United 05/06

The 2005–06 season was Manchester United’s 14th season in the Premier League, and their 31st consecutive season in the top division of English football.
After having finished in third place in both of the previous two seasons, the Red Devils improved slightly to finish the 2005–06 season in second place, despite finishing 8 points off the lead.
However, despite the improvement in their league form, United’s European form took a massive blow, with the club failing to reach the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1993–94. The club fared better in the FA Cup, reaching the Fifth Round, but their real success came in the League Cup, in which they beat Wigan Athletic 4–0 in the final. United became the first club in Premier League history to score 1000 goals, the milestone was reached on 29 October in the 4–1 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside, with Cristiano Ronaldo getting the goal.
The 2005–06 season also saw the departure of club captain Roy Keane, who had been at Old Trafford since 1993. Keane played his last game for the club on 18 September 2005 in a goalless draw with Liverpool, but was forced to withdraw from the match only a couple of minutes before full-time. It was later revealed that Keane had picked up a foot injury and he eventually left the club for his boyhood team Celtic on 18 November 2005. Keane was subsequently replaced as captain by his deputy, Gary Neville. On 25 November 2005, just seven days after Keane left the club, United fans were plunged into mourning by the death of legendary former player George Best, who died at the age of 59.
 

Pre-season and friendlies

 

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
16 July 2005ClydeA5–1Kléberson 30′, Scholes 48′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 58′ (pen.), 85′, Miller 78′8,000
20 July 2005Peterborough UnitedA6–0Van Nistelrooy (3) 54′, 77′, 84′, Ronaldo 69′, 90′, Rossi 81′15,460
23 July 2005Hong Kong XIA2–0Rossi 69′, Dong 73′33,971
26 July 2005Beijing HyundaiA3–0Scholes (2) 40′, 43′, Park 48′24,224
28 July 2005Kashima AntlersN1–2Giggs 7′33,971
30 July 2005Urawa Red DiamondsA2–0Rooney (2) 50′, 65′58,389
3 August 2005Royal AntwerpA6–1Van Nistelrooy (3) 12′, 27′ (pen.), 45′, Scholes 15′, Ronaldo 32′, Fletcher 60′12,000
9 May 2006CelticH1–0Ronaldo 55′69,591

FA Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
13 August 2005EvertonA2–0Van Nistelrooy 43′, Rooney 46′38,6104th
20 August 2005Aston VillaH1–0Van Nistelrooy 66′67,9344th
28 August 2005Newcastle UnitedA2–0Rooney 66′, Van Nistelrooy 90′52,3274th
10 September 2005Manchester CityH1–1Van Nistelrooy 45′67,8394th
18 September 2005LiverpoolA0–044,9173rd
24 September 2005Blackburn RoversH1–2Van Nistelrooy 67′67,7656th
1 October 2005FulhamA3–2Van Nistelrooy (2) 16′ (pen.), 44′, Rooney 17′21,8624th
15 October 2005SunderlandA3–1Rooney 40′, Van Nistelrooy 76′, Rossi 87′39,0853rd
22 October 2005Tottenham HotspurH1–1Silvestre 7′67,8565th
29 October 2005MiddlesbroughA1–4Ronaldo 90′30,5797th
6 November 2005ChelseaH1–0Fletcher 31′67,8644th
19 November 2005Charlton AthleticA3–1Smith 37′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 70′, 85′26,7303rd
27 November 2005West Ham UnitedA2–1Rooney 47′, O’Shea 56′34,7552nd
3 December 2005PortsmouthH3–0Scholes 20′, Rooney 80′, Van Nistelrooy 84′67,6842nd
11 December 2005EvertonH1–1Giggs 15′67,8313rd
14 December 2005Wigan AthleticH4–0Ferdinand 30′, Rooney (2) 35′, 55′, Van Nistelrooy 70′ (pen.)67,7932nd
17 December 2005Aston VillaA2–0Van Nistelrooy 10′, Rooney 51′37,1282nd
26 December 2005West Bromwich AlbionH3–0Scholes 35′, Ferdinand 45′, Van Nistelrooy 63′67,9722nd
28 December 2005Birmingham CityA2–2Van Nistelrooy 4′, Rooney 53′28,4592nd
31 December 2005Bolton WanderersH4–1N’Gotty 8′ (o.g.), Saha 44′, Ronaldo (2) 68′, 90′67,8582nd
3 January 2006ArsenalA0–038,3132nd
14 January 2006Manchester CityA1–3Van Nistelrooy 76′47,1922nd
22 January 2006LiverpoolH1–0Ferdinand 90′67,8742nd
1 February 2006Blackburn RoversA3–4Saha 37′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 63′, 65′25,4842nd
4 February 2006FulhamH4–2Park 6′, Ronaldo (2) 14′, 86′, Saha 23′67,8442nd
11 February 2006PortsmouthA3–1Van Nistelrooy 18′, Ronaldo (2) 38′, 45′20,2062nd
6 March 2006Wigan AthleticA2–1Ronaldo 74′, Chimbonda 90′ (o.g.)23,5242nd
12 March 2006Newcastle UnitedH2–0Rooney (2) 8′, 12′67,8582nd
18 March 2006West Bromwich AlbionA2–1Saha (2) 16′, 64′27,6232nd
26 March 2006Birmingham CityH3–0Taylor 3′ (o.g.), Giggs 15′, Rooney 83′69,0702nd
29 March 2006West Ham UnitedH1–0Van Nistelrooy 45′69,5222nd
1 April 2006Bolton WanderersA2–1Saha 33′, Van Nistelrooy 79′27,7182nd
9 April 2006ArsenalH2–0Rooney 54′, Park 78′70,9082nd
14 April 2006SunderlandH0–072,5192nd
17 April 2006Tottenham HotspurA2–1Rooney (2) 8′, 36′36,1412nd
29 April 2006ChelseaA0–342,2192nd
1 May 2006MiddlesbroughH0–069,5312nd
7 May 2006Charlton AthleticH4–0Saha 19′, Ronaldo 23′, Euell 34′ (o.g.), Richardson 58′73,0062nd
PosClubPldWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea3829457222+5091
2Manchester United3825857234+3883
3Liverpool3825765725+3282

