United 03/04

The 2003–04 season was Manchester United’s 12th season in the Premier League, and their 29th consecutive season in the top division of English football.
United won a record eleventh FA Cup with a 3–0 win over Millwall at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but surrendered the Premier League title to unbeaten champions Arsenal, with a second half dip in league form coinciding with Rio Ferdinand starting an eight-month ban from football due to a missed drugs test and restricting United to a third-place finish.
New to the United side were Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian World Cup-winning midifelder Kléberson, American goalkeeper Tim Howard, Cameroonian midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba and French striker David Bellion.
United’s European Cup and League Cup dreams ended in the last 16, with the European exit being particularly painful as a last minute goal by eventual champions Porto put them out of the competition and denied them an eighth successive European Cup quarter-final.

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
22 July 2003CelticN4–0Van Nistelrooy 7′, Giggs 27′, Solskjær 39′, Bellion 72′66,722
27 July 2003Club AméricaN3–1Van Nistelrooy 46′, Forlán (2) 48′, 80′57,365
31 July 2003JuventusN4–1Giggs 24′, Scholes 57′, Van Nistelrooy 60′, Solskjær 79′79,000
3 August 2003BarcelonaN3–1Forlán (2) 25′, 36′, Van Nistelrooy 85′68,396
7 August 2003Sporting CPA1–3Hugo 88′ (o.g.)55,000
13 August 2003Stoke CityA1–3Forlán 68′

FA Community Shield

DateOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
10 August 2003ArsenalN1–1
(4–3p)
Silvestre 15′59,293

FA Premier League

DateOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
16 August 2003Bolton WanderersH4–0Giggs (2) 35′, 74′, Scholes 77′, Van Nistelrooy 87′67,6472nd
23 August 2003Newcastle UnitedA2–1Van Nistelrooy 51′, Scholes 59′52,1653rd
27 August 2003Wolverhampton WanderersH1–0O’Shea 10′67,6482nd
31 August 2003SouthamptonA0–132,0662nd
13 September 2003Charlton AthleticA2–0Van Nistelrooy (2) 62′, 82′26,0782nd
21 September 2003ArsenalH0–067,6393rd
27 September 2003Leicester CityA4–1Keane 15′, Van Nistelrooy (3) 16′, 45′, 52′32,0443rd
4 October 2003Birmingham CityH3–0Van Nistelrooy 36′ (pen.), Scholes 57′, Giggs 82′67,6332nd
18 October 2003Leeds UnitedA1–0Keane 81′40,1532nd
25 October 2003FulhamH1–3Forlán 45′67,7273rd
1 November 2003PortsmouthH3–0Forlán 37′, Ronaldo 80′, Keane 82′67,6393rd
9 November 2003LiverpoolA2–1Giggs (2) 58′, 70′44,1593rd
22 November 2003Blackburn RoversH2–1Van Nistelrooy 24′, Kléberson 38′67,7483rd
30 November 2003ChelseaA0–141,9323rd
6 December 2003Aston VillaH4–0Van Nistelrooy (2) 16′, 45′, Forlán (2) 90′, 90′67,6213rd
13 December 2003Manchester CityH3–1Scholes (2) 7′, 73′, Van Nistelrooy 34′67,6452nd
21 December 2003Tottenham HotspurA2–1O’Shea 15′, Van Nistelrooy 26′35,9101st
26 December 2003EvertonH3–2Butt 9′, Kléberson 44′, Bellion 68′67,6421st
28 December 2003MiddlesbroughA1–0Fortune 14′34,7381st
7 January 2004Bolton WanderersA2–1Scholes 24′, Van Nistelrooy 39′27,6681st
11 January 2004Newcastle UnitedH0–067,6221st
17 January 2004Wolverhampton WanderersA0–129,3962nd
31 January 2004SouthamptonH3–2Saha 18′, Scholes 37′, Van Nistelrooy 61′67,7582nd
7 February 2004EvertonA4–3Saha (2) 9′, 29′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 24′, 89′40,1902nd
11 February 2004MiddlesbroughH2–3Van Nistelrooy 45′, Giggs 63′67,3462nd
21 February 2004Leeds UnitedH1–1Scholes 64′67,7442nd
28 February 2004FulhamA1–1Saha 14′18,3063rd
14 March 2004Manchester CityA1–4Scholes 35′47,2843rd
20 March 2004Tottenham HotspurH3–0Giggs 30′, Ronaldo 89′, Bellion 90′67,6343rd
28 March 2004ArsenalA1–1Saha 86′38,1843rd
10 April 2004Birmingham CityA2–1Ronaldo 60′, Saha 78′29,5483rd
13 April 2004Leicester CityH1–0G. Neville 56′67,7493rd
17 April 2004PortsmouthA0–120,1403rd
20 April 2004Charlton AthleticH2–0Saha 28′, G. Neville 65′67,4773rd
24 April 2004LiverpoolH0–167,6473rd
1 May 2004Blackburn RoversA0–129,6163rd
8 May 2004ChelseaH1–1Van Nistelrooy 76′67,6093rd
15 May 2004Aston VillaA2–0Ronaldo 4′, Van Nistelrooy 10′42,5733rd
PosClubPldWDLFAGDPts
2Chelsea3824776730+3779
3Manchester United3823696435+2975
4Liverpool381612105537+1860

