United 07/08

The 2007–08 season was Manchester United’s 16th season in the Premier League, and their 33rd consecutive season in the top division of English football. The season was regarded as a success; despite the team’s slow start in the league, they won their 10th Premier League title (their 17th top division title overall, just one behind Liverpool’s record of 18 but no premier league titles) and beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final to claim the European Double.
Although they won the 2007 FA Community Shield against Chelsea, the club was not as successful in the domestic cup competitions, losing to eventual FA Cup winners, Portsmouth, in the Sixth Round, and losing to Coventry City in the Third Round of the League Cup.
In February 2008, the club commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, as a result of which eight United players and three members of the coaching staff lost their lives. The club held a memorial service at Old Trafford on 6 February 2008, renaming the tunnel under the South Stand as the “Munich Tunnel”. This was followed on 10 February by the Manchester derby. United took to the field in a retro kit reminiscent of the kit worn by the 1958 team, abandoning squad numbers in favour of a 1–11 numbering system.
United’s players were also successful on an individual level in the 2007–08 season, with three players in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, while Cristiano Ronaldo picked up six individual awards, including the Premier League Golden Boot for his 31 league goals.
 

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
17 July 2007Urawa Red DiamondsA2–2Fletcher 47′, Ronaldo 52′58,716
20 July 2007FC SeoulA4–0Ronaldo 5′, Eagles 18′, Rooney 20′, Evra 60′64,000
23 July 2007Shenzhen XiangxueN6–0Giggs 12′, Rooney 20′, Nani 22′, O’Shea 54′, Ronaldo 56′, Eagles 63′15,000
27 July 2007Guangzhou PharmaceuticalN3–0Rooney 12′ (pen.), Nani 43′, Martin 53′50,000
1 August 2007InternazionaleH2–3Rooney 18′, Adriano 50′ (o.g.)73,738
3 August 2007Doncaster RoversA2–0Gibson 70′, Evans 90′13,080
4 August 2007Peterborough UnitedA3–1Eckersley 23′, Jones 72′, Dong 82′
8 August 2007GlentoranA3–0Campbell 5′, Evra 14′, Nani 37′14,500
8 August 2007Dunfermline AthleticA4–0Eagles 27′, Giggs 35′, Rooney (2) 63′ (pen.), 85′11,200
21 January 2008Al-HilalA2–3Tevez 25′, Ronaldo 33′70,000

FA Community Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
5 August 2007ChelseaN1–1
(3–0p)
Giggs 35′80,731

Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
12 August 2007ReadingH0–075,65511th
15 August 2007PortsmouthA1–1Scholes 15′20,51012th
19 August 2007Manchester CityA0–144,95517th
26 August 2007Tottenham HotspurH1–0Nani 68′75,69610th
1 September 2007SunderlandH1–0Saha 71′75,6486th
15 September 2007EvertonA1–0Vidić 83′39,3641st
23 September 2007ChelseaH2–0Tevez 45′, Saha 89′ (pen.)75,6332nd
29 September 2007Birmingham CityA1–0Ronaldo 52′26,5262nd
6 October 2007Wigan AthleticH4–0Tevez 54′, Ronaldo (2) 58′, 76′, Rooney 82′75,3001st
20 October 2007Aston VillaA4–1Rooney (2) 36′, 44′, Ferdinand 45′, Giggs 75′42,6402nd
27 October 2007MiddlesbroughH4–1Nani 3′, Rooney 33′, Tevez (2) 55′, 85′75,7201st
3 November 2007ArsenalA2–2Gallas 45′ (o.g.), Ronaldo 81′60,1612nd
11 November 2007Blackburn RoversH2–0Ronaldo (2) 34′, 35′75,7101st
24 November 2007Bolton WanderersA0–125,0282nd
3 December 2007FulhamH2–0Ronaldo (2) 10′, 53′75,0552nd
8 December 2007Derby CountyH4–1Giggs 41′, Tevez (2) 45′, 61′, Ronaldo 90+2′ (pen.)75,7252nd
16 December 2007LiverpoolA1–0Tevez 43′44,4592nd
23 December 2007EvertonH2–1Ronaldo (2) 22′, 88′ (pen.)75,7492nd
26 December 2007SunderlandA4–0Rooney 20′, Saha (2) 30′, 85′ (pen.), Ronaldo 45′47,3601st
29 December 2007West Ham UnitedA1–2Ronaldo 14′34,9662nd
1 January 2008Birmingham CityH1–0Tevez 25′75,4592nd
12 January 2008Newcastle UnitedH6–0Ronaldo (3) 49′, 70′, 88′, Tevez (2) 55′, 90′, Ferdinand 85′75,9651st
19 January 2008ReadingA2–0Rooney 77′, Ronaldo 90′24,1351st
30 January 2008PortsmouthH2–0Ronaldo (2) 10′, 12′75,4151st
2 February 2008Tottenham HotspurA1–1Tevez 90′36,0752nd
10 February 2008Manchester CityH1–2Carrick 90′75,9702nd
23 February 2008Newcastle UnitedA5–1Rooney (2) 25′, 80′, Ronaldo (2) 45′, 56′, Saha 90′52,2912nd
1 March 2008FulhamA3–0Hargreaves 14′, Park 45′, Davies 72′ (o.g.)25,3142nd
15 March 2008Derby CountyA1–0Ronaldo 76′33,0721st
19 March 2008Bolton WanderersH2–0Ronaldo (2) 9′, 20′75,4761st
23 March 2008LiverpoolH3–0Brown 34′, Ronaldo 79′, Nani 81′76,0001st
29 March 2008Aston VillaH4–0Ronaldo 16′, Tevez 33′, Rooney (2) 53′, 70′75,9321st
6 April 2008MiddlesbroughA2–2Ronaldo 10′, Rooney 74′33,9521st
13 April 2008ArsenalH2–1Ronaldo 53′ (pen.), Hargreaves 72′75,9851st
19 April 2008Blackburn RoversA1–1Tevez 88′30,3161st
26 April 2008ChelseaA1–2Rooney 57′41,8281st
3 May 2008West Ham UnitedH4–1Ronaldo (2) 3′, 24′, Tevez 26′, Carrick 59′76,0131st
11 May 2008Wigan AthleticA2–0Ronaldo 33′ (pen.), Giggs 80′25,1331st
PosClubPldWDLFAGDPts
1Manchester United3827658022+5887
2Chelsea38251036526+3985
3Arsenal38241137431+4383

