, Kanchelskis 43′, McClair (2) 56′, 59′, Giggs 78′ 18,947 1st
29 December 1991 Leeds United A 1 – 1 Webb 46′ 32,638 1st
1 January 1992 Queens Park Rangers H 1 – 4 McClair 83′ 38,554 2nd
11 January 1992 Everton H 1 – 0 Kanchelskis 56′ 46,619 1st
18 January 1992 Notts County A 1 – 1 Blackmore 70′ (pen.) 21,055 2nd
22 January 1992 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Hughes 48′ 45,022 1st
1 February 1992 Arsenal A 1 – 1 McClair 27′ 41,703 2nd
8 February 1992 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 1 McClair 12′ 47,074 1st
22 February 1992 Crystal Palace H 2 – 0 Hughes (2) 11′, 51′ 46,347 1st
26 February 1992 Chelsea H 1 – 1 Hughes 87′ 44,872 1st
29 February 1992 Coventry City A 0 – 0 23,967 1st
14 March 1992 Sheffield United A 2 – 1 McClair 62′, Blackmore 82′ 30,183 2nd
18 March 1992 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 1 28,062 2nd
21 March 1992 Wimbledon H 0 – 0 45,428 2nd
28 March 1992 Queens Park Rangers A 0 – 0 22,603 2nd
31 March 1992 Norwich City A 3 – 1 Ince (2) 41′, 58′, McClair 66′ 17,489 1st
7 April 1992 Manchester City H 1 – 1 Giggs 20′ 46,781 1st
16 April 1992 Southampton H 1 – 0 Kanchelskis 65′ 43,972 1st
18 April 1992 Luton Town A 1 – 1 Sharpe 25′ 13,410 1st
20 April 1992 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 2 McClair 36′ 47,576 2nd
22 April 1992 West Ham United A 0 – 1 24,197 2nd
26 April 1992 Liverpool A 0 – 2 38,669 2nd
2 May 1992 Tottenham Hotspur H 3 – 1 McClair 37′, Hughes (2) 57′, 59′ 44,595 2nd
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Leeds United 42 22 16 4 74 37 +37 82
2 Manchester United 42 21 15 6 63 33 +30 78
3 Sheffield Wednesday 42 21 12 9 62 49 +13 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
15 January 1992 Round 3 Leeds United A 1 – 0 Hughes 44′ 31,819
27 January 1992 Round 4 Southampton A 0 – 0 19,506
5 February 1992 Round 4
Replay
Southampton H 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
(2 – 4p)
Kanchelskis 42′, McClair 90′ 33,414

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
26 September 1991 Round 2
First leg
Cambridge United H 3 – 0 Giggs 44′, McClair 48′, Bruce 66′ 30,934
9 October 1991 Round 2
Second leg
Cambridge United A 1 – 1 McClair 2′ 9,248
30 October 1991 Round 3 Portsmouth H 3 – 1 Robins (2) 59′, 89′, Robson 74′ 29,543
4 December 1991 Round 4 Oldham Athletic H 2 – 0 McClair 1′, Kanchelskis 25′ 38,550
8 January 1992 Round 5 Leeds United A 3 – 1 Blackmore 31′, Kanchelskis 51′, Giggs 56′ 28,886
4 March 1992 Semi-final
First leg
Middlesbrough A 0 – 0 25,572
11 March 1992 Semi-final
Second leg
Middlesbrough H 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Sharpe 29′, Giggs 106′ 45,875
12 April 1992 Final Nottingham Forest N 1 – 0 McClair 14′ 76,810

Cup Winners’ Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
18 September 1991 First round
First leg
Athinaikos A 0 – 0 5,400
2 October 1991 First round
Second leg
Athinaikos H 2 – 0 (a.e.t.) Hughes 109′, McClair 111′ 35,023
23 October 1991 Second round
First leg
Atlético Madrid A 0 – 3 40,000
6 November 1991 Second round
Second leg
Atlético Madrid H 1 – 1 Hughes 4′ 39,654

UEFA Super Cup

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
19 November 1991 Red Star Belgrade H 1 – 0 McClair 67′ 22,110

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Rumbelows Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Denmark Peter Schmeichel 40 0 3 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 53 0
GK England Gary Walsh 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
GK England Ian Wilkinson 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF Wales Clayton Blackmore 19(14) 3 1 0 4(1) 1 1 0 1 0 26(15) 4
DF England Steve Bruce 37 5 1 0 7 1 4 0 1 0 50 6
DF Northern Ireland Mal Donaghy 16(4) 0 2 0 3(1) 0 0 0 0 0 21(5) 0
DF Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin 37(1) 4 3 0 7 0 2 0 1 0 50(1) 4
DF England Lee Martin 0(1) 0 0 0 1 0 1(2) 0 1 0 3(3) 0
DF England Gary Pallister 37(3) 1 3 0 8 0 3(1) 0 1 0 52(4) 1
DF England Paul Parker 24(2) 0 3 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 35(2) 0
MF England Russell Beardsmore 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(2) 0 0 0 1(2) 0
MF Scotland Darren Ferguson 2(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2(2) 0
MF Wales Ryan Giggs 32(6) 4 2(1) 0 6(2) 3 1 0 0(1) 0 41(10) 7
MF England Paul Ince 31(2) 3 3 0 6(1) 0 3 0 1 0 44(3) 3
MF Commonwealth of Independent States Andrei Kanchelskis 28(6) 5 2 1 4 2 1 0 1 0 36(6) 8
MF England Mike Phelan 14(4) 0 0 0 2(1) 0 4 0 0 0 20(5) 0
MF England Bryan Robson 26(1) 4 2 0 5(1) 1 3 0 0 0 36(2) 5
MF England Lee Sharpe 8(6) 1 0(1) 0 1(3) 1 0 0 0 0 9(10) 2
MF England Neil Webb 29(2) 3 3 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 42(2) 3
FW Wales Mark Hughes 38(1) 11 2(1) 1 6 0 4 2 1 0 51(2) 14
FW Scotland Brian McClair 41(1) 18 3 1 8 4 4 1 1 1 57(1) 25
FW England Mark Robins 1(1) 0 0 0 0(3) 2 2(1) 0 0 0 3(5) 2
FW England Danny Wallace 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0 0 1(1) 0