United 04/05

The 2004–05 season was Manchester United’s 13th season in the Premier League, and their 30th consecutive season in the top division of English football.
The season finished trophyless (only their fourth trophyless season in 17 seasons) for United, who finished third in the Premier League with 77 points. The title went to Chelsea, who finished the season with a record 95 points and lost just one game all season, with the previous season’s champions Arsenal finishing runners-up.
Their European Cup dream ended in the Second Round at Milan, while they were eliminated from the League Cup by Chelsea in the semi-finals. The last chance of silverware was blown by a Paul Scholes penalty miss against Arsenal in a shoot-out after a goalless draw in the 2005 FA Cup Final.
On a more positive note for the club, newly signed 19-year-old striker and leading club goalscorer Wayne Rooney was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
United also ended Arsenal’s record-breaking 49-game unbeaten league run with a 2–0 home win in late October.

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
18 July 2004Cobh RamblersA2–1Timm 18′, Cooper 84′7,000
25 July 2004Bayern MunichN0–0
(2–4p)
58,121
28 July 2004CelticN1–2Smith 35′55,421
31 July 2004MilanN1–1
(8–9p)
Scholes 33′74,511
3 August 2004PSV EindhovenH1–0Silvestre29,479
5 August 2004Urawa Red DiamondsHA–AMatch cancelled due to bad weather
17 August 2004BurnleyA3–1Scholes 30′, P. Neville 38′, Eagles 47′8,814

FA Community Shield

 

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
8 August 2004ArsenalN1–3Smith 55′63,317

FA Premier League

 
 

DateOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
15 August 2004ChelseaA0–141,81317th
21 August 2004Norwich CityH2–1Bellion 32′, Smith 50′67,8128th
28 August 2004Blackburn RoversA1–1Smith 90′26,15511th
30 August 2004EvertonH0–067,8039th
11 September 2004Bolton WanderersA2–2Heinze 44′, Bellion 90′27,76611th
20 September 2004LiverpoolH2–1Silvestre (2) 20′, 66′67,8578th
25 September 2004Tottenham HotspurA1–0Van Nistelrooy 42′ (pen.)36,1035th
3 October 2004MiddlesbroughH1–1Smith 81′67,9884th
16 October 2004Birmingham CityA0–029,2216th
24 October 2004ArsenalH2–0Van Nistelrooy 73′ (pen.), Rooney 90′67,8625th
30 October 2004PortsmouthA0–220,1907th
7 November 2004Manchester CityH0–067,8637th
14 November 2004Newcastle UnitedA3–1Rooney (2) 7′, 90′, Van Nistelrooy 74′ (pen.)52,3207th
20 November 2004Charlton AthleticH2–0Giggs 41′, Scholes 50′67,7046th
27 November 2004West Bromwich AlbionA3–0Scholes (2) 53′, 82′, Van Nistelrooy 72′27,7094th
4 December 2004SouthamptonH3–0Scholes 53′, Rooney 58′, Ronaldo 87′67,9214th
13 December 2004FulhamA1–1Smith 33′21,9404th
18 December 2004Crystal PalaceH5–2Scholes (2) 22′, 49′, Smith 35′, Boyce 48′ (o.g.), O’Shea 90′67,8144th
26 December 2004Bolton WanderersH2–0Giggs 10′, Scholes 89′67,8674th
28 December 2004Aston VillaA1–0Giggs 41′42,5933rd
1 January 2005MiddlesbroughA2–0Fletcher 9′, Giggs 79′34,1993rd
4 January 2005Tottenham HotspurH0–067,9623rd
15 January 2005LiverpoolA1–0Rooney 21′44,1833rd
22 January 2005Aston VillaH3–1Ronaldo 8′, Saha 69′, Scholes 70′67,5893rd
1 February 2005ArsenalA4–2Giggs 18′, Ronaldo (2) 54′, 58′, O’Shea 89′38,1642nd
5 February 2005Birmingham CityH2–0Keane 55′, Rooney 78′67,8382nd
13 February 2005Manchester CityA2–0Rooney 68′, Dunne 75′ (o.g.)47,1112nd
26 February 2005PortsmouthH2–1Rooney (2) 8′, 81′67,9892nd
5 March 2005Crystal PalaceA0–026,0212nd
19 March 2005FulhamH1–0Ronaldo 21′67,9592nd
2 April 2005Blackburn RoversH0–067,9393rd
9 April 2005Norwich CityA0–225,5223rd
20 April 2005EvertonA0–137,1603rd
24 April 2005Newcastle UnitedH2–1Rooney 57′, Brown 75′67,8453rd
1 May 2005Charlton AthleticA4–0Scholes 34′, Fletcher 44′, Smith 62′, Rooney 67′26,7893rd
7 May 2005West Bromwich AlbionH1–1Giggs 21′67,8273rd
10 May 2005ChelseaH1–3Van Nistelrooy 7′67,8323rd
15 May 2005SouthamptonA2–1Fletcher 19′, Van Nistelrooy 63′32,0663rd
PosClubPldWDLFAGDPts
2Arsenal3825858736+5183
3Manchester United38221155826+3277
4Everton38187134546−161

