United 06/07

The 2006–07 season was Manchester United’s 15th season in the Premier League, and their 32nd consecutive season in the top division of English football. United enjoyed a much more successful season than the previous three seasons, winning the Premier League by a six-point margin over Chelsea. They also reached the final of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, losing to Chelsea and Milan respectively. However, for all their success in the major competitions, the club was unable to defend the League Cup title they had won in 2005–06, losing to Southend United in the Fourth Round.
Manchester United were not only dominant on a team level in 2006–07, but also on an individual level, with eight United players earning spots in the PFA Team of the Year, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo picking up no less than eight individual awards for his performances over the season and Sir Alex Ferguson winning the Premier League’s Manager of the Season award.
The 2006–07 season also marked the 50th anniversary of the Busby Babes’ first foray into European competition. The event was marked by a charity football match, organised in collaboration with UEFA, who were commemorating 50 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome, against a team of the best players from Europe’s top clubs.
 

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
15 July 2006Orlando PiratesN4–0Solskjær (2) 4′, 43′, Richardson 57′, Seema 60′ (o.g.)
18 July 2006Kaizer ChiefsN1–0Dong 83′
22 July 2006Kaizer ChiefsA0–0
(3–4p)
26 July 2006CelticA3–0Evans 8′, Scholes (2) 61′, 85′
29 July 2006Preston North EndA1–2Solskjær 85′ (pen.)12,541
31 July 2006Macclesfield TownA2–1Rooney 46′, Campbell 71′
4 August 2006PortoN3–1Scholes 11′, Rooney 19′, Solskjær 73′25,000
5 August 2006AjaxA1–0Giggs 76′
8 August 2006Oxford UnitedA4–1Solskjær 6′, Ronaldo (2) 13′, 58′, Fletcher 15′
12 August 2006SevillaH3–0Saha 63′, Ronaldo 88′, D. Jones 90′40,134
13 March 2007Europe XIH4–3Rooney (2) 6′, 43′, Brown 9′, Ronaldo 35′74,343

Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
20 August 2006FulhamH5–1Saha 8′, Pearce 14′ (o.g.), Rooney (2) 16′, 64′, Ronaldo 19′75,1151st
23 August 2006Charlton AthleticA3–0Fletcher 49′, Saha 80′, Solskjær 90′25,4221st
26 August 2006WatfordA2–1Silvestre 12′, Giggs 52′19,4531st
9 September 2006Tottenham HotspurH1–0Giggs 9′75,4531st
17 September 2006ArsenalH0–175,5952nd
23 September 2006ReadingA1–1Ronaldo 73′24,0982nd
1 October 2006Newcastle UnitedH2–0Solskjær (2) 41′, 49′75,6641st
14 October 2006Wigan AthleticA3–1Vidić 62′, Saha 66′, Solskjær 90′20,6311st
22 October 2006LiverpoolH2–0Scholes 39′, Ferdinand 66′75,8281st
28 October 2006Bolton WanderersA4–0Rooney (3) 10′, 16′, 89′, Ronaldo 82′27,2291st
4 November 2006PortsmouthH3–0Saha 3′ (pen.), Ronaldo 10′, Vidić 66′76,0041st
11 November 2006Blackburn RoversA1–0Saha 64′26,1621st
18 November 2006Sheffield UnitedA2–1Rooney (2) 30′, 75′32,5841st
26 November 2006ChelseaH1–1Saha 29′75,9481st
29 November 2006EvertonH3–0Ronaldo 39′, Evra 63′, O’Shea 88′75,7231st
2 December 2006MiddlesbroughA2–1Saha 19′ (pen.), Fletcher 68′31,2381st
9 December 2006Manchester CityH3–1Rooney 6′, Saha 45′, Ronaldo 84′75,8581st
17 December 2006West Ham UnitedA0–134,9661st
23 December 2006Aston VillaA3–0Ronaldo (2) 58′, 85′, Scholes 64′42,5511st
26 December 2006Wigan AthleticH3–1Ronaldo (2) 47′, 51′, Solskjær 59′76,0181st
30 December 2006ReadingH3–2Solskjær 33′, Ronaldo (2) 59′, 77′75,9101st
1 January 2007Newcastle UnitedA2–2Scholes (2) 40′, 46′52,3021st
13 January 2007Aston VillaH3–1Park 11′, Carrick 13′, Ronaldo 35′76,0781st
21 January 2007ArsenalA1–2Rooney 53′60,1281st
31 January 2007WatfordH4–0Ronaldo 20′ (pen.), Doyley 60′ (o.g.), Larsson 70′, Rooney 71′76,0321st
4 February 2007Tottenham HotspurA4–0Ronaldo 45′ (pen.), Vidić 48′, Scholes 52′, Giggs 77′36,1461st
10 February 2007Charlton AthleticH2–0Park 24′, Fletcher 82′75,8831st
24 February 2007FulhamA2–1Giggs 29′, Ronaldo 88′24,4591st
3 March 2007LiverpoolA1–0O’Shea 90+1′44,4031st
17 March 2007Bolton WanderersH4–1Park (2) 14′, 25′, Rooney (2) 17′, 74′76,0581st
31 March 2007Blackburn RoversH4–1Scholes 61′, Carrick 72′, Park 83′, Solskjær 90′76,0981st
7 April 2007PortsmouthA1–2O’Shea 90′20,2231st
17 April 2007Sheffield UnitedH2–0Carrick 4′, Rooney 50′75,5401st
21 April 2007MiddlesbroughH1–1Richardson 3′75,9671st
28 April 2007EvertonA4–2O’Shea 61′, P. Neville 68′ (o.g.), Rooney 79′, Eagles 90′38,6101st
5 May 2007Manchester CityA1–0Ronaldo 34′ (pen.)47,2441st
9 May 2007ChelseaA0–041,7941st
13 May 2007West Ham UnitedH0–175,9271st
PosClubPldWDLFAGDPts
1Manchester United3828558327+5689
2Chelsea38241136424+4083
3Liverpool38208105727+3068

