Manchester United 1977-78

The 1977–78 season was Manchester United’s 76th season in the Football League, and their third consecutive season in the top division of English football. It was their first season under the management of Dave Sexton, following the dismissal of Tommy Docherty in the close season due to revelations about his personal life. As FA Cup holders they contested the Charity Shield and were joint holders with league champions Liverpool, but failed to make an impact in Europe or on either of the domestic cups and finished only 10th in the league.
They were in fact expelled from the Cup Winners’ Cup after their fans ran riot in France after a first round first leg tie with Saint-Etienne, although they were reinstated to the competition on appeal but had to play the return leg at a neutral venue.
Winger Gordon Hill, who was transferred to Derby County (then managed by Tommy Docherty) at the end of the season, bowed out of Old Trafford in style as the club’s top scorer once again with 17 goals in the league and 19 in all competitions.
 

FA Charity Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
13 August 1977LiverpoolN0 – 082,000

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
20 August 1977Birmingham CityA4 – 1Macari (3), Hill28,005
24 August 1977Coventry CityH2 – 1Hill, McCreery55,726
27 August 1977Ipswich TownH0 – 057,904
3 September 1977Derby CountyA1 – 0Macari21,279
10 September 1977Manchester CityA1 – 3Nicholl50,856
17 September 1977ChelseaH0 – 154,951
24 September 1977Leeds UnitedA1 – 1Hill33,517
1 October 1977LiverpoolH2 – 0Macari, McIlroy55,089
8 October 1977MiddlesbroughA1 – 2Coppell26,882
15 October 1977Newcastle UnitedH3 – 2Coppell, J. Greenhoff, Macari55,056
22 October 1977West Bromwich AlbionA0 – 427,526
29 October 1977Aston VillaA1 – 2Nicholl39,144
5 November 1977ArsenalH1 – 2Hill53,055
12 November 1977Nottingham ForestA1 – 2Pearson30,183
19 November 1977Norwich CityH1 – 0Pearson48,729
26 November 1977Queens Park RangersA2 – 2Hill (2)25,367
3 December 1977Wolverhampton WanderersH3 – 1J. Greenhoff, McIlroy, Pearson48,874
10 December 1977West Ham UnitedA1 – 2McGrath20,242
17 December 1977Nottingham ForestH0 – 454,374
26 December 1977EvertonA6 – 2J. Greenhoff (2), Coppell, Hill, Macari, McIlroy48,335
27 December 1977Leicester CityH3 – 1Coppell, J. Greenhoff, Hill57,396
31 December 1977Coventry CityA0 – 324,706
2 January 1978Birmingham CityH1 – 2J. Greenhoff53,501
14 January 1978Ipswich TownA2 – 1McIlroy, Pearson23,321
21 January 1978Derby CountyH4 – 0Hill (2), Buchan, Pearson57,115
8 February 1978Bristol CityH1 – 1Hill43,457
11 February 1978ChelseaA2 – 2Hill, McIlroy32,849
25 February 1978LiverpoolA1 – 3McIlroy49,095
1 March 1978Leeds UnitedH0 – 149,101
4 March 1978MiddlesbroughH0 – 046,322
11 March 1978Newcastle UnitedA2 – 2Hill, Jordan25,825
15 March 1978Manchester CityH2 – 2Hill (2)58,398
18 March 1978West Bromwich AlbionH1 – 1McQueen46,329
25 March 1978Leicester CityA3 – 2J. Greenhoff, Hill, Pearson20,299
27 March 1978EvertonH1 – 2Hill55,277
29 March 1978Aston VillaH1 – 1McIlroy41,625
1 April 1978ArsenalA1 – 3Jordan40,829
8 April 1978Queens Park RangersH3 – 1Pearson (2), Grimes42,677
15 April 1978Norwich CityA3 – 1Coppell, Jordan, McIlroy19,778
22 April 1978West Ham UnitedH3 – 0Grimes, McIlroy, Pearson54,089
25 April 1978Bristol CityA1 – 0Pearson26,035
29 April 1978Wolverhampton WanderersA1 – 2B. Greenhoff24,774
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
9Leeds United421810146353+1046
10Manchester United421610166763+442
11Birmingham City42169175560–541

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

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
7 January 1978Round 3Carlisle UnitedA1 – 1Macari21,710
11 January 1978Round 3
Replay
Carlisle UnitedH4 – 2Macari (2), Pearson (2)54,156
28 January 1978Round 4West Bromwich AlbionH1 – 1Coppell57,056
1 February 1978Round 4
Replay
West Bromwich AlbionA2 – 3Hill, Pearson37,086

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
30 August 1977Round 2ArsenalA2 – 3McCreery, Pearson36,171

Cup Winners’ Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
14 September 1977Round 1
First leg
Saint-ÉtienneA1 – 1Hill33,678
5 October 1977Round 1
Second leg
Saint-ÉtienneH2 – 0Coppell, Pearson31,634
19 October 1977Round 2
First leg
PortoA0 – 470,000
2 November 1977Round 2
Second leg
PortoH5 – 2Coppell (2), Nicholl, Murça (2 o.g.)51,831

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupCup Winners’ CupOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Paddy Roche19040000000230
GK Alex Stepney23000104010290
DF Arthur Albiston27(1)04010401037(1)0
DF Martin Buchan28140104010381
DF Alex Forsyth3000000(1)0003(1)0
DF Brian Greenhoff31110102010361
DF Stewart Houston31030002(1)00036(1)0
DF Gordon McQueen14100000000141
DF Jimmy Nicholl37240104110473
DF Martyn Rogers100000000010
MF Steve Coppell42541104310529
MF Ashley Grimes7(6)210100(2)0009(8)2
MF Gordon Hill3617311041104519
MF Lou Macari328431020104011
MF David McCreery13(4)10(1)011300(1)017(6)2
MF Chris McGrath9(9)1000(1)03(1)00012(11)1
MF Sammy McIlroy39940004010489
FW Jimmy Greenhoff22(1)62(1)000101026(2)6
FW Joe Jordan14320000000163
FW Stuart Pearson3010431131103915
FW Andy Ritchie400000000040
Own goals000202