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
5 January 2008Round 3Aston VillaA2–0Ronaldo 81′, Rooney 89′33,630
27 January 2008Round 4Tottenham HotspurH3–1Tevez 38′, Ronaldo (2) 69′ (pen.), 88′75,369
16 February 2008Round 5ArsenalH4–0Rooney 16′, Fletcher (2) 20′, 74′, Nani 38′75,550
8 March 2008Round 6PortsmouthH0–175,463

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
26 September 2007Round 3Coventry CityH0–274,055

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
19 September 2007Sporting CPA1–0Ronaldo 62′41,5102nd
2 October 2007RomaH1–0Rooney 70′73,6521st
23 October 2007Dynamo KyivA4–2Ferdinand 10′, Rooney 18′, Ronaldo (2) 41′, 68′ (pen.)42,0001st
7 November 2007Dynamo KyivH4–0Piqué 31′, Tevez 37′, Rooney 76′, Ronaldo 88′75,0171st
27 November 2007Sporting CPH2–1Tevez 61′, Ronaldo 90+2′75,1621st
12 December 2007RomaA1–1Piqué 34′29,4901st
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Manchester United6510134+916
Roma6321116+511
Sporting CP621398+17
Dynamo Kyiv6006419−150

Knockout phase

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
20 February 2008First knockout round
First leg
LyonA1–1Tevez 87′39,219
4 March 2008First knockout round
Second leg
LyonH1–0Ronaldo 41′75,520
1 April 2008Quarter-finals
First leg
RomaA2–0Ronaldo 39′, Rooney 66′60,931
9 April 2008Quarter-finals
Second leg
RomaH1–0Tevez 70′74,423
23 April 2008Semi-finals
First leg
BarcelonaA0–095,949
29 April 2008Semi-finals
Second leg
BarcelonaH1–0Scholes 14′75,061
21 May 2008FinalChelseaN1–1
(6–5p)
Ronaldo 25′67,310

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotalDiscipline
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Edwin van der Sar29040001001044030
2DF Gary Neville (c)0000000(1)0000(1)000
3DF Patrice Evra33040001001048060
4MF Owen Hargreaves16(7)22(1)0005(3)00023(11)230
5DF Rio Ferdinand35240001111051350
6DF Wes Brown34(2)1400(1)09(1)01048(4)180
7MF Cristiano Ronaldo31(3)3133001181046(3)4271
8MF Anderson16(8)02(2)0106(3)00025(13)030
9FW Louis Saha6(11)51(1)0003(2)00010(14)500
10FW Wayne Rooney25(2)123(1)20010(1)41039(4)18120
11MF Ryan Giggs (vc)26(5)320004(5)01133(10)410
12GK Ben Foster10000000001000
13MF Park Ji-sung8(4)12000400014(4)100
14DF Gabriel Heinze00000000000000
15DF Nemanja Vidić3213000901045160
16MF Michael Carrick24(7)23(1)00(1)011(1)01039(10)230
17MF Nani16(10)321107(4)00(1)026(15)441
18MF Paul Scholes22(2)11(2)000710030(4)240
19DF Gerard Piqué5(4)0001032009(4)210
20FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær00000000000000
21FW Dong Fangzhuo0000100(1)0001(1)000
22DF John O’Shea10(18)01(1)0104(2)01017(21)010
23DF Jonny Evans0000101(1)0002(1)000
24MF Darren Fletcher5(11)012005(1)00(1)011(13)230
25DF Danny Simpson1(2)00(1)0102(1)0004(4)000
26DF Phil Bardsley00001000001000
27DF Mikaël Silvestre3000001(1)0105(1)000
28MF Darron Gibson00000000000000
29GK Tomasz Kuszczak8(1)00(1)0103(2)00012(4)001
30MF Lee Martin00001000001000
32FW Carlos Tevez31(3)1421006(6)40039(9)1920
33MF Chris Eagles1(3)0001010003(3)000
34MF Rodrigo Possebon00000000000000
38GK Tom Heaton00000000000000
39FW Fraizer Campbell0(1)0000(1)000000(2)000
40DF Adam Eckersley00000000000000
43MF Sam Hewson00000000000000
45FW Febian Brandy00000000000000
46DF Richard Eckersley00000000000000
47FW Danny Welbeck00000000000000