United 1999/2000

The 1999–2000 season was Manchester United’s eighth season in the Premier League, and their 25th consecutive season in the top division of English football. United won the Premier League title for the sixth time in eight seasons (with a record 18-point margin and 97 goals scored) as well as becoming the first British club to win the Intercontiental Cup when they defeated Palmeiras 1-0 in Tokyo. However, they surrendered their European Cup title with a 3–2 defeat by eventual champions Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. The club controversially did not defend their FA Cup crown, upon request by The Football Association, to compete in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil instead.
Mark Bosnich, previously at United as a reserve goalkeeper from 1989 to 1991, returned to the club as Peter Schmeichel’s successor, but failed to live up to expectations and in September, the club swooped for Italian Massimo Taibi to provide competition for him. However, Taibi suffered some high-profile mistakes and returned to his homeland at the end of the season after just five games for the club. United then solved the goalkeeping crisis by paying AS Monaco £7.8 million for Fabien Barthez. Also new to the squad for 1999–2000 were French defender Mikaël Silvestre and South African winger Quinton Fortune. Jesper Blomqvist and Wes Brown missed the entire season due to injury, while similar misfortune restricted defenders David May and Ronny Johnsen to three first-team appearances between them. Jordi Cruyff left the club on a free transfer to Deportivo Alavés at the end of the season, seeing out his four-year contract at a club where he had failed to claim a regular first-team place.

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
15 July 1999AustraliaN2–0Blomqvist 45′, Butt 74′71,215
18 July 1999AustraliaN1–0Yorke 24′78,032
21 July 1999Shanghai ShenhuaA2–0Solskjær 60′, Sheringham 69′80,000
24 July 1999South ChinaA2–0Sheringham 20′, Cole 23′40,000
30 July 1999Bristol RoversA2–2Solskjær 7′, Healy 87′10,534
3 August 1999Omagh TownA9–0Clegg (2), Cole (2), Sheringham (4), Nixon (o.g.)7,000
4 August 1999Wigan AthleticA2–0Scholes, Solskjær15,000
11 October 1999Rest of the World XIH2–4Sheringham 43′, Scholes 87′54,842

FA Charity Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
1 August 1999ArsenalN1–2Yorke 37′70,185

UEFA Super Cup

DateOpponentsH / AResult
27 August 1999LazioN0–114,461

FA Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
8 August 1999EvertonA1–1Yorke 7′39,1419th
11 August 1999Sheffield WednesdayH4–0Scholes 9′, Yorke 35′, Cole 54′, Solskjær 84′54,9413rd
14 August 1999Leeds UnitedH2–0Yorke (2) 77′, 80′55,1871st
22 August 1999ArsenalA2–1Keane (2) 59′, 88′38,1471st
25 August 1999Coventry CityA2–1Scholes 63′, Yorke 75′22,0241st
30 August 1999Newcastle UnitedH5–1Cole (4) 14′, 46′, 65′, 71′, Giggs 81′55,1901st
11 September 1999LiverpoolA3–2Carragher (2) 4′ (o.g.), 45′ (o.g.), Cole 18′44,9291st
18 September 1999WimbledonH1–1Cruyff 74′55,1891st
25 September 1999SouthamptonH3–3Sheringham 34′, Yorke (2) 38′, 64′55,2491st
3 October 1999ChelseaA0–534,9092nd
16 October 1999WatfordH4–1Yorke 40′, Cole (2) 42′, 50′, Irwin 45′ (pen.)55,1882nd
23 October 1999Tottenham HotspurA1–3Giggs 24′36,0723rd
30 October 1999Aston VillaH3–0Scholes 30′, Cole 45′, Keane 65′55,2112nd
6 November 1999Leicester CityH2–0Cole (2) 30′, 83′55,1911st
20 November 1999Derby CountyA2–1Butt 53′, Cole 84′33,3701st
4 December 1999EvertonH5–1Irwin 27′ (pen.), Solskjær (4) 29′, 43′, 52′, 58′55,1931st
18 December 1999West Ham UnitedA4–2Yorke (2) 9′, 63′, Giggs (2) 13′, 20′26,0371st
26 December 1999Bradford CityH4–0Fortune 75′, Yorke 79′, Cole 88′, Keane 89′55,1882nd
28 December 1999SunderlandA2–2Keane 27′, Butt 87′42,0262nd
24 January 2000ArsenalH1–1Sheringham 74′58,2932nd
29 January 2000MiddlesbroughH1–0Beckham 87′61,2671st
2 February 2000Sheffield WednesdayA1–0Sheringham 74′39,6401st
5 February 2000Coventry CityH3–2Cole (2) 40′, 55′, Scholes 77′61,3801st
12 February 2000Newcastle UnitedA0–336,4701st
20 February 2000Leeds UnitedA1–0Cole 52′40,1601st
26 February 2000WimbledonA2–2Cruyff 30′, Cole 80′26,1291st
4 March 2000LiverpoolH1–1Solskjær 45′61,5921st
11 March 2000Derby CountyH3–1Yorke (3) 13′, 70′, 72′61,6191st
18 March 2000Leicester CityA2–0Beckham 33′, Yorke 84′22,1701st
25 March 2000Bradford CityA4–0Yorke (2) 38′, 40′, Scholes 71′, Beckham 79′18,2761st
1 April 2000West Ham UnitedH7–1Scholes (3) 24′, 51′, 63′ (pen.), Irwin 27′, Cole 45′, Beckham 66′, Solskjær 73′61,6111st
10 April 2000MiddlesbroughA4–3Giggs 46′, Cole 60′, Scholes 74′, Fortune 88′34,7751st
15 April 2000SunderlandH4–0Solskjær (2) 3′, 51′, Butt 65′, Berg 70′61,6121st
22 April 2000SouthamptonA3–1Beckham 8′, Benali 15′ (o.g.), Solskjær 30′15,2451st
24 April 2000ChelseaH3–2Yorke (2) 11′, 69′, Solskjær 40′61,5931st
29 April 2000WatfordA3–2Yorke 69′, Giggs 71′, Cruyff 87′20,2501st
6 May 2000Tottenham HotspurH3–1Solskjær 5′, Beckham 34′, Sheringham 36′61,6291st
14 May 2000Aston VillaA1–0Sheringham 65′39,2171st
1Manchester United3828739745+5291
3Leeds United38216115843+1569

