United 11/12

The 2011–12 season was Manchester United’s 20th season in the Premier League, and their 37th consecutive season in the top-flight of English football. United were defending Premier League champions, and aimed for an unprecedented 20th league title this season. Furthermore, they were competing in the Champions League for a 16th successive season. In addition, they were competing in the domestic tournaments, the FA Cup and the League Cup.
Manchester United began the season with a 3–2 win over local rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on 7 August 2011.
They were, however, knocked out of the League Cup at the Fifth Round stage for the second successive season after losing 2–1 to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on 30 November 2011.
On 7 December 2011, United lost 2–1 away to Basel, a result which saw them finish third in their Champions League group. This meant that they competed in the UEFA Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup) for the first time since the 1995–96 season. However, they only made it as far as the Round of 16, falling to Athletic Bilbao 5–3 on aggregate.
On 4 January 2012 against Newcastle United, Ryan Giggs broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for the most starts, the match being Giggs’ 757th start.
On 28 January 2012, United were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Fourth Round after losing 2–1 against Liverpool at Anfield.
Going into the last match of the season, on 13 May 2012, United and Manchester City were locked together on 86 points at the top the table, but City led with an eight-goal advantage in goal difference. United therefore needed to better City’s result to win the title. They were on course to do this, winning 1–0 at Sunderland, whilst City trailed 2–1 at home to Queens Park Rangers. However, two stoppage time goals from Edin Džeko and Sergio Agüero gave City a 3–2 win and edged United out on goal difference. It was the first time in 23 years that the champions and the runners-up had finished level on points.

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
13 July 2011New England RevolutionA4–1Owen 51′, Macheda (2) 54′, 60′, Park 80′51,523
20 July 2011Seattle SoundersA7–0Owen 15′, Diouf 49′, Rooney (3) 51′, 69′, 72′, Park 71′, Obertan 88′67,052
23 July 2011Chicago FireN3–1Rooney 66′, Rafael 76′, Nani 82′61,308
27 July 2011MLS All-StarsN4–0Anderson 20′, Park 45′, Berbatov 52′, Welbeck 68′26,760
30 July 2011BarcelonaN2–1Nani 22′, Owen 76′81,807
5 August 2011New York CosmosH6–0Scholes 9′, Rooney 28′ (pen.), Anderson 50′, Welbeck 59′, Diouf (2) 69′, 74′74,731
15 May 2012Irish League XIN4–1Evra 20′, Young (2) 58′, 87′, Rooney 64′ (pen.)14,098

FA Community Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
7 August 2011Manchester CityN3–2Smalling 52′, Nani (2) 58′, 90+4′77,169

Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
14 August 2011West Bromwich AlbionA2–1Rooney 13′, Reid 81′ (o.g.)25,3603rd
22 August 2011Tottenham HotspurH3–0Welbeck 61′, Anderson 76′, Rooney 87′75,4982nd
28 August 2011ArsenalH8–2Welbeck 22′, Young (2) 28′, 90+1′, Rooney (3) 41′, 64′, 82′ (pen.), Nani 67′, Park 70′75,4481st
10 September 2011Bolton WanderersA5–0Hernández (2) 5′, 58′, Rooney (3) 20′, 25′, 68′25,9441st
18 September 2011ChelseaH3–1Smalling 8′, Nani 37′, Rooney 45′75,4551st
24 September 2011Stoke CityA1–1Nani 27′27,5821st
1 October 2011Norwich CityH2–0Anderson 68′, Welbeck 87′75,5141st
15 October 2011LiverpoolA1–1Hernández 81′45,0652nd
23 October 2011Manchester CityH1–6Fletcher 81′75,4872nd
29 October 2011EvertonA1–0Hernández 19′35,4942nd
5 November 2011SunderlandH1–0Brown 45+1′ (o.g.)75,5702nd
19 November 2011Swansea CityA1–0Hernández 11′20,2952nd
26 November 2011Newcastle UnitedH1–1Hernández 49′75,5942nd
3 December 2011Aston VillaA1–0Jones 20′40,0532nd
10 December 2011Wolverhampton WanderersH4–1Nani (2) 17′, 56′, Rooney (2) 27′, 62′75,6272nd
18 December 2011Queens Park RangersA2–0Rooney 1′, Carrick 56′18,0332nd
21 December 2011FulhamA5–0Welbeck 5′, Nani 28′, Giggs 43′, Rooney 88′, Berbatov 90′25,7002nd
26 December 2011Wigan AthleticH5–0Park 8′, Berbatov (3) 41′, 58′, 78′ (pen.), Valencia 75′75,1832nd
31 December 2011Blackburn RoversH2–3Berbatov (2) 52′, 62′75,1462nd
4 January 2012Newcastle UnitedA0–352,2992nd
14 January 2012Bolton WanderersH3–0Scholes 45+1′, Welbeck 74′, Carrick 83′75,4442nd
22 January 2012ArsenalA2–1Valencia 45+1′, Welbeck 81′60,0932nd
31 January 2012Stoke CityH2–0Hernández 38′ (pen.), Berbatov 53′ (pen.)74,7192nd
5 February 2012ChelseaA3–3Rooney (2) 58′ (pen.), 69′ (pen.), Hernández 84′41,6682nd
11 February 2012LiverpoolH2–1Rooney (2) 47′, 50′74,8441st
26 February 2012Norwich CityA2–1Scholes 7′, Giggs 90+2′26,8112nd
4 March 2012Tottenham HotspurA3–1Rooney 45′, Young (2) 60′, 69′36,0342nd
11 March 2012West Bromwich AlbionH2–0Rooney (2) 35′, 71′ (pen.)75,5981st
18 March 2012Wolverhampton WanderersA5–0Evans 21′, Valencia 43′, Welbeck 45+1′, Hernández (2) 56′, 61′27,4941st
26 March 2012FulhamH1–0Rooney 42′75,5701st
2 April 2012Blackburn RoversA2–0Valencia 81′, Young 86′26,5321st
8 April 2012Queens Park RangersH2–0Rooney 15′ (pen.), Scholes 68′75,5051st
11 April 2012Wigan AthleticA0–118,1151st
15 April 2012Aston VillaH4–0Rooney (2) 7′ (pen.), 73′, Welbeck 43′, Nani 90+3′75,1381st
22 April 2012EvertonH4–4Rooney (2) 41′, 69′, Welbeck 57′, Nani 60′75,5221st
30 April 2012Manchester CityA0–147,2592nd
6 May 2012Swansea CityH2–0Scholes 28′, Young 41′75,4962nd
13 May 2012SunderlandA1–0Rooney 20′46,4522nd
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester City3828559329+6489
2Manchester United3828558933+5689
3Arsenal38217107449+2570

