United 08/09

The 2008–09 season was Manchester United’s 17th season in the Premier League, and their 34th consecutive season in the top division of English football. After winning a third consecutive Premier League title for the second time to equal Liverpool’s record of 18 league titles, the team aimed to become the first team to retain the European Cup since Milan in 1990. However, they were beaten 2–0 by Barcelona in the final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 27 May 2009.
United started their season in August 2008 by winning the Community Shield. In December 2008, the club became the first English side to win the FIFA Club World Cup when they beat LDU Quito1–0 in the final. Two months later, on 1 March 2009, the club added the 2008–09 League Cup to their trophy cabinet with a 4–1 penalty shootout win over Tottenham Hotspur after a goalless 120 minutes in the final.
United secured a third consecutive Premier League with a goalless draw at home to Arsenal on 16 May 2009. This made them the first team ever to win three consecutive English top flight titles on two separate occasions, having previously done so between 1999 and 2001.
 

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
12 July 2008AberdeenA2–0Carrick 45′ (pen.), Rooney 70′22,192
19 July 2008Kaizer ChiefsN1–1Eagles 60′
22 July 2008Orlando PiratesN1–0Martin 23′50,000
26 July 2008Kaizer ChiefsN4–0Giggs 40′, Rooney 57′, Cleverley 62′, Campbell 86′
27 July 2008PortsmouthN2–1Eagles 50′, Tevez 65′
2 August 2008EspanyolH1–0Campbell 82′68,868
4 August 2008Peterborough UnitedA2–0R. Martin 38′ (o.g.), Gibson 68′13,042
6 August 2008JuventusH0–069,872

FA Community Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
10 August 2008PortsmouthN0–0
(3–1p)
84,808

UEFA Super Cup

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
29 August 2008Zenit Saint PetersburgN1–2Vidić 73′18,064

Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
17 August 2008Newcastle UnitedH1–1Fletcher 24′75,51210th
25 August 2008PortsmouthA1–0Fletcher 32′20,5405th
13 September 2008LiverpoolA1–2Tevez 3′44,1929th
21 September 2008ChelseaA1–1Park 18′41,76015th
27 September 2008Bolton WanderersH2–0Ronaldo 60′ (pen.), Rooney 77′75,4848th
4 October 2008Blackburn RoversA2–0Brown 31′, Rooney 64′27,3216th
18 October 2008West Bromwich AlbionH4–0Rooney 56′, Ronaldo 69′, Berbatov 72′, Nani 90′75,4514th
25 October 2008EvertonA1–1Fletcher 22′36,0695th
29 October 2008West Ham UnitedH2–0Ronaldo (2) 14′, 30′75,3976th
1 November 2008Hull CityH4–3Ronaldo (2) 3′, 44′, Carrick 29′, Vidić 57′75,3983rd
8 November 2008ArsenalA1–2Rafael 90′60,1064th
15 November 2008Stoke CityH5–0Ronaldo (2) 3′, 89′, Carrick 45+1′, Berbatov 49′, Welbeck 84′75,3693rd
22 November 2008Aston VillaA0–042,5853rd
30 November 2008Manchester CityA1–0Rooney 42′47,3203rd
6 December 2008SunderlandH1–0Vidić 90+1′75,4003rd
13 December 2008Tottenham HotspurA0–035,8823rd
26 December 2008Stoke CityA1–0Tevez 83′27,5003rd
29 December 2008MiddlesbroughH1–0Berbatov 69′75,2943rd
11 January 2009ChelseaH3–0Vidić 45′, Rooney 63′, Berbatov 86′75,4553rd
14 January 2009Wigan AthleticH1–0Rooney 1′73,9172nd
17 January 2009Bolton WanderersA1–0Berbatov 90′26,0211st
27 January 2009West Bromwich AlbionA5–0Berbatov 22′, Tevez 44′, Vidić 60′, Ronaldo (2) 65′, 73′26,1051st
31 January 2009EvertonH1–0Ronaldo 44′ (pen.)75,3991st
8 February 2009West Ham UnitedA1–0Giggs 62′34,9581st
18 February 2009FulhamH3–0Scholes 12′, Berbatov 29′, Rooney 62′75,4371st
21 February 2009Blackburn RoversH2–1Rooney 23′, Ronaldo 60′75,0001st
4 March 2009Newcastle UnitedA2–1Rooney 20′, Berbatov 56′51,6361st
14 March 2009LiverpoolH1–4Ronaldo 23′ (pen.)75,5691st
21 March 2009FulhamA0–225,6521st
5 April 2009Aston VillaH3–2Ronaldo (2) 13′, 81′, Macheda 90+3′75,4091st
11 April 2009SunderlandA2–1Scholes 19′, Macheda 75′45,4081st
22 April 2009PortsmouthH2–0Rooney 9′, Carrick 82′74,8951st
25 April 2009Tottenham HotspurH5–2Ronaldo (2) 56′ (pen.), 68′, Rooney (2) 67′, 71′, Berbatov 79′75,4581st
2 May 2009MiddlesbroughA2–0Giggs 25′, Park 51′33,7671st
10 May 2009Manchester CityH2–0Ronaldo 17′, Tevez 45′75,4641st
13 May 2009Wigan AthleticA2–1Tevez 61′, Carrick 86′21,2861st
16 May 2009ArsenalH0–075,4681st
24 May 2009Hull CityA1–0Gibson 24′24,9451st
PosClubPldWDLFAGDPts
1Manchester United3828646824+4490
2Liverpool38251127727+5086
3Chelsea3825856824+4483

