Manchester United 83-84

The 1983–84 season was Manchester United’s 82nd season in the Football League, and their 9th consecutive season in the top division of English football.As FA Cup holders they suffered a shock exit at the hands of Third Division underdogs Bournemouth in the third round, but did reach the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup and were narrowly defeated by Juventus. They frequently led the league during the season but eventually finish fourth, having been held to a draw in 14 out of 42 games despite losing just eight times. Perhaps the most memorable game of the season was the European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final clash with Barcelona of Spain, a side featuring Diego Maradona. After going 2–0 down in the first leg, United achieved a remarkable 3–0 win in the return leg at Old Trafford.
It was the breakthrough season at the club for young striker Mark Hughes, who scored four times late in the season, and the final season at the club for midfielder Ray Wilkins who exited Old Traffordat the end of the campaign to sign for Milan. Captain Bryan Robson stayed at the club despite an attempt to sign him by Italian side Juventus.
The close season saw the arrival of wingers Gordon Strachan and Jesper Olsen.
 

FA Charity Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
20 August 1983LiverpoolN2 – 0Robson (2)92,000

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
27 August 1983Queens Park RangersH3 – 1Mühren (2), Stapleton48,742
29 August 1983Nottingham ForestH1 – 2Moran43,005
3 September 1983Stoke CityA1 – 0Mühren23,704
6 September 1983ArsenalA3 – 2Moran, Robson, Stapleton42,703
10 September 1983Luton TownH2 – 0Albiston, Mühren41,013
17 September 1983SouthamptonA0 – 320,674
24 September 1983LiverpoolH1 – 0Stapleton56,121
1 October 1983Norwich CityA3 – 3Whiteside (2), Stapleton19,290
15 October 1983West Bromwich AlbionH3 – 0Albiston, Graham, Whiteside42,221
22 October 1983SunderlandA1 – 0Wilkins26,826
29 October 1983Wolverhampton WanderersH3 – 0Stapleton (2), Robson41,880
5 November 1983Aston VillaH1 – 2Robson45,077
12 November 1983Leicester CityA1 – 1Robson24,409
19 November 1983WatfordH4 – 1Stapleton (3), Robson43,111
27 November 1983West Ham UnitedA1 – 1Wilkins23,355
3 December 1983EvertonH0 – 143,664
10 December 1983Ipswich TownA2 – 0Crooks, Graham19,779
16 December 1983Tottenham HotspurH4 – 2Graham (2), Moran (2)33,616
26 December 1983Coventry CityA1 – 1Mühren21,553
27 December 1983Notts CountyH3 – 3Crooks, McQueen, Moran41,544
31 December 1983Stoke CityH1 – 0Graham40,164
2 January 1984LiverpoolA1 – 1Whiteside44,622
13 January 1984Queens Park RangersA1 – 1Robson16,308
21 January 1984SouthamptonH3 – 2Mühren, Robson, Stapleton40,371
4 February 1984Norwich CityH0 – 036,851
7 February 1984Birmingham CityA2 – 2Hogg, Whiteside19,957
12 February 1984Luton TownA5 – 0Robson (2), Whiteside (2), Stapleton11,265
18 February 1984Wolverhampton WanderersA1 – 1Whiteside20,676
25 February 1984SunderlandH2 – 1Moran (2)40,615
3 March 1984Aston VillaA3 – 0Moses, Robson, Whiteside32,874
10 March 1984Leicester CityH2 – 0Hughes, Moses39,473
17 March 1984ArsenalH4 – 0Mühren (2), Robson, Stapleton48,942
31 March 1984West Bromwich AlbionA0 – 228,104
7 April 1984Birmingham CityH1 – 0Robson39,896
14 April 1984Notts CountyA0 – 113,911
17 April 1984WatfordA0 – 020,764
21 April 1984Coventry CityH4 – 1Hughes (2), McGrath, Wilkins38,524
28 April 1984West Ham UnitedH0 – 044,124
5 May 1984EvertonA1 – 1Stapleton28,802
7 May 1984Ipswich TownH1 – 2Hughes44,257
12 May 1984Tottenham HotspurA1 – 1Whiteside39,790
16 May 1984Nottingham ForestA0 – 223,651
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3Nottingham Forest42228127645+3174
4Manchester United42201487141+3074
5Queens Park Rangers42227136737+3073

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 1984Round 3BournemouthA0 – 214,782

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
3 October 1983Round 2
First leg
Port ValeA1 – 0Stapleton19,885
26 October 1983Round 2
Second leg
Port ValeH2 – 0Whiteside, Wilkins23,589
8 November 1983Round 3Colchester UnitedA2 – 0McQueen, Moses13,031
30 November 1983Round 4Oxford UnitedA1 – 1Hughes13,739
7 December 1983Round 4
Replay
Oxford UnitedH1 – 1Stapleton27,459
19 December 1983Round 4
2nd Replay
Oxford UnitedA1 – 2Graham13,912

Cup Winners’ Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
14 September 1983Round 1
First leg
Dukla PragueH1 – 1Wilkins39,745
27 September 1983Round 1
Second leg
Dukla PragueA2 – 2Robson, Stapleton28,850
19 October 1983Round 2
First leg
Spartak VarnaA2 – 1Graham, Robson40,000
2 November 1983Round 2
Second leg
Spartak VarnaH2 – 0Stapleton (2)39,079
7 March 1984Round 3
First leg
BarcelonaA0 – 270,000
21 March 1984Round 3
Second leg
BarcelonaH3 – 0Robson (2), Stapleton58,547
11 April 1984Semi-final
First leg
JuventusH1 – 1Davies58,171
25 April 1984Semi-final
Second leg
JuventusA1 – 2Whiteside64,655

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupMilk CupUEFA CupOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Gary Bailey40010508010550
GK Jeff Wealands200010000030
DF Arthur Albiston40210608010562
DF Clayton Blackmore100000000010
DF Mike Duxbury39010608010550
DF John Gidman4000101(1)00(1)06(2)0
DF Graeme Hogg16110004000211
DF Paul McGrath9100102000121
DF Gordon McQueen20100414010292
DF Kevin Moran38700508010527
MF Alan Davies3000000(1)1003(1)1
MF Mark Dempsey0000000(1)0000(1)0
MF Arthur Graham33(4)510516(1)11046(5)7
MF Lou Macari0(5)00(1)00(2)020002(8)0
MF Remi Moses31(4)2105(1)15(1)00042(6)3
MF Arnold Mühren26810205010358
MF Bryan Robson3312106064124718
MF Ray Wilkins42310616110565
FW Garth Crooks6(1)2000000006(1)2
FW Mark Hughes7(4)4001(1)12(2)00010(7)5
FW Frank Stapleton4213106284105819
FW Norman Whiteside30(7)1010615(1)11043(8)12