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
8 January 2012Round 3Manchester CityA3–2Rooney (2) 10′, 40′, Welbeck 30′46,808
28 January 2012Round 4LiverpoolA1–2Park 39′43,952

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
20 September 2011Round 3Leeds UnitedA3–0Owen (2) 15′, 32′, Giggs 45+1′31,031
25 October 2011Round 4Aldershot TownA3–0Berbatov 15′, Owen 41′, Valencia 48′7,044
30 November 2011Round 5Crystal PalaceH1–2 (a.e.t.)Macheda 69′ (pen.)52,624

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
14 September 2011BenficaA1–1Giggs 42′63,8222nd
27 September 2011BaselH3–3Welbeck (2) 16′, 17′, Young 90′73,1153rd
18 October 2011Oțelul GalațiA2–0Rooney (2) 64′ (pen.), 90+2′ (pen.)28,0472nd
2 November 2011Oțelul GalațiH2–0Valencia 8′, Sârghi 87′ (o.g.)74,8471st
22 November 2011BenficaH2–2Berbatov 30′, Fletcher 59′74,8732nd
7 December 2011BaselA1–2Jones 89′36,8943rd
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Benfica633084+412
Basel63211110+111
Manchester United6231118+39
Oțelul Galați6006311−80

UEFA Europa League

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
16 February 2012Round of 32
First leg
AjaxA2–0Young 59′, Hernández 85′48,866
23 February 2012Round of 32
Second leg
AjaxH1–2Hernández 6′67,328
8 March 2012Round of 16
First leg
Athletic BilbaoH2–3Rooney (2) 22′, 90+2′ (pen.)59,265
15 March 2012Round of 16
Second leg
Athletic BilbaoA1–2Rooney 80′40,000

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotalDiscipline
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK David de Gea2901000801039000
3DF Patrice Evra3702000701047090
4DF Phil Jones25(4)110107(2)10(1)034(7)260
5DF Rio Ferdinand29(1)01000601037(1)050
6DF Jonny Evans28(1)110105(3)00(1)035(5)181
7FW Michael Owen0(1)0002310003(1)300
8MF Anderson8(2)20(1)0003(1)01012(4)220
9FW Dimitar Berbatov5(7)70(1)0313(1)10(1)011(10)900
10FW Wayne Rooney32(2)271200751041(2)3430
11MF Ryan Giggs14(11)22011510022(11)430
12DF Chris Smalling14(5)120105(2)01123(7)210
13MF Park Ji-sung10(7)211305(2)00019(9)300
14FW Javier Hernández18(10)100(1)0004(3)20022(14)1200
15DF Nemanja Vidić600010201010011
16MF Michael Carrick27(3)220106(1)01037(4)270
17MF Nani24(5)810006(3)01232(8)1030
18MF Ashley Young19(6)60000721027(6)840
19FW Danny Welbeck23(7)9210(1)01(4)21027(12)1220
20DF Fábio2(3)00030700012(3)040
21DF Rafael10(2)01010300(1)015(3)050
22MF Paul Scholes14(3)41(1)0000(2)00015(6)430
23MF Tom Cleverley5(5)00010300(1)09(6)000
24MF Darren Fletcher7(1)1000021009(1)220
25MF Antonio Valencia22(5)420315(1)10032(6)630
26MF Gabriel Obertan00000000000000
27FW Federico Macheda0(3)000210(1)0002(4)100
28MF Darron Gibson10001000002010
29GK Tomasz Kuszczak00000000000000
30DF Ritchie De Laet00000000000000
32FW Mame Biram Diouf00003000003010
33FW Bebé00000000000000
34GK Anders Lindegaard801000200011000
35DF Reece Brown00000000000000
36DF Marnick Vermijl00000000000000
37MF Robbie Brady00000000000000
38DF Michael Keane00000(1)000000(1)000
39DF Tom Thorpe00000000000000
40GK Ben Amos10003000004000
41FW Joshua King00000000000000
42MF Paul Pogba0(3)0000(3)00(1)0000(7)010
43MF Matty James00000000000000
44DF Sean McGinty00000000000000
45MF Davide Petrucci00000000000000
46MF Ryan Tunnicliffe00000000000000
47MF Oliver Norwood00000000000000
48FW Will Keane0(1)0000000000(1)000
49MF Ravel Morrison00000(2)000000(2)000
50GK Sam Johnstone00000000000000
51DF Zeki Fryers0(2)0002(1)00(1)0002(4)000
52MF Larnell Cole00000(1)000000(1)000
53MF Jesse Lingard00000000000000
Own goals200103