Manchester United 1969-70

The 1969–70 season was Manchester United’s 68th season in the Football League, and their 25th consecutive season in the top division of English football. Before the beginning of the season, on 4 June 1969, United manager Matt Busby stepped down as manager after 24 years as manager. McGuinness guided United to an eighth-place finish in his first season as manager, and they reached the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the League Cup.

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
9 August 1969Crystal PalaceA2 – 2Charlton, Morgan48,610
13 August 1969EvertonH0 – 257,752
16 August 1969SouthamptonH1 – 4Morgan46,328
19 August 1969EvertonA0 – 353,185
23 August 1969Wolverhampton WanderersA0 – 050,783
27 August 1969Newcastle UnitedH0 – 052,774
30 August 1969SunderlandH3 – 1Best, Givens, Kidd50,570
6 September 1969Leeds UnitedA2 – 2Best (2)44,271
13 September 1969LiverpoolH1 – 0Morgan56,509
17 September 1969Sheffield WednesdayA3 – 1Best (2), Kidd39,298
20 September 1969ArsenalA2 – 2Best, Sadler59,498
27 September 1969West Ham UnitedH5 – 2Best (2), Burns, Charlton, Kidd58,579
4 October 1969Derby CountyA0 – 240,724
8 October 1969SouthamptonA3 – 0Best, Burns, Kidd31,044
11 October 1969Ipswich TownH2 – 1Best, Kidd52,281
18 October 1969Nottingham ForestH1 – 1Best53,702
25 October 1969West Bromwich AlbionA1 – 2Kidd45,120
1 November 1969Stoke CityH1 – 1Charlton53,406
8 November 1969Coventry CityA2 – 1Aston, Law43,446
15 November 1969Manchester CityA0 – 463,013
22 November 1969Tottenham HotspurH3 – 1Charlton (2), Burns50,003
29 November 1969BurnleyA1 – 1Best23,770
6 December 1969ChelseaH0 – 249,344
13 December 1969LiverpoolA4 – 1Charlton, Morgan, Ure, own goal47,682
26 December 1969Wolverhampton WanderersH0 – 050,806
27 December 1969SunderlandA1 – 1Kidd36,504
10 January 1970ArsenalH2 – 1Morgan, Sartori41,055
17 January 1970West Ham UnitedA0 – 041,643
26 January 1970Leeds UnitedH2 – 2Kidd, Sadler59,879
31 January 1970Derby CountyH1 – 0Charlton59,315
10 February 1970Ipswich TownA1 – 0Kidd29,755
14 February 1970Crystal PalaceH1 – 1Kidd54,711
28 February 1970Stoke CityA2 – 2Morgan, Sartori38,917
17 March 1970BurnleyH3 – 3Best, Crerand, Law38,377
21 March 1970ChelseaA1 – 2Morgan61,479
28 March 1970Manchester CityH1 – 2Kidd59,777
30 March 1970Coventry CityH1 – 1Kidd38,647
31 March 1970Nottingham ForestA2 – 1Charlton, Gowling39,228
4 April 1970Newcastle UnitedA1 – 5Charlton43,094
8 April 1970West Bromwich AlbionH7 – 0Charlton (2), Fitzpatrick (2), Gowling (2), Best26,582
13 April 1970Tottenham HotspurA1 – 2Fitzpatrick41,808
15 April 1970Sheffield WednesdayH2 – 2Best, Charlton36,649
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGAvgPts
7Newcastle United4217131257351.62947
8Manchester United4214171166611.08245
9Stoke City4215151256521.07745

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

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
3 January 1970Round 3Ipswich TownA1 – 0own goal29,552
24 January 1970Round 4Manchester CityH3 – 0Kidd (2), Morgan63,417
7 February 1970Round 5Northampton TownA8 – 2Best (6), Kidd (2)21,771
21 February 1970Round 6MiddlesbroughA1 – 1Sartori40,000
25 February 1970Round 6
Replay
MiddlesbroughH2 – 1Charlton, Morgan63,418
14 March 1970Semi-FinalLeeds UnitedN0 – 055,000
23 March 1970Semi-Final
Replay
Leeds UnitedN0 – 0 (a.e.t.)62,500
26 March 1970Semi-Final
Second Replay
Leeds UnitedN0 – 156,000
10 April 1970Third Place PlayoffWatfordN2 – 0Kidd (2)15,105

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
3 September 1969Round 2MiddlesbroughH1 – 0Sadler38,939
23 September 1969Round 3WrexhamH2 – 0Kidd, Best48,347
14 October 1969Round 4BurnleyA0 – 027,959
20 October 1969Round 4
Replay
BurnleyH1 – 0Best50,275
12 November 1969Round 5Derby CountyA0 – 038,895
19 November 1969Round 5
Replay
Derby CountyH1 – 0Kidd57,393
3 December 1969Semi Final
First Leg
Manchester CityA1 – 2Charlton55,799
17 December 1969Semi Final
Second Leg
Manchester CityH2 – 2Edwards, Law63,418

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Jimmy Rimmer50000050
GK Alex Stepney3709080540
DF Shay Brennan8(1)0101010(1)0
DF Francis Burns30(2)33(1)06039(3)3
DF Tony Dunne3307080480
DF Paul Edwards18(1)0702127(1)1
DF Bill Foulkes30000030
DF Steve James20001030
DF David Sadler4029081573
DF Ian Ure3417070481
MF John Aston, Jr.21(1)11(1)06028(2)1
MF George Best371586825323
MF Bobby Charlton401291815714
MF Paddy Crerand2519020361
MF John Fitzpatrick2031050263
MF Willie Morgan3579250499
MF Jimmy Ryan0(1)000000(1)0
MF Carlo Sartori13(4)2711(2)021(6)3
MF Nobby Stiles803020130
FW Don Givens4(4)100105(4)1
FW Alan Gowling6(1)3000(1)06(2)3
FW Brian Kidd33(1)12966248(1)20
FW Denis Law10(1)20(2)03113(3)3
Own goals1102