United 91-92

The 1991–92 season was Manchester United’s 90th season in the Football League, and their 17th consecutive season in the top division of English football.
The season saw United lift the League Cup for the first time in their history with a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest at Wembley Stadium. They also added the European Super Cup to the trophy cabinet with victory over Red Star Belgrade at Old Trafford. However, they then endured the disappointment of being beaten to the league title by rivals Leeds United, having led the league for much of the season.
New signings for the season included Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and England right-back Paul Parker. Ryan Giggs, who had played twice for United in 1990–91, broke into the first team and was one of the most exciting players in the country as he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Soviet international winger Andrei Kanchelskis, who had joined United in the later stages of the 1990–91 season, was also putting in star performances to give manager Alex Ferguson a more attacking alternative to the ageing Mike Phelan on the right hand side of midfield.
It was the final season at Old Trafford for striker Mark Robins, a key player from the FA Cup winning team two seasons earlier. His first team opportunities were limited due to the form of Mark Hughes and Brian McClair, and he was unfit when injuries opened up an opportunity for regular action in attack near the season’s end. He was then put on the transfer list and by the start of the following season, he had been sold to Norwich City. Lee Martin had regained fitness following his back injury the previous season, but was unable to win a place in the team. Danny Wallace, who was by now rarely selected for the first team, was put on the transfer list before Christmas, but was still at Old Trafford when the season ended, despite talk of a return to Southampton. Russell Beardsmore, now a rare sight in the first team, had a brief loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.
Media reports for most of the season linked United with a move for Southampton striker Alan Shearer, but the player opted to remain at the South Coast club until the end of the season before making a decision on a future.
United would be among the founder members of the FA Premier League for the 1992-93 season, as the top 22 clubs broke away from the Football League.
 

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
24 July 1991MazdaH1 – 2Ferguson
29 July 1991StrømsgodsetA3 – 1Ince, Beardsmore, Wallace7,809
30 July 1991VikingA1 – 0Robins6,025
1 August 1991MoldeA3 – 1Blackmore, Hughes (2)3,468
4 August 1991DumbartonA5 – 0Robins (2), Hughes (2), McClair1,570
5 August 1991AberdeenA1 – 1
(4 – 3p)
Hughes20,300
7 August 1991Austria MemphisA1 – 5McClair12,000
11 August 1991Republic of Ireland XIH1 – 1Robson33,412
3 May 1992EvertonH2 – 4Ince, Hughes7,434
8 May 1992Manchester CityA2 – 1Bruce (pen.), Toal4,696

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
17 August 1991Notts CountyH2 – 0Hughes 40′, Robson 57′46,2781st
21 August 1991Aston VillaA1 – 0Bruce 38′ (pen.)39,9951st
24 August 1991EvertonA0 – 036,0852nd
28 August 1991Oldham AthleticH1 – 0McClair 85′42,0781st
31 August 1991Leeds UnitedH1 – 1Robson 85′43,7781st
3 September 1991WimbledonA2 – 1Blackmore 25′, Pallister 43′13,8241st
7 September 1991Norwich CityH3 – 0Irwin 20′, McClair 23′, Giggs 28′44,9461st
14 September 1991SouthamptonA1 – 0Hughes 48′19,2641st
21 September 1991Luton TownH5 – 0Ince 23′, Bruce 63′ (pen.), McClair (2) 76′, 80′, Hughes 87′46,4911st
28 September 1991Tottenham HotspurA2 – 1Hughes 21′, Robson 86′35,0871st
6 October 1991LiverpoolH0 – 044,9971st
19 October 1991ArsenalH1 – 1Bruce 44′46,5941st
26 October 1991Sheffield WednesdayA2 – 3McClair (2) 17′, 22′38,2602nd
2 November 1991Sheffield UnitedH2 – 0Hoyland 35′ (o.g.), Kanchelskis 78′42,9421st
16 November 1991Manchester CityA0 – 038,1802nd
23 November 1991West Ham UnitedH2 – 1Giggs 15′, Robson 42′47,1851st
30 November 1991Crystal PalaceA3 – 1Webb 26′, McClair 57′, Kanchelskis 58′29,0172nd
7 December 1991Coventry CityH4 – 0Bruce 13′, Webb 20′, McClair 27′, Hughes 81′42,5492nd
15 December 1991ChelseaA3 – 1Irwin 19′, McClair 57′, Bruce 61′23,1201st
26 December 1991Oldham AthleticA6 – 3Irwin (2) 2′, 54′, Kanchelskis 43′, McClair (2) 56′, 59′, Giggs 78′18,9471st
29 December 1991Leeds UnitedA1 – 1Webb 46′32,6381st
1 January 1992Queens Park RangersH1 – 4McClair 83′38,5542nd
11 January 1992EvertonH1 – 0Kanchelskis 56′46,6191st
18 January 1992Notts CountyA1 – 1Blackmore 70′ (pen.)21,0552nd
22 January 1992Aston VillaH1 – 0Hughes 48′45,0221st
1 February 1992ArsenalA1 – 1McClair 27′41,7032nd
8 February 1992Sheffield WednesdayH1 – 1McClair 12′47,0741st
22 February 1992Crystal PalaceH2 – 0Hughes (2) 11′, 51′46,3471st
26 February 1992ChelseaH1 – 1Hughes 87′44,8721st
29 February 1992Coventry CityA0 – 023,9671st
14 March 1992Sheffield UnitedA2 – 1McClair 62′, Blackmore 82′30,1832nd
18 March 1992Nottingham ForestA0 – 128,0622nd
21 March 1992WimbledonH0 – 045,4282nd
28 March 1992Queens Park RangersA0 – 022,6032nd
31 March 1992Norwich CityA3 – 1Ince (2) 41′, 58′, McClair 66′17,4891st
7 April 1992Manchester CityH1 – 1Giggs 20′46,7811st
16 April 1992SouthamptonH1 – 0Kanchelskis 65′43,9721st
18 April 1992Luton TownA1 – 1Sharpe 25′13,4101st
20 April 1992Nottingham ForestH1 – 2McClair 36′47,5762nd
22 April 1992West Ham UnitedA0 – 124,1972nd
26 April 1992LiverpoolA0 – 238,6692nd
2 May 1992Tottenham HotspurH3 – 1McClair 37′, Hughes (2) 57′, 59′44,5952nd
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Leeds United42221647437+3782
2Manchester United42211566333+3078
3Sheffield Wednesday42211296249+1375

