United 94/95

The 1994–95 season was Manchester United’s third season in the Premier League, and their 20th consecutive season in the top division of English football.
United acquired David May from Blackburn Rovers early on in the season. They then bought Andy Cole from Newcastle United in January for a British record fee of £7 million (£6 million cash with £1 million-rated Keith Gillespie in part-exchange). That month, Eric Cantona was involved in an incident away to Crystal Palace. As a result of abuse received from a fan, Cantona broke free of kitman Norman Davies’ grasp as he was escorting him from the pitch after being sent off, and launched a kung-fu style kick at the fan. Cantona was banned from football for eight months and fined £20,000 by his club and a further £10,000 by the Football Association.
United lost the Premier League title on the last day when, despite Blackburn Rovers losing to Liverpool, United could only manage a draw away to West Ham United. The misery continued when Manchester United went on to lose to Everton in the 1995 FA Cup Final.
After the season was over, United controversially sold Paul Ince to Internazionale and Mark Hughes to Chelsea, while Andrei Kanchelskis was placed on the transfer list, eventually agreeing a deal with Everton (which was delayed by contract wrangling). Meanwhile, Eric Cantona was strongly linked with a £4 million move to join Paul Ince at Internazionale.

 

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
30 July 1994DundalkA4–2Hughes (2), Giggs, Ince4,500
1 August 1994ShelbourneA3–0Cantona, Ince, McClair12,500
3 August 1994Wolverhampton WanderersA2–1Ince, Blades (o.g.)28,500
5 August 1994Newcastle UnitedN1–1
(5–6p)
Cantona27,282
6 August 1994RangersA0–130,186
9 August 1994Cambridge UnitedA1–1Sharpe9,194
16 August 1994MiddlesbroughA3–0Hughes (2), Sharpe19,658

FA Charity Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
14 August 1994Blackburn RoversN2–0Cantona 22′ (pen.), Ince 81′60,402

FA Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
20 August 1994Queens Park RangersH2–0Hughes 48′, McClair 69′43,2143rd
22 August 1994Nottingham ForestA1–1Kanchelskis 23′22,0721st
27 August 1994Tottenham HotspurA1–0Bruce 49′24,5023rd
31 August 1994WimbledonH3–0Cantona 40′, McClair 81′, Giggs 84′43,4402nd
11 September 1994Leeds UnitedA1–2Cantona 72′ (pen.)39,3965th
17 September 1994LiverpoolH2–0Kanchelskis 73′, McClair 74′43,7403rd
24 September 1994Ipswich TownA2–3Cantona 71′, Scholes 74′22,5594th
1 October 1994EvertonH2–0Kanchelskis 41′, Sharpe 88′43,8034th
8 October 1994Sheffield WednesdayA0–133,4415th
15 October 1994West Ham UnitedH1–0Cantona 44′43,7954th
23 October 1994Blackburn RoversA4–2Cantona 45′ (pen.), Kanchelskis (2) 52′, 82′, Hughes 67′30,2603rd
29 October 1994Newcastle UnitedH2–0Pallister 11′, Gillespie 77′43,7953rd
6 November 1994Aston VillaA2–1Ince 41′, Kanchelskis 51′32,1363rd
10 November 1994Manchester CityH5–0Cantona 24′, Kanchelskis (3) 43′, 47′, 89′, Hughes 70′43,7382nd
19 November 1994Crystal PalaceH3–0Irwin 8′, Cantona 34′, Kanchelskis 51′43,7881st
26 November 1994ArsenalA0–038,3012nd
3 December 1994Norwich CityH1–0Cantona 36′43,7891st
10 December 1994Queens Park RangersA3–2Scholes (2) 34′, 48′, Keane 45′18,9482nd
17 December 1994Nottingham ForestH1–2Cantona 68′43,7442nd
26 December 1994ChelseaA3–2Hughes 22′, Cantona 46′ (pen.), McClair 79′31,1612nd
28 December 1994Leicester CityH1–1Kanchelskis 61′43,7892nd
31 December 1994SouthamptonA2–2Butt 51′, Pallister 79′16,7082nd
3 January 1995Coventry CityH2–0Scholes 30′, Cantona 50′ (pen.)43,1302nd
15 January 1995Newcastle UnitedA1–1Hughes 13′34,4712nd
22 January 1995Blackburn RoversH1–0Cantona 80′43,7422nd
25 January 1995Crystal PalaceA1–1May 57′18,2242nd
4 February 1995Aston VillaH1–0Cole 18′43,7952nd
11 February 1995Manchester CityA3–0Ince 58′, Kanchelskis 74′, Cole 78′26,3682nd
22 February 1995Norwich CityA2–0Ince 3′, Kanchelskis 17′21,8241st
25 February 1995EvertonA0–140,0112nd
4 March 1995Ipswich TownH9–0Keane 16′, Cole (5) 24′, 37′, 53′, 65′, 89′, Hughes (2) 54′, 59′, Ince 73′43,8042nd
7 March 1995WimbledonA1–0Bruce 84′18,2241st
15 March 1995Tottenham HotspurH0–043,8022nd
19 March 1995LiverpoolA0–238,9062nd
22 March 1995ArsenalH3–0Hughes 27′, Sharpe 32′, Kanchelskis 80′,43,6232nd
2 April 1995Leeds UnitedH0–043,7122nd
15 April 1995Leicester CityA4–0Sharpe 34′, Cole (2) 45′, 53′, Ince 90′21,2812nd
17 April 1995ChelseaH0–043,7282nd
1 May 1995Coventry CityA3–2Scholes 33′, Cole (2) 56′, 79′21,8852nd
7 May 1995Sheffield WednesdayH1–0May 6′43,8682nd
10 May 1995SouthamptonH2–1Cole 22′, Irwin 81′ (pen.)43,4792nd
14 May 1995West Ham UnitedA1–1McClair 53′24,7832nd
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Blackburn Rovers4227878039+4189
2Manchester United42261067728+4988
3Nottingham Forest42221197243+2977