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
8 January 2005Round 3Exeter CityH0–067,551
19 January 2005Round 3
Replay
Exeter CityA2–0Ronaldo 9′, Rooney 87′9,033
29 January 2005Round 4MiddlesbroughH3–0O’Shea 10′, Rooney (2) 67′, 82′67,251
19 February 2005Round 5EvertonA2–0Fortune 23′, Ronaldo 58′38,664
12 March 2005Round 6SouthamptonA4–0Keane 2′, Ronaldo 45′, Scholes (2) 48′, 87′30,971
17 April 2005Semi-finalNewcastle UnitedN4–1Van Nistelrooy (2) 19′, 58′, Scholes 45′, Ronaldo 76′69,280
21 May 2005FinalArsenalN0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–5p)
71,876

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
26 October 2004Round 3Crewe AlexandraA3–0Smith 10′, Miller 57′, Foster 59′ (o.g.)10,103
10 November 2004Round 4Crystal PalaceH2–0Saha 22′, Richardson 39′48,891
1 December 2004Quarter-finalArsenalH1–0Bellion 1′67,103
12 January 2005Semi-final
First leg
ChelseaA0–041,492
26 January 2005Semi-final
Second leg
ChelseaH1–2Giggs 67′67,000

UEFA Champions League

Third qualifying round

 

DateRoundOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
11 August 2004Third qualifying round
First leg
Dinamo BucureștiA2–1Giggs 38′, Alistar 72′ (o.g.)58,000
25 August 2004Third qualifying round
Second leg
Dinamo BucureștiH3–0Smith (2) 47′, 50′, Bellion 70′61,041

Group stage

DateOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
15 September 2004LyonA2–2Van Nistelrooy (2) 56′, 61′40,0003rd
28 September 2004FenerbahçeH6–2Giggs 7′, Rooney (3) 17′, 28′, 54′, Van Nistelrooy 78′, Bellion 81′67,1281st
19 October 2004Sparta PragueA0–020,6542nd
3 November 2004Sparta PragueH4–1Van Nistelrooy (4) 14′, 25′ (pen.), 60′, 90′66,7062nd
23 November 2004LyonH2–1G. Neville 19′, Van Nistelrooy 53′66,3981st
8 December 2004FenerbahçeA0–335,0002nd
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Lyon6411178+913
Manchester United6321149+511
Fenerbahçe63031013−39
Sparta Prague6015213−111

Knockout phase

DateRoundOpponentsH/AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
23 February 2005First knockout round
First leg
MilanH0–167,162
8 March 2005First knockout round
Second leg
MilanA0–178,957

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Tim Howard12040505010270
2DF Gary Neville22040107110351
3DF Phil Neville12(7)04(1)0301(5)00(1)020(14)0
4DF Gabriel Heinze26140207000391
5DF Rio Ferdinand31050105000420
6DF Wes Brown18(3)160306(1)00033(4)1
7FW Cristiano Ronaldo25(8)56(1)4207(1)00040(10)9
8FW Wayne Rooney24(5)11631(1)0630037(6)17
9FW Louis Saha7(7)10(2)0410(2)00011(11)2
10FW Ruud van Nistelrooy16(1)632006(1)80025(2)16
11MF Ryan Giggs26(6)62(2)011621036(8)9
12FW David Bellion1(9)210312(1)2108(10)5
13GK Roy Carroll26030005000340
14FW Alan Smith22(9)60(3)01(1)13(2)21127(15)10
15MF Kléberson6(2)000302(1)00011(3)0
16MF Roy Keane (c)28(3)14110601040(3)2
17MF Liam Miller3(5)02(2)0213(2)00010(9)1
18MF Paul Scholes29(4)95(1)31(1)0701043(6)12
19MF Eric Djemba-Djemba3(2)02040501015(2)0
20FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær000000000000
21FW Diego Forlán0(1)000000(1)00(1)00(3)0
22DF John O’Shea16(7)23(1)140501029(8)3
23MF Kieran Richardson0(2)010311(1)00(1)05(4)1
24MF Darren Fletcher1831(2)0303(2)00(1)025(5)3
25MF Quinton Fortune12(5)05(1)1403(2)01025(8)1
27DF Mikaël Silvestre33(2)22(2)0207(1)01045(5)2
28DF Gerard Piqué00100(1)00(1)0001(2)0
29DF Jonathan Spector2(1)0100(1)01(1)00(1)04(4)0
31MF David Jones00100(1)000001(1)0
33MF Chris Eagles00101(2)01(1)00(1)03(4)0
35GK Ricardo000000000000
40FW Sylvan Ebanks-Blake00000(1)000000(1)0
42FW Giuseppe Rossi00000(2)000000(2)0