United 12/13

The 2012–13 season was Manchester United’s 21st season in the Premier League, and their 38th consecutive season in the top flight of English football.
United’s season began on 20 August 2012 with the first game of the Premier League campaign. After narrowly missing out on goal difference the previous season, they won an unprecedented 20th English top-flight title on 22 April 2013 with a win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford, in which top scorer Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick, finishing the season with 26 league goals and 30 goals in all competitions.
United competed in the two domestic cups, the FA Cup and the League Cup, where they entered both tournaments in the Third Round courtesy of their league position. Chelsea proved to be United’s nemesis in both competitions, first beating them 5–4 in the Fourth Round of the League Cup on 31 October 2012, followed by a 1–0 win in the FA Cup Sixth Round Replay on 1 April 2013.
In Europe, United were knocked out of the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage after losing 3–2 on aggregate to Real Madrid.
On 8 May 2013, United’s long time manager, Sir Alex Ferguson announced that he would retire from his position as manager of Manchester United after 26 and a half years in charge, making him the longest-serving manager of any English club by this stage. He had won 38 trophies during that time — more than any other manager in the history of football, and at 71 was the oldest serving manager currently in the Premier League or Football League.
The next day, Manchester United announced that David Moyes of Everton would take over from Ferguson at the beginning of the 2013–14 season.
 

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
18 July 2012AmaZuluA1–0Macheda 20′
21 July 2012Ajax Cape TownA1–1Bebé 90+2′
25 July 2012Shanghai ShenhuaN1–0Kagawa 68′42,725
5 August 2012VålerengaA0–0
8 August 2012BarcelonaN0–0
(0–2p)
47,141
11 August 2012Hannover 96A4–3Hernández 31′, Rooney (2) 69′, 82′, Kagawa 85′35,800

Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
20 August 2012EvertonA0–138,41516th
25 August 2012FulhamH3–2Van Persie 10′, Kagawa 35′, Rafael 41′75,3527th
2 September 2012SouthamptonA3–2Van Persie (3) 23′, 87′, 90+2′31,6095th
15 September 2012Wigan AthleticH4–0Scholes 51′, Hernández 63′, Büttner 66′, Powell 82′75,1422nd
23 September 2012LiverpoolA2–1Rafael 51′, Van Persie 81′ (pen.)44,2632nd
29 September 2012Tottenham HotspurH2–3Nani 51′, Kagawa 53′75,5663rd
7 October 2012Newcastle UnitedA3–0Evans 8′, Evra 15′, Cleverley 71′52,2032nd
20 October 2012Stoke CityH4–2Rooney (2) 27′, 65′, Van Persie 44′, Welbeck 46′75,5852nd
28 October 2012ChelseaA3–2Luiz 4′ (o.g.), Van Persie 12′, Hernández 75′41,6442nd
3 November 2012ArsenalH2–1Van Persie 3′, Evra 67′75,4921st
10 November 2012Aston VillaA3–2Hernández (2) 58′, 87′, Vlaar 63′ (o.g.)40,5381st
17 November 2012Norwich CityA0–126,8402nd
24 November 2012Queens Park RangersH3–1Evans 64′, Fletcher 68′, Hernández 72′75,6031st
28 November 2012West Ham UnitedH1–0Van Persie 1′75,5721st
1 December 2012ReadingA4–3Anderson 13′, Rooney (2) 16′ (pen.), 30′, Van Persie 34′24,0951st
9 December 2012Manchester CityA3–2Rooney (2) 16′, 29′, Van Persie 90+2′47,1661st
15 December 2012SunderlandH3–1Van Persie 16′, Cleverley 19′, Rooney 59′75,5821st
23 December 2012Swansea CityA1–1Evra 16′20,6501st
26 December 2012Newcastle UnitedH4–3Evans 25′, Evra 58′, Van Persie 71′, Hernández 90′75,5961st
29 December 2012West Bromwich AlbionH2–0McAuley 9′ (o.g.), Van Persie 90′75,5951st
1 January 2013Wigan AthleticA4–0Hernández (2) 35′, 63′, Van Persie (2) 43′, 88′20,3421st
13 January 2013LiverpoolH2–1Van Persie 19′, Vidić 54′75,5011st
20 January 2013Tottenham HotspurA1–1Van Persie 25′35,9561st
30 January 2013SouthamptonH2–1Rooney (2) 8′, 27′75,6001st
2 February 2013FulhamA1–0Rooney 79′25,6701st
10 February 2013EvertonH2–0Giggs 13′, Van Persie 45+1′75,5251st
23 February 2013Queens Park RangersA2–0Rafael 23′, Giggs 80′18,3371st
2 March 2013Norwich CityH4–0Kagawa (3) 45+1′, 76′, 87′, Rooney 90′75,5861st
16 March 2013ReadingH1–0Rooney 21′75,6051st
30 March 2013SunderlandA1–0Bramble 27′ (o.g.)43,7601st
8 April 2013Manchester CityH1–2Kompany 59′ (o.g.)75,4981st
14 April 2013Stoke CityA2–0Carrick 4′, Van Persie 66′ (pen.)27,1911st
17 April 2013West Ham UnitedA2–2Valencia 31′, Van Persie 77′34,6921st
22 April 2013Aston VillaH3–0Van Persie (3) 2′, 13′, 33′75,5911st
28 April 2013ArsenalA1–1Van Persie 44′ (pen.)60,1121st
5 May 2013ChelseaH0–175,5001st
12 May 2013SwanseaH2–1Hernández 39′, Ferdinand 87′75,5721st
19 May 2013West Bromwich AlbionA5–5Kagawa 6′, Olsson 9′ (o.g.), Büttner 30′, Van Persie 53′, Hernández 63′26,4381st
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester United3828558643+4389
2Manchester City3823966634+3278
3Chelsea3822977539+3675