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

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
13 October 1999Round 3Aston VillaA0–333,815

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
14 September 1999Croatia ZagrebH0–053,2503rd
22 September 1999Sturm GrazA3–0Keane 16′, Yorke 31′, Cole 33′16,4802nd
29 September 1999MarseilleH2–1Cole 79′, Scholes 83′53,9931st
19 October 1999MarseilleA0–156,7322nd
27 October 1999Croatia ZagrebA2–1Beckham 32′, Keane 49′27,5001st
2 November 1999Sturm GrazH2–1Solskjær 56′, Keane 65′53,7451st
Manchester United641194+513
Sturm Graz6204512−76
Croatia Zagreb61237705

Second group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
23 November 1999FiorentinaA0–236,0023rd
8 December 1999ValenciaH3–0Keane 38′, Solskjær 47′, Scholes 70′54,6062nd
1 March 2000BordeauxH2–0Giggs 41′, Sheringham 84′59,7862nd
7 March 2000BordeauxA2–1Keane 33′, Solskjær 84′30,1301st
15 March 2000FiorentinaH3–1Cole 20′, Keane 33′, Yorke 70′59,9261st
21 March 2000ValenciaA0–040,4191st
Manchester United6411104+613

Knockout phase

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
4 April 2000Quarter-final
First leg
Real MadridA0–064,119
19 April 2000Quarter-final
Second leg
Real MadridH2–3Beckham 64′, Scholes 88′ (pen.)59,178

Intercontinental Cup

DateOpponentsH / AResult
30 November 1999PalmeirasN1–0Keane 35′53,372

FIFA Club World Championship

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
6 January 2000NecaxaN1–1Yorke 88′50,0002nd
8 January 2000Vasco da GamaN1–3Butt 81′73,0003rd
11 January 2000South MelbourneN2–0Fortune (2) 8′, 20′25,0003rd
Vasco da Gama330072+59
Manchester United31114404
South Melbourne300317−60

Squad statistics

No.CWC no.Pos.NameLeagueLeague CupEuropeClub World ChampionshipOtherTotal
11GK Mark Bosnich23010702020350
22DF Gary Neville22000902020350
33DF Denis Irwin253001302020423
4DF David May0(1)00010000(1)01(2)0
5DF Ronny Johnsen2(1)0000000002(1)0
66DF Jaap Stam330001302030510
77MF David Beckham30(1)6001221(1)03046(2)8
88MF Nicky Butt21(11)3004(2)0212029(13)4
99FW Andy Cole23(5)1900133202040(5)22
1010FW Teddy Sheringham15(12)5003(6)10(2)01(2)019(22)6
1111MF Ryan Giggs306001112010447
1212DF Phil Neville25(4)0006(3)02(1)02035(8)0
13DF John Curtis0(1)01000000(1)01(2)0
1414MF Jordi Cruyff1(7)3101(3)01(1)01(1)05(12)3
15MF Jesper Blomqvist000000000000
1616MF Roy Keane (c)28(1)500126202144(1)12
1717GK Raimond van der Gouw11(3)00070101020(3)0
18MF Paul Scholes27(4)900113003041(4)12
1919FW Dwight Yorke29(3)20009(2)2211(1)141(6)24
2020FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær15(13)12104(7)32(1)02(1)024(22)15
2121DF Henning Berg16(6)00011(1)0102030(7)0
23DF Michael Clegg0(2)0101(1)000002(3)0
24DF Wes Brown000000000000
2522MF Quinton Fortune4(2)2001(3)01(1)2006(6)4
26GK Massimo Taibi400000000040
275DF Mikaël Silvestre30(1)0002(2)0201035(3)0
284DF Danny Higginbotham2(1)0100(1)010004(2)0
3023DF Ronnie Wallwork0(5)0100010002(5)0
31GK Nick Culkin0(1)0000000000(1)0
3318MF Mark Wilson1(2)0002(1)010004(3)0
3415MF Jonathan Greening1(3)0101(1)0100(1)04(5)0
37DF John O’Shea001000000010
38FW David Healy000(1)00000000(1)0
39MF Luke Chadwick001000000010
41MF Richard Wellens000(1)00000000(1)0
42MF Michael Twiss001000000010
13GK Paul Rachubka0000000(1)0000(1)0