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
15 January 1992Round 3Leeds UnitedA1 – 0Hughes 44′31,819
27 January 1992Round 4SouthamptonA0 – 019,506
5 February 1992Round 4
Replay
SouthamptonH2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
(2 – 4p)
Kanchelskis 42′, McClair 90′33,414

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
26 September 1991Round 2
First leg
Cambridge UnitedH3 – 0Giggs 44′, McClair 48′, Bruce 66′30,934
9 October 1991Round 2
Second leg
Cambridge UnitedA1 – 1McClair 2′9,248
30 October 1991Round 3PortsmouthH3 – 1Robins (2) 59′, 89′, Robson 74′29,543
4 December 1991Round 4Oldham AthleticH2 – 0McClair 1′, Kanchelskis 25′38,550
8 January 1992Round 5Leeds UnitedA3 – 1Blackmore 31′, Kanchelskis 51′, Giggs 56′28,886
4 March 1992Semi-final
First leg
MiddlesbroughA0 – 025,572
11 March 1992Semi-final
Second leg
MiddlesbroughH2 – 1 (a.e.t.)Sharpe 29′, Giggs 106′45,875
12 April 1992FinalNottingham ForestN1 – 0McClair 14′76,810

Cup Winners’ Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
18 September 1991First round
First leg
AthinaikosA0 – 05,400
2 October 1991First round
Second leg
AthinaikosH2 – 0 (a.e.t.)Hughes 109′, McClair 111′35,023
23 October 1991Second round
First leg
Atlético MadridA0 – 340,000
6 November 1991Second round
Second leg
Atlético MadridH1 – 1Hughes 4′39,654

UEFA Super Cup

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
19 November 1991Red Star BelgradeH1 – 0McClair 67′22,110

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupRumbelows CupEuropeOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Peter Schmeichel40030603010530
GK Gary Walsh200010100040
GK Ian Wilkinson000010000010
DF Clayton Blackmore19(14)3104(1)1101026(15)4
DF Steve Bruce37510714010506
DF Mal Donaghy16(4)0203(1)0000021(5)0
DF Denis Irwin37(1)43070201050(1)4
DF Lee Martin0(1)000101(2)0103(3)0
DF Gary Pallister37(3)130803(1)01052(4)1
DF Paul Parker24(2)03060200035(2)0
MF Russell Beardsmore0000001(2)0001(2)0
MF Darren Ferguson2(2)0000000002(2)0
MF Ryan Giggs32(6)42(1)06(2)3100(1)041(10)7
MF Paul Ince31(2)3306(1)0301044(3)3
MF Andrei Kanchelskis28(6)52142101036(6)8
MF Mike Phelan14(4)0002(1)0400020(5)0
MF Bryan Robson26(1)4205(1)1300036(2)5
MF Lee Sharpe8(6)10(1)01(3)100009(10)2
MF Neil Webb29(2)33060301042(2)3
FW Mark Hughes38(1)112(1)160421051(2)14
FW Brian McClair41(1)183184411157(1)25
FW Mark Robins1(1)0000(3)22(1)0003(5)2
FW Danny Wallace0000001(1)0001(1)0