Manchester United 1975-76

The 1975–76 season was Manchester United’s 74th season in The Football League and first in the First Division after winning the Second Division the season prior. They finished the season third in the First Division, their highest placing since 1968, to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
They reached the FA Cup Final at Wembley, where they lost 1–0 to Southampton of the Second Division. The only goal of the game came from Saints striker Bobby Stokes. It was the second time since World War II that a Second Division team had won the trophy, the other occasion had been three years earlier, when Sunderland beat Leeds United.

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
16 August 1975Wolverhampton WanderersA2–0Macari (2)32,3481st
19 August 1975Birmingham CityA2–0McIlroy (2)33,1771st
23 August 1975Sheffield UnitedH5–1Pearson (2), Badger (o.g.), Daly, McIlroy55,9481st
27 August 1975Coventry CityH1–1Pearson52,1691st
30 August 1975Stoke CityA1–0Dodd (o.g.)33,0921st
6 September 1975Tottenham HotspurH3–2Pratt (o.g.), Daly (2; 1 pen.)51,6411st
13 September 1975Queens Park RangersA0–129,2371st
20 September 1975Ipswich TownH1–0Houston50,5131st
24 September 1975Derby CountyA1–2Daly33,1872nd
27 September 1975Manchester CityA2–2McCreery, Macari46,9313rd
4 October 1975Leicester CityH0–047,8781st
11 October 1975Leeds UnitedA2–1McIlroy (2)40,2642nd
18 October 1975ArsenalH3–1Coppell (2), Pearson53,8851st
25 October 1975West Ham UnitedA1–2Macari38,6012nd
1 November 1975Norwich CityH1–0Pearson50,5871st
8 November 1975LiverpoolA1–3Coppell49,1375th
15 November 1975Aston VillaH2–0Coppell, McIlroy51,6823rd
22 November 1975ArsenalA1–3Pearson40,1025th
29 November 1975Newcastle UnitedH1–0Daly52,6244th
6 December 1975MiddlesbroughA0–032,4544th
13 December 1975Sheffield UnitedA4–1Pearson (2), Hill, Macari31,7413rd
20 December 1975Wolverhampton WanderersH1–0Hill44,2692nd
23 December 1975EvertonA1–1Macari41,7321st
27 December 1975BurnleyH2–1McIlroy, Macari59,7262nd
10 January 1976Queens Park RangersH2–1Hill, McIlroy58,3121st
17 January 1976Tottenham HotspurA1–1Hill49,1891st
31 January 1976Birmingham CityH3–1Forsyth, Macari, McIlroy50,7261st
7 February 1976Coventry CityA1–1Macari33,9222nd
18 February 1976LiverpoolH0–059,7092nd
21 February 1976Aston VillaA1–2Macari50,0943rd
25 February 1976Derby CountyH1–1Pearson59,6323rd
28 February 1976West Ham UnitedH4–0Forsyth, Macari, McCreery, Pearson57,2203rd
13 March 1976Leeds UnitedH3–2Houston, Pearson, Daly59,4293rd
17 March 1976Norwich CityA1–1Hill27,7822nd
20 March 1976Newcastle UnitedA4–3Pearson (2), Bird (o.g.), Howard (o.g.)41,4272nd
27 March 1976MiddlesbroughH3–0Daly (pen.), McCreery, Hill58,5272nd
10 April 1976Ipswich TownA0–334,8893rd
17 April 1976EvertonH2–1Kenyon (o.g.), McCreery61,8793rd
19 April 1976BurnleyA1–0Macari27,4183rd
21 April 1976Stoke CityH0–153,8793rd
24 April 1976Leicester CityA1–2Coyne31,0533rd
4 May 1976Manchester CityH2–0Hill, McIlroy59,5173rd
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGAvgPts
2Queens Park Rangers422411767332.03059
3Manchester United422310968421.61956
4Derby County4221111075581.29353

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 1976Round 3Oxford UnitedH2–1Daly (2; 2 pen.)41,082
24 January 1976Round 4Peterborough UnitedH3–1Forsyth, McIlroy, Hill56,352
14 February 1976Round 5Leicester CityA2–1Macari, Daly34,000
6 March 1976Round 6Wolverhampton WanderersH1–1Daly59,433
9 March 1976Round 6
Replay
Wolverhampton WanderersA3–2 (aet)Pearson, Greenhoff, McIlroy44,373
3 April 1976Semi-FinalDerby CountyN2–0Hill (2)55,000
1 May 1976FinalSouthamptonN0–1100,000

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
10 September 1975Round 2BrentfordH2–1Macari, McIlroy25,286
22 September 1975Round 3Aston VillaA2–1Macari, Coppell41,447
12 November 1975Round 4Manchester CityA0–450,182

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Paddy Roche40001050
GK Alex Stepney3807020470
DF Arthur Albiston2(1)000002(1)0
DF Martin Buchan4207030520
DF Alex Forsyth2827100353
DF Brian Greenhoff4007130501
DF Tony Grimshaw0(1)0000(1)00(2)0
DF Stewart Houston4227030522
DF Jimmy Nicholl15(5)00(2)03018(7)0
DF Tony Young0(1)000000(1)0
MF Steve Coppell3947031495
MF Gerry Daly41774305111
MF Tommy Jackson16(1)0003019(1)0
MF Jimmy Kelly0(1)000000(1)0
MF David McCreery12(16)41(2)00(1)013(19)4
MF Sammy McIlroy411072315113
FW Peter Coyne1(1)100001(1)1
FW Gordon Hill26773003310
FW Lou Macari361261324515
FW Stuart Pearson391371304914
Own goals6006