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 2009Round 3SouthamptonA3–0Welbeck 20′, Nani 47′ (pen.), Gibson 81′31,901
24 January 2009Round 4Tottenham HotspurH2–1Scholes 35′, Berbatov 36′75,014
15 February 2009Round 5Derby CountyA4–1Nani 29′, Gibson 43′, Ronaldo 48′, Welbeck 81′32,103
7 March 2009Round 6FulhamA4–0Tevez (2) 20′, 35′, Rooney 50′, Park 81′24,662
19 April 2009Semi-finalEvertonN0–0 (a.e.t.)
(2–4p)
88,141

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
23 September 2008Round 3MiddlesbroughH3–1Ronaldo 25′, Giggs 79′, Nani 90+5′53,729
11 November 2008Round 4Queens Park RangersH1–0Tevez 76′ (pen.)62,539
3 December 2008Round 5Blackburn RoversH5–3Tevez (4) 35′, 50′ (pen.), 54′, 90+4′, Nani 40′53,997
7 January 2009Semi-final
First leg
Derby CountyA0–130,194
20 January 2009Semi-final
Second leg
Derby CountyH4–2Nani 16′, O’Shea 22′, Tevez 34′, Ronaldo 87′ (pen.)73,374
1 March 2009FinalTottenham HotspurN0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–1p)
88,217

Champions League

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
17 September 2008VillarrealH0–074,9441st
30 September 2008Aalborg BKA3–0Rooney 22′, Berbatov (2) 55′, 79′10,3461st
21 October 2008CelticH3–0Berbatov (2) 30′, 51′, Rooney 76′74,6551st
5 November 2008CelticA1–1Giggs 84′58,9031st
25 November 2008VillarrealA0–022,5291st
10 December 2008Aalborg BKH2–2Tevez 3′, Rooney 52′74,3821st
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Manchester United624093+610
Villarreal623197+29
Aalborg BK6132914−56
Celtic612347−35

Knockout phase

 

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
24 February 2009Round of 16
First leg
InternazionaleA0–080,018
11 March 2009Round of 16
Second leg
InternazionaleH2–0Vidić 4′, Ronaldo 49′74,769
7 April 2009Quarter-final
First leg
PortoH2–2Rooney 15′, Tevez 85′74,517
15 April 2009Quarter-final
Second leg
PortoA1–0Ronaldo 6′50,010
29 April 2009Semi-final
First leg
ArsenalH1–0O’Shea 17′74,733
5 May 2009Semi-final
Second leg
ArsenalA3–1Park 8′, Ronaldo (2) 11′, 61′59,867
27 May 2009FinalBarcelonaN0–262,467

Club World Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
18 December 2008Semi-finalGamba OsakaN5–3Vidić 28′, Ronaldo 45+1′, Rooney (2) 75′, 79′, Fletcher 78′67,618
21 December 2008FinalLDU QuitoN1–0Rooney 73′68,682

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotalDiscipline
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Edwin van der Sar33020001004049010
2DF Gary Neville (c)13(3)020303(1)03(1)024(5)030
3DF Patrice Evra2802(1)01(1)010(1)04045(3)070
4MF Owen Hargreaves1(1)0000010002(1)000
5DF Rio Ferdinand24030101104043030
6DF Wes Brown6(2)100100(2)00(2)07(6)130
7MF Cristiano Ronaldo31(2)18212(2)211(1)42148(5)2691
8MF Anderson11(6)0305(1)07(2)03029(9)010
9FW Louis Saha00000000000000
9FW Dimitar Berbatov29(2)92(1)1005(4)40036(7)1420
10FW Wayne Rooney25(5)121(1)10(1)011(2)42(1)339(10)2091
11MF Ryan Giggs (vc)15(13)2203(1)16(5)12028(19)400
12GK Ben Foster20303010009000
13MF Park Ji-sung21(4)231105(4)11(1)031(9)450
14MF Zoran Tošić0(2)00(1)00000000(3)000
15DF Nemanja Vidić33(1)4402(2)0914252(3)792
16MF Michael Carrick24(4)4300(1)0901(1)037(6)430
17MF Nani7(6)122636(1)03024(7)620
18MF Paul Scholes14(7)21(1)12(1)03(3)03023(12)362
19FW Danny Welbeck1(2)13(2)24(1)000008(5)300
20DF Fábio00200000002000
21DF Rafael12(4)120502(2)01022(6)150
22DF John O’Shea20(10)03(1)0611211(1)042(12)230
23DF Jonny Evans16(1)02(1)0506(1)00(2)029(5)040
24MF Darren Fletcher25(1)32(1)00(1)0802(2)137(5)461
25DF Danny Simpson00000000000000
26FW Manucho0(1)0000(2)000000(3)000
27DF Mikaël Silvestre00000000000000
28MF Darron Gibson1(2)12(1)25(1)01(1)0009(5)310
29GK Tomasz Kuszczak3(1)0002020007(1)000
30MF Lee Martin10000000001000
31FW Fraizer Campbell100000000(1)01(1)010
32FW Carlos Tevez18(11)5325(1)64(5)24034(17)1570
33MF Sam Hewson00000000000000
34MF Rodrigo Possebon0(3)00(2)03000003(5)000
35MF Tom Cleverley00000000000000
36DF David Gray00000000000000
37DF Craig Cathcart00000000000000
38GK Ron-Robert Zieler00000000000000
39DF James Chester00000(1)000000(1)000
40GK Ben Amos00001000001000
41FW Federico Macheda2(2)2100000003(2)220
42DF Richard Eckersley0(2)00(2)00000000(4)000
43MF Davide Petrucci00000000000000
44DF Ritchie De Laet10000000001000
45MF Corry Evans00000000000000
46MF Danny Drinkwater00000000000000
47MF Matty James00000000000000