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
5 January 2013Round 3West Ham UnitedA2–2Cleverley 23′, Van Persie 90+1′32,922
16 January 2013Round 3
Replay
West Ham UnitedH1–0Rooney 9′71,081
26 January 2013Round 4FulhamH4–1Giggs 3′ (pen.), Rooney 50′, Hernández (2) 52′, 66′72,596
18 February 2013Round 5ReadingH2–1Nani 69′, Hernández 72′75,213
10 March 2013Round 6ChelseaH2–2Hernández 5′, Rooney 11′75,196
1 April 2013Round 6
Replay
ChelseaA0–140,704

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
26 September 2012Round 3Newcastle UnitedH2–1Anderson 44′, Cleverley 58′46,358
31 October 2012Round 4ChelseaA4–5 (a.e.t.)Giggs (2) 22′, 120′ (pen.), Hernández 43′, Nani 59′41,126

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceGroup
position
19 September 2012GalatasarayH1–0Carrick 7′74,6532nd
2 October 2012CFR ClujA2–1Van Persie (2) 29′, 49′16,2591st
23 October 2012BragaH3–2Hernández (2) 25′, 75′, Evans 62′73,1951st
7 November 2012BragaA3–1Van Persie 80′, Rooney 85′ (pen.), Hernández 90+2′15,3881st
20 November 2012GalatasarayA0–150,2781st
5 December 2012CFR ClujH0–171,5211st
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Manchester United640296+312
Galatasaray631276+110
CFR Cluj631297+210
Braga6105611−63

Knockout phase

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
13 February 2013Round of 16
First leg
Real MadridA1–1Welbeck 20′85,454
5 March 2013Round of 16
Second leg
Real MadridH1–2Ramos 48′ (o.g.)74,959

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotalDiscipline
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK David de Gea28050107041000
2DF Rafael27(1)340106(1)038(2)381
3DF Patrice Evra34430005042450
4DF Phil Jones13(4)040003020(4)040
5DF Rio Ferdinand26(2)120003(1)031(3)130
6DF Jonny Evans21(2)320005128(2)420
7MF Antonio Valencia24(6)13(3)0002(2)029(11)170
8MF Anderson9(8)130213(1)017(9)210
9FW Dimitar Berbatov000000000000
10FW Wayne Rooney22(5)1233105(1)131(6)1670
11MF Ryan Giggs12(10)22(2)1123(2)018(14)510
12DF Chris Smalling10(5)050002017(5)020
13GK Anders Lindegaard10010101013000
14FW Javier Hernández9(13)1064215(1)322(14)1810
15DF Nemanja Vidić18(1)120002022(1)140
16MF Michael Carrick34(2)13(2)0005142(4)240
17MF Nani7(4)14(1)1113(1)015(6)311
18MF Ashley Young17(2)01(1)0000(2)018(5)010
19FW Danny Welbeck13(14)13(1)0205(2)123(17)210
20FW Robin van Persie35(3)260(4)1005(1)340(8)3070
21FW Ángelo Henríquez000000000000
22MF Paul Scholes8(8)11(2)0001(1)010(11)1100
23MF Tom Cleverley18(4)241115028(4)420
24MF Darren Fletcher2(1)100203(2)07(3)100
25MF Nick Powell0(2)1000(2)0202(4)100
26MF Shinji Kagawa17(3)62(1)0003022(4)610
27FW Federico Macheda00000(1)00(2)00(3)000
28DF Alexander Büttner4(1)230203012(1)210
31DF Scott Wootton0000201(1)03(1)010
33FW Bebé000000000000
34MF Larnell Cole000000000000
35MF Jesse Lingard000000000000
36DF Marnick Vermijl000010001000
37MF Robbie Brady00000(1)0000(1)000
38DF Michael Keane000020002010
39DF Tom Thorpe000000000000
40GK Ben Amos000000000000
41FW Joshua King0000000(1)00(1)000
42DF Tyler Blackett000000000000
44MF Adnan Januzaj000000000000
45MF Davide Petrucci000000000000
46MF Ryan Tunnicliffe00000(2)0000(2)000
48FW Will Keane000000000000
49DF Freddie Veseli000000000000
50GK Sam Johnstone000000000000
DF Fábio000000000000
FW Wilfried Zaha000000000000
Own goals60017