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 2006Round 3Burton AlbionA0–06,191
18 January 2006Round 3
Replay
Burton AlbionH5–0Saha 7′, Rossi 23′, 90′, Richardson 52′, Giggs 68′53,654
29 January 2006Round 4Wolverhampton WanderersA3–0Richardson (2) 6′, 52′, Saha 45′28,333
18 February 2006Round 5LiverpoolA0–144,039

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
26 October 2005Round 3BarnetH4–1Miller 4′, Richardson 19′, Rossi 51′, Ebanks-Blake 89′43,673
30 November 2005Round 4West Bromwich AlbionH3–1Ronaldo 12′ (pen.), Saha 16′, O’Shea 56′48,294
20 December 2005Round 5Birmingham CityA3–1Saha (2) 46′, 63′, Park 50′20,454
11 January 2006Semi-final
First leg
Blackburn RoversA1–1Saha 30′24,348
25 January 2006Semi-final
Second leg
Blackburn RoversH2–1Van Nistelrooy 8′, Saha 51′61,637
26 February 2006FinalWigan AthleticN4–0Rooney (2) 33′, 61′, Saha 55′, Ronaldo 59′66,866

UEFA Champions League

Third qualifying round

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
9 August 2005Third qualifying round
First leg
DebrecenH3–0Rooney 7′, Van Nistelrooy 49′, Ronaldo 63′51,701
24 August 2005Third qualifying round
Second leg
DebrecenA3–0Heinze (2) 20′, 61′, Richardson 65′27,000

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
14 September 2005VillarrealA0–022,0002nd
27 September 2005BenficaH2–1Giggs 39′, Van Nistelrooy 85′66,1121st
18 October 2005LilleH0–060,6261st
2 November 2005LilleA0–165,0003rd
22 November 2005VillarrealH0–067,4713rd
7 December 2005BenficaA1–2Scholes 6′61,0004th
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Villarreal624031+210
Benfica62225508
Lille613212−16
Manchester United613234−16

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Tim Howard0(1)02030005(1)0
2DF Gary Neville (vc)24(1)02(1)0503(1)034(3)0
3DF Patrice Evra7(4)00(1)01(1)0008(6)0
4DF Gabriel Heinze2(2)00000224(2)2
5DF Rio Ferdinand3731(1)04(1)08050(2)3
6DF Wes Brown17(2)040503029(2)0
7MF Cristiano Ronaldo24(9)91(1)0428137(10)12
8FW Wayne Rooney34(2)162(1)03(1)25144(4)19
9FW Louis Saha12(7)73(1)2560(2)020(10)15
10FW Ruud van Nistelrooy28(7)21201(1)18239(8)24
11MF Ryan Giggs22(5)21(1)1304(1)130(7)4
13MF Park Ji-Sung23(11)11(1)0310(6)027(18)2
14FW Alan Smith15(6)10(2)01(1)07(1)023(10)1
15DF Nemanja Vidić9(2)0200(2)00011(4)0
16MF Roy Keane (c)4(1)00000105(1)0
17MF Liam Miller0(1)000110(1)01(2)1
18MF Paul Scholes18(2)200007125(2)3
19GK Edwin van der Sar380203080510
20FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær0(3)02000002(3)0
22DF John O’Shea341203(1)17046(1)2
23MF Kieran Richardson12(10)1434(1)12(3)122(14)5
24MF Darren Fletcher23(4)12(1)0407036(5)1
25MF Quinton Fortune0000000000
26DF Phil Bardsley3(5)0201(1)02(1)08(7)0
27DF Mikaël Silvestre30(3)1404(1)06044(4)1
28DF Gerard Piqué1(2)0201(1)0004(3)0
30GK Luke Steele0000000000
40FW Sylvan Ebanks-Blake0000110011
42FW Giuseppe Rossi1(4)122310(2)06(6)4
44DF Adam Eckersley0000100010
46MF Lee Martin0000100010
49MF Ritchie Jones00101(2)0002(2)0
50MF Darron Gibson00000(1)0000(1)0