Manchester United 1978-79

The 1978–79 season was Manchester United’s 77th season in the Football League, and their fourth consecutive season in the top division of English football. They finished the season ninth in the league and also reached the FA Cup Final where they lost 2–3 to Arsenal at Wembley.
 

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
19 August 1978Birmingham CityH1 – 0Jordan56,139
23 August 1978Leeds UnitedA3 – 2Macari, McIlroy, McQueen36,845
26 August 1978Ipswich TownA0 – 321,802
2 September 1978EvertonH1 – 1Buchan53,982
9 September 1978Queens Park RangersA1 – 1J. Greenhoff23,477
16 September 1978Nottingham ForestH1 – 1J. Greenhoff53,039
23 September 1978ArsenalA1 – 1Coppell45,393
30 September 1978Manchester CityH1 – 0Jordan55,301
7 October 1978MiddlesbroughH3 – 2Macari (2), Jordan45,402
14 October 1978Aston VillaA2 – 2Macari, McIlroy36,204
21 October 1978Bristol CityH1 – 3J. Greenhoff47,211
28 October 1978Wolverhampton WanderersA4 – 2J. Greenhoff (2), B. Greenhoff, Jordan23,141
4 November 1978SouthamptonH1 – 1J. Greenhoff46,259
11 November 1978Birmingham CityA1 – 5Jordan23,550
18 November 1978Ipswich TownH2 – 0Coppell, J. Greenhoff42,109
21 November 1978EvertonA0 – 342,126
25 November 1978ChelseaA1 – 0J. Greenhoff28,162
9 December 1978Derby CountyA3 – 1Ritchie (2), J. Greenhoff23,180
16 December 1978Tottenham HotspurH2 – 0McIlroy, Ritchie52,026
22 December 1978Bolton WanderersA0 – 332,390
26 December 1978LiverpoolH0 – 354,910
30 December 1978West Bromwich AlbionH3 – 5B. Greenhoff, McIlroy, McQueen45,091
3 February 1979ArsenalH0 – 245,460
10 February 1979Manchester CityA3 – 0Coppell (2), Ritchie46,151
24 February 1979Aston VillaH1 – 1J. Greenhoff44,437
28 February 1979Queens Park RangersH2 – 0Coppell, J. Greenhoff36,085
3 March 1979Bristol CityA2 – 1McQueen, Ritchie24,583
20 March 1979Coventry CityA3 – 4Coppell (2), McIlroy25,382
24 March 1979Leeds UnitedH4 – 1Ritchie (3), Thomas51,191
27 March 1979MiddlesbroughA2 – 2Coppell, McQueen20,138
7 April 1979Norwich CityA2 – 2Macari, McQueen19,382
11 April 1979Bolton WanderersH1 – 2Buchan49,617
14 April 1979LiverpoolA0 – 246,608
16 April 1979Coventry CityH0 – 043,035
18 April 1979Nottingham ForestA1 – 1Jordan33,074
21 April 1979Tottenham HotspurA1 – 1McQueen36,665
25 April 1979Norwich CityH1 – 0Macari33,678
28 April 1979Derby CountyH0 – 042,546
30 April 1979SouthamptonA1 – 1Ritchie21,616
5 May 1979West Bromwich AlbionA0 – 127,960
7 May 1979Wolverhampton WanderersH3 – 2Coppell (2), Ritchie39,402
16 May 1979ChelseaH1 – 1Coppell38,109
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
8Aston Villa421516115949+1046
9Manchester United421515126063–345
10Coventry City421416125868–1044

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
15 January 1979Round 3ChelseaH3 – 0Coppell, J. Greenhoff, Grimes38,743
31 January 1979Round 4FulhamA1 – 1J. Greenhoff25,229
12 February 1979Round 4
Replay
FulhamH1 – 0J. Greenhoff41,200
20 February 1979Round 5Colchester UnitedA1 – 0J. Greenhoff13,171
10 March 1979Round 6Tottenham HotspurA1 – 1Thomas51,800
14 March 1979Round 6
Replay
Tottenham HotspurH2 – 0McIlroy, Jordan55,584
31 March 1979Semi-FinalLiverpoolN2 – 2Jordan, B. Greenhoff52,524
4 April 1979Semi-Final
Replay
LiverpoolN1 – 0J. Greenhoff53,069
12 May 1979FinalArsenalN2 – 3McQueen, McIlroy100,000

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
30 August 1978Round 2Stockport CountyH3 – 2McIlroy, J. Greenhoff, Jordan41,761
4 October 1978Round 3WatfordH1 – 2Jordan40,534

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Gary Bailey2809000370
GK Paddy Roche1400020160
DF Arthur Albiston32(1)0702041(1)0
DF Martin Buchan3729020482
DF Tom Connell20000020
DF Stewart Houston21(1)0201024(1)0
DF Gordon McQueen3669120477
DF Kevin Moran10000010
DF Jimmy Nicholl19(2)06(2)00025(4)0
DF Steve Paterson1(2)000001(2)0
MF Steve Coppell421191205312
MF Brian Greenhoff32(1)2512039(1)3
MF Ashley Grimes5(11)0312010(11)1
MF Lou Macari31(1)6501037(1)6
MF David McCreery14(1)0000(1)014(2)0
MF Chris McGrath0(2)000000(2)0
MF Sammy McIlroy4059221518
MF Tom Sloan3(1)000003(1)0
MF Mickey Thomas2518100332
FW Jimmy Greenhoff331195214417
FW Joe Jordan3064(1)22236(1)10
FW Stuart Pearson00200020
FW Andy Ritchie16(1)103(1)00019(2)10