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
4 January 2004Round 3Aston VillaA2–1Scholes (2) 64′, 68′40,371
25 January 2004Round 4Northampton TownA3–0Silvestre 34′, Hargreaves 47′ (o.g.), Forlán 68′7,356
14 February 2004Round 5Manchester CityH4–2Scholes 34′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 71′, 80′, Ronaldo 74′67,228
6 March 2004Round 6FulhamH2–1Van Nistelrooy (2) 25′, 62′67,614
3 April 2004Semi-finalArsenalN1–0Scholes 32′39,939
22 May 2004FinalMillwallN3–0Ronaldo 44′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 65′ (pen.), 81′71,350

League Cup[edit]

DateRoundOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
28 October 2003Round 3Leeds UnitedA3–2
(a.e.t.)
Bellion 78′, Forlán 108′, Djemba-Djemba 117′37,546
3 December 2003Round 4West Bromwich AlbionA0–225,282

UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stage

DateOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
16 September 2003PanathinaikosH5–0Silvestre 13′, Fortune 15′, Solskjær 33′, Butt 40′, Djemba-Djemba 83′66,5201st
1 October 2003StuttgartA1–2Van Nistelrooy 67′ (pen.)50,3482nd
22 October 2003RangersA1–0P. Neville 5′48,7301st
4 November 2003RangersH3–0Forlán 6′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 43′, 60′66,7071st
26 November 2003PanathinaikosA1–0Forlán 85′6,8901st
9 December 2003StuttgartH2–0Van Nistelrooy 45′, Giggs 58′67,1411st
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Manchester United6501132+1115
Stuttgart640296+312
Panathinaikos6114513−84
Rangers6114410−64

Knockout phase

DateRoundOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
25 February 2004First knockout round
First leg
PortoA1–2Fortune 14′49,977
9 March 2004First knockout round
Second leg
PortoH1–1Scholes 32′67,029

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Fabien Barthez000000000000
2DF Gary Neville30240107000422
3DF Phil Neville29(2)02(1)010711040(3)1
5DF Rio Ferdinand20000006010270
6DF Wes Brown15(2)05(1)000200022(3)0
7MF Cristiano Ronaldo15(14)452103(2)00024(16)6
8MF Nicky Butt12(9)13(2)0204(1)11022(12)2
9FW Louis Saha9(3)700001(1)00010(4)7
10FW Ruud van Nistelrooy31(1)203(1)600741042(2)30
11MF Ryan Giggs29(4)75000811043(4)8
12FW David Bellion4(10)21(1)0210(4)0007(15)3
13GK Roy Carroll602(1)020100011(1)0
14GK Tim Howard32040007010440
15MF Kléberson10(2)210101(1)00013(3)2
16MF Roy Keane (c)25(3)34(1)000401034(4)3
17GK Ricardo000000000000
18MF Paul Scholes24(4)96400511036(4)14
19MF Eric Djemba-Djemba10(5)00(1)0111(3)10(1)012(10)2
20FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær7(6)01(2)0001(1)11010(9)1
21FW Diego Forlán10(14)421112(2)20(1)015(17)8
22DF John O’Shea32(1)260206(1)00(1)046(3)2
23MF Kieran Richardson000(1)02000002(1)0
24MF Darren Fletcher17(5)04(1)0203(3)00026(9)0
25MF Quinton Fortune18(5)130106(1)21029(6)3
26MF Danny Pugh000(1)01000001(1)0
27DF Mikaël Silvestre33(1)05100611145(1)3
32FW Eddie Johnson00000(1)000000(1)0
33MF Chris Eagles00000(2)000000(2)0
34DF Phil Bardsley000(1)01000001(1)0
36FW Daniel Nardiello00000(1)000000(1)0
39DF Paul Tierney000010000010