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
7 January 2007Round 3Aston VillaH2–1Larsson 55′, Solskjær 90+1′74,924
27 January 2007Round 4PortsmouthH2–1Rooney (2) 77′, 83′71,137
17 February 2007Round 5ReadingH1–1Carrick 45′70,608
27 February 2007Round 5 ReplayReadingA3–2Heinze 2′, Saha 4′, Solskjær 6′23,821
10 March 2007Round 6MiddlesbroughA2–2Rooney 23′, Ronaldo 68′ (pen.)33,308
19 March 2007Round 6 ReplayMiddlesbroughH1–0Ronaldo 76′ (pen.)61,325
14 April 2007Semi-finalWatfordN4–1Rooney (2) 7′, 66′, Ronaldo 28′, Richardson 82′37,425
19 May 2007FinalChelseaN0–1 (a.e.t.)89,826

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
25 October 2006Round 3Crewe AlexandraA2–1 (a.e.t.)Solskjær 26′, Lee 119′10,046
7 November 2006Round 4Southend UnitedA0–111,532

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

 

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
13 September 2006CelticH3–2Saha 30′ (pen.), 40′, Solskjær 47′74,0311st
26 September 2006BenficaA1–0Saha 60′61,0001st
17 October 2006CopenhagenH3–0Scholes 39′, O’Shea 46′, Richardson 83′72,0201st
1 November 2006CopenhagenA0–140,0001st
21 November 2006CelticA0–160,6322nd
6 December 2006BenficaH3–1Vidić 45+1′, Giggs 61′, Saha 75′74,9551st
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Manchester United6402105+512
Celtic630389−19
Benfica621378−17
Copenhagen621358−37

Knockout phase

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
20 February 2007First knockout round
First leg
LilleA1–0Giggs 83′41,000
7 March 2007First knockout round
Second leg
LilleH1–0Larsson 72′75,182
4 April 2007Quarter-final
First leg
RomaA1–2Rooney 60′77,000
10 April 2007Quarter-final
Second leg
RomaH7–1Carrick (2) 11′, 60′, Smith 17′, Rooney 19′
Ronaldo (2) 44′, 49′, Evra 81′
74,476
24 April 2007Semi-final
First leg
MilanH3–2Ronaldo 5′, Rooney (2) 59′, 90+1′73,820
2 May 2007Semi-final
Second leg
MilanA0–378,500

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Edwin van der Sar3203000120470
2DF Gary Neville (c)240300060330
3DF Patrice Evra22(2)13(1)00(1)04(3)129(7)2
4DF Gabriel Heinze17(5)061207(1)032(6)1
5DF Rio Ferdinand33170008(1)047(1)1
6DF Wes Brown17(5)060207032(5)0
7MF Cristiano Ronaldo31(3)176(1)31011349(4)23
8FW Wayne Rooney33(2)145(2)51012451(4)23
9FW Louis Saha18(6)821005(3)425(9)13
11MF Ryan Giggs (vc)25(5)460008239(5)6
13MF Park Ji-sung8(6)54(1)0000(1)012(8)5
14FW Alan Smith6(3)02(1)0201(3)111(7)1
15DF Nemanja Vidić253500081384
16MF Michael Carrick29(4)3710012248(4)6
17FW Henrik Larsson5(2)13(1)1002110(3)3
18MF Paul Scholes29(1)63(1)00010(1)142(3)7
20FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær9(10)73(3)2112(4)115(17)11
21FW Dong Fangzhuo1000000010
22DF John O’Shea16(16)42(3)0108(3)127(22)5
23MF Kieran Richardson8(7)12(1)1200(4)112(12)3
24MF Darren Fletcher16(8)33(3)0106(3)026(14)3
25MF David Jones0000200020
27DF Mikaël Silvestre6(8)120203013(8)1
29GK Tomasz Kuszczak60502000130
33MF Chris Eagles1(1)10000001(1)1
34DF Ryan Shawcross00000(2)0001(1)0
35DF Kieran Lee10000(2)1001(2)1
36DF David Gray0000100010
41FW Phil Marsh0000100010
42MF Michael Barnes00000(1)0000(1)0
49MF Ritchie Jones0000100010