United 13/14

The 2013–14 season was Manchester United’s 22nd season in the Premier League, and their 39th consecutive season in the top-flight of English football.
David Moyes began the season as United’s new manager after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired after 27 years in charge. He had actually been announced as the club’s new manager before the end of the previous season, but did not officially take over until 1 July 2013.
Despite winning the Community Shield, United were soon struggling in the league and endured some of their worst results since the end of the 1980s. In January, United were knocked out of their two domestic cup competitions, eliminated from the FA Cup at the first hurdle with a loss to Swansea City, as well as from the semi-finals of the League Cup after being beaten on penalties by Sunderland.
United fared better in Europe, topping their group in the group stage. They suffered a scare when they lost to Olympiacos in the first leg of the round of 16, but overcame the deficit in the second leg. United were ultimately eliminated during the quarter-finals in April, with Bayern Munich beating them 4–2 on aggregate.
On 22 April 2014, with four games remaining, Moyes was sacked as manager, less than a year into his six-year contract. His last game, two days earlier, had ended in 2–0 defeat at his old club Everton. 40-year-old player-coach Ryan Giggs was placed in charge for United’s remaining games, from which they collected seven points. A seventh place in the league was United’s lowest finish since 1990 and meant that they had missed out on European qualification for the first time since 1989–90 (when English clubs were still banned from European competitions due to the Heysel disaster of 1985). The last time outside the Heysel ban era that United had missed out on a place in Europe was in 1980–81.
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal was confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager on a three-year contract on 19 May 2014, with Giggs appointed as his assistant. On the same day, Giggs announced his retirement as a player after a career spanning nearly 25 years, during which he had played almost 1,000 competitive games for the club and won 34 trophies.
It was a period of change for United’s staff. In May 2013, manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement after 26 years of service, having just won his 13th Premier League title that season and United’s 20th overall. Earlier in February 2013, it was made known that chief executive David Gill would be stepping down after 16 years of service, with 10 years as chief executive. Each announcement was accompanied with the naming of their successors, who would take over on 1 July 2013. David Moyes, aged 50, manager of Everton and a Scotsman like Ferguson, was appointed as the new United manager. Ed Woodward assumed the top executive role at United, although he retained the title of executive vice chairman.
Moyes looked to appoint his own coaching staff as he started his reign. In May 2013, assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele left the club. First-team coach René Meulensteen followed a month later. All three had served in their respective positions since 2008, while Phelan and Meulensteen had worked in other roles at United since 2001. In their place, Moyes brought in staff from Everton to join him in July, appointing Steve Round as assistant manager, Chris Woodsas goalkeeping coach and Jimmy Lumsden as coach. In July, veteran United winger Ryan Giggs became a player-coach, while former United and Everton player Phil Neville was also added to the coaching staff.

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
13 July 2013Thai All-Star XIN0–160,000
20 July 2013A-League All StarsN5–1Lingard (2) 11′, 55′, Welbeck (2) 34′, 70′, Van Persie 87′83,127
23 July 2013Yokohama F. MarinosA2–3Lingard 19′, Tashiro 30′ (o.g.)66,372
26 July 2013Cerezo OsakaA2–2Kagawa 54′, Zaha 90+1′44,856
29 July 2013KitcheeN5–2Welbeck 16′, Smalling 22′, Fábio 26′, Januzaj 50′, Lingard 80′40,000
6 August 2013AIKA1–1Henríquez 68′30,012
9 August 2013SevillaH1–3Valencia 64′43,000

FA Community Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
11 August 2013Wigan AthleticN2–0Van Persie (2) 6′, 59′80,235

Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
17 August 2013Swansea CityA4–1Van Persie (2) 34′, 72′, Welbeck (2) 36′, 90+2′20,7331st
26 August 2013ChelseaH0–075,0324th
1 September 2013LiverpoolA0–144,4117th
14 September 2013Crystal PalaceH2–0Van Persie 45+1′ (pen.), Rooney 81′75,1705th
22 September 2013Manchester CityA1–4Rooney 87′47,1568th
28 September 2013West Bromwich AlbionH1–2Rooney 57′75,04212th
5 October 2013SunderlandA2–1Januzaj (2) 55′, 61′45,4269th
19 October 2013SouthamptonH1–1Van Persie 26′75,2208th
26 October 2013Stoke CityH3–2Van Persie 43′, Rooney 78′, Hernández 80′75,2748th
2 November 2013FulhamA3–1Valencia 9′, Van Persie 20′, Rooney 22′25,7008th
10 November 2013ArsenalH1–0Van Persie 27′75,1385th
24 November 2013Cardiff CityA2–2Rooney 15′, Evra 45′28,0166th
1 December 2013Tottenham HotspurA2–2Rooney (2) 32′, 57′ (pen.)35,8848th
4 December 2013EvertonH0–175,2109th
7 December 2013Newcastle UnitedH0–175,2339th
15 December 2013Aston VillaA3–0Welbeck (2) 15′, 18′, Cleverley 52′42,6828th
21 December 2013West Ham UnitedH3–1Welbeck 26′, Januzaj 36′, Young 72′75,3507th
26 December 2013Hull CityA3–2Smalling 19′, Rooney 26′, Chester 66′ (o.g.)24,8267th
28 December 2013Norwich CityA1–0Welbeck 57′26,8516th
1 January 2014Tottenham HotspurH1–2Welbeck 67′75,2657th
11 January 2014Swansea CityH2–0Valencia 47′, Welbeck 59′75,0357th
19 January 2014ChelseaA1–3Hernández 78′41,4657th
28 January 2014Cardiff CityH2–0Van Persie 6′, Young 59′75,3017th
1 February 2014Stoke CityA1–2Van Persie 47′26,5477th
9 February 2014FulhamH2–2Van Persie 78′, Carrick 80′74,9667th
12 February 2014ArsenalA0–060,0217th
22 February 2014Crystal PalaceA2–0Van Persie 62′ (pen.), Rooney 68′24,5717th
8 March 2014West Bromwich AlbionA3–0Jones 34′, Rooney 65′, Welbeck 82′26,1846th
16 March 2014LiverpoolH0–375,2257th
22 March 2014West Ham UnitedA2–0Rooney (2) 8′, 33′34,2377th
25 March 2014Manchester CityH0–375,2037th
29 March 2014Aston VillaH4–1Rooney (2) 20′, 45′ (pen.), Mata 57′, Hernández 90+1′75,3687th
5 April 2014Newcastle UnitedA4–0Mata (2) 39′, 50′, Hernández 64′, Januzaj 90+3′52,0816th
20 April 2014EvertonA0–239,4367th
26 April 2014Norwich CityH4–0Rooney (2) 41′ (pen.), 48′ Mata (2) 63′, 73′75,2087th
3 May 2014SunderlandH0–175,3477th
6 May 2014Hull CityH3–1Wilson (2) 31′, 61′ Van Persie 86′75,3417th
11 May 2014SouthamptonA1–1Mata 54′31,3727th


PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
5Everton3821986139+22722014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage
6Tottenham Hotspur38216115551+4692014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round
7Manchester United38197126443+2164
9Stoke City381311144552−750

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
5 January 2014Round 3Swansea CityH1–2Hernández 16′73,910

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
25 September 2013Round 3LiverpoolH1–0Hernández 46′65,701
29 October 2013Round 4Norwich CityH4–0Hernández (2) 20′ (pen.), 54′, Jones 88′, Fábio 90+5′58,663
18 December 2013Round 5Stoke CityA2–0Young 62′, Evra 78′25,928
7 January 2014Semi-final
First leg
SunderlandA1–2Vidić 51′31,547
22 January 2014Semi-final
Second leg
SunderlandH2–1 (a.e.t.)
Evans 37′, Hernández 120+1′71,019

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
17 September 2013Bayer LeverkusenH4–2Rooney (2) 22′, 70′, Van Persie 59′, Valencia 79′74,0001st
2 October 2013Shakhtar DonetskA1–1Welbeck 18′51,5551st
23 October 2013Real SociedadH1–0I. Martínez 2′ (o.g.)74,6541st
5 November 2013Real SociedadA0–030,9981st
27 November 2013Bayer LeverkusenA5–0Valencia 22′, Spahić 30′ (o.g.), Evans 66′, Smalling 77′, Nani 88′29,4121st
10 December 2013Shakhtar DonetskH1–0Jones 67′74,5061st


Manchester United6420123+914
Bayer Leverkusen6312910−110
Shakhtar Donetsk622276+18
Real Sociedad6015110−91

Knockout phase

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
25 February 2014Round of 16
First leg
19 March 2014Round of 16
Second leg
OlympiacosH3–0Van Persie 25′ (pen.), 45+1′, 51′74,662
1 April 2014Quarter Final
First leg
Bayern MunichH1–1Vidić 58′75,199
9 April 2014Quarter Final
Second leg
Bayern MunichA1–3Evra 57′67,300

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotalDiscipline
1GK David de Gea37000401001052010
2DF Rafael18(1)00050401028(1)060
3DF Patrice Evra331002(1)1811044(1)360
4DF Phil Jones261003(1)16(2)11036(3)380
5DF Rio Ferdinand12(2)01010700021(2)020
6DF Jonny Evans1701041310025200
8MF Anderson2(2)0001(1)00(1)00(1)03(5)000
8MF Juan Mata14(1)60000000014(1)600
10FW Wayne Rooney27(2)17001(1)0920037(3)1980
11MF Ryan Giggs6(6)000206(1)01015(7)040
12DF Chris Smalling21(4)1103(1)06(1)10(1)031(7)230
13GK Anders Lindegaard10101000003000
14FW Javier Hernández6(18)4113(2)42(3)00012(23)920
15DF Nemanja Vidić23(2)00021611032(2)262
16MF Michael Carrick26(3)1002(1)0701036(4)160
17MF Nani7(4)0001011009(4)100
18MF Ashley Young13(7)200212(6)00017(13)350
19FW Danny Welbeck15(10)9103(1)04(1)11024(12)1020
20FW Robin van Persie18(3)1200004(2)41223(5)1830
21FW Ángelo Henríquez00000000000000
22DF Fábio100(1)00(1)100001(2)101
23MF Tom Cleverley18(4)110302(2)01025(6)150
24MF Darren Fletcher9(3)0101(2)01(1)00012(6)000
25MF Antonio Valencia20(9)2102(1)09(1)20(1)032(12)471
26MF Shinji Kagawa14(4)010206(2)00(1)023(7)010
27FW Federico Macheda00000000000000
28DF Alexander Büttner5(3)010302(1)00011(4)030
29FW Wilfried Zaha0(2)0001000102(2)000
30DF Guillermo Varela00000000000000
31MF Marouane Fellaini12(4)000004(1)00016(5)031
32MF Nick Powell00000000000000
33FW Bebé00000000000000
34MF Tom Lawrence10000000001000
35MF Jesse Lingard00000000000000
36DF Marnick Vermijl00000000000000
38DF Michael Keane00000000000000
39DF Tom Thorpe00000000000000
40GK Ben Amos00000000000000
42DF Tyler Blackett00000000000000
44MF Adnan Januzaj15(12)40(1)03(1)01(1)00(1)019(16)480
45MF Davide Petrucci00000000000000
47FW James Wilson12000000001200
48FW Will Keane00000000000000
50GK Sam Johnstone00000000000000
Own goals100203