Manchester United 1979-80

The 1979–80 season was Manchester United‘s 78th season in the Football League, and their fifth consecutive season in the top division of English football. They finished the season second in the league, just two points behind champions Liverpool, and qualified for the 1980–81 UEFA Cup. It was the first season at the club for new midfielder Ray Wilkins, signed in the 1979 close season for a club record fee of £750,000. However, United had gained a reputation for playing generally dull football under Sexton, and by the end of his third season as manager they had still yet to win a major trophy, as Liverpool ruled supreme in the English league.
 

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
18 August 1979SouthamptonA1 – 1McQueen21,768
22 August 1979West Bromwich AlbionH2 – 0McQueen, Coppell53,393
25 August 1979ArsenalA0 – 044,380
1 September 1979MiddlesbroughH2 – 1Macari (2)51,015
8 September 1979Aston VillaA3 – 0Coppell, Thomas (pen.), Grimes36,183
15 September 1979Derby CountyH1 – 0Grimes54,308
22 September 1979Wolverhampton WanderersA1 – 3Macari35,503
29 September 1979Stoke CityH4 – 0Wilkins, McQueen (2), McIlroy52,596
6 October 1979Brighton & Hove AlbionH2 – 0Coppell, Macari52,641
10 October 1979West Bromwich AlbionA0 – 227,713
13 October 1979Bristol CityA1 – 1Macari28,305
20 October 1979Ipswich TownH1 – 0Grimes50,826
27 October 1979EvertonA0 – 037,708
3 November 1979SouthamptonH1 – 0Macari50,215
10 November 1979Manchester CityA0 – 250,567
17 November 1979Crystal PalaceH1 – 1Jordan52,800
24 November 1979Norwich CityH5 – 0Macari, Moran, Coppell, Jordan (2)46,540
1 December 1979Tottenham HotspurA2 – 1Macari, Coppell51,389
8 December 1979Leeds UnitedH1 – 1Thomas57,471
15 December 1979Coventry CityA2 – 1McQueen, Macari25,541
22 December 1979Nottingham ForestH3 – 0Jordan (2), McQueen54,607
26 December 1979LiverpoolA0 – 251,073
29 December 1979ArsenalH3 – 0McQueen, Jordan, McIlroy (pen.)54,295
12 January 1980MiddlesbroughA1 – 1Thomas30,587
2 February 1980Derby CountyA3 – 1Thomas, McIlroy, B. Powell (o.g.)27,783
9 February 1980Wolverhampton WanderersH0 – 151,568
16 February 1980Stoke CityA1 – 1Coppell28,389
23 February 1980Bristol CityH4 – 0Jordan (2), McIlroy, Merrick (o.g.)43,329
27 February 1980Bolton WanderersH2 – 0McQueen, Coppell47,546
1 March 1980Ipswich TownA0 – 630,229
12 March 1980EvertonH0 – 045,515
15 March 1980Brighton & Hove AlbionA0 – 030,243
22 March 1980Manchester CityH1 – 0Thomas56,387
29 March 1980Crystal PalaceA2 – 0Jordan, Thomas33,056
2 April 1980Nottingham ForestA0 – 231,417
5 April 1980LiverpoolH2 – 1Thomas, Greenhoff57,342
7 April 1980Bolton WanderersA3 – 1McQueen, Thomas, Coppell31,902
12 April 1980Tottenham HotspurH4 – 1Ritchie (3), Wilkins53,151
19 April 1980Norwich CityA2 – 0Jordan (2)24,697
23 April 1980Aston VillaH2 – 1Jordan (2)45,201
26 April 1980Coventry CityH2 – 1McIlroy (2; 1 pen)52,154
3 May 1980Leeds UnitedA0 – 239,625
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Liverpool42251078130+5160
2Manchester United42241086535+3058
3Ipswich Town42229116839+2953

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
5 January 1980Round 3Tottenham HotspurA1 – 1McIlroy (pen.)45,207
9 January 1980Round 3
Replay
Tottenham HotspurH0 – 153,762

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
29 August 1979Round 2
First Leg
Tottenham HotspurA1 – 2Thomas29,163
5 September 1979Round 2
Second Leg
Tottenham HotspurH3 – 1Thomas, Coppell, Miller (o.g.)48,292
26 September 1979Round 3Norwich CityA1 – 4McIlroy18,312

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Gary Bailey4202030470
DF Arthur Albiston2500030280
DF Martin Buchan4202030470
DF Stewart Houston1402010170
DF Nikola Jovanović1(1)000001(1)0
DF Gordon McQueen3392020379
DF Kevin Moran91000091
DF Jimmy Nicholl4202030470
DF Steve Paterson0(1)000101(1)0
MF Steve Coppell4282021469
MF Ashley Grimes20(6)3001021(6)3
MF Lou Macari3992030449
MF Chris McGrath0(1)000000(1)0
MF Sammy McIlroy4162121458
MF Tom Sloan1(4)000001(4)0
MF Mickey Thomas35820324010
MF Ray Wilkins3722030422
FW Jimmy Greenhoff4(1)100004(1)1
FW Joe Jordan321320203613
FW Andy Ritchie3(5)3001(2)04(7)3
Own goals2013