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
9 January 1995Round 3Sheffield UnitedA2–0Hughes 80′, Cantona 82′22,322
28 January 1995Round 4WrexhamH5–2Irwin (2) 17′, 74′ (pen.), Giggs 27′, McClair 67′, Humes 81′ (o.g.)43,222
19 February 1995Round 5Leeds UnitedH3–1Bruce 2′, McClair 5′, Hughes 72′42,744
12 March 1995Round 6Queens Park RangersH2–0Sharpe 23′, Irwin 53′42,830
9 April 1995Semi-finalCrystal PalaceN2–2 (a.e.t.)Irwin 70′, Pallister 97′38,256
12 April 1995Semi-final
Replay
Crystal PalaceN2–0Bruce 30′, Pallister 41′17,987
20 May 1995FinalEvertonN0–179,592

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
21 September 1994Round 2
First leg
Port ValeA2–1Scholes (2) 36′, 53′18,605
5 October 1994Round 2
Second leg
Port ValeH2–0McClair 35′, May 61′31,615
26 October 1994Round 3Newcastle UnitedA0–234,178

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
14 September 1994IFK GöteborgH4–2Giggs (2) 33′, 66′, Kanchelskis 48′, Sharpe 71′33,625
28 September 1994GalatasarayA0–028,605
19 October 1994BarcelonaH2–2Hughes 20′, Sharpe 80′40,064
2 November 1994BarcelonaA0–4114,273
23 November 1994IFK GöteborgA1–3Hughes 64′36,350
7 December 1994GalatasarayH4–0Davies 3′, Beckham 38′, Keane 49′, Bülent (o.g.) 88′39,220
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
IFK Göteborg6411107+39
Barcelona6222118+36
Manchester United6222111106
Galatasaray611439−63

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Peter Schmeichel32070003010430
2DF Paul Parker1(1)000002(1)0003(2)0
3DF Denis Irwin40274205000546
4DF Steve Bruce35252105(1)01047(1)4
5MF Lee Sharpe26(2)36(1)10(2)0321036(5)6
6DF Gary Pallister42272206010584
7FW Eric Cantona2112110020112514
8MF Paul Ince36560005011486
9FW Brian McClair35(5)56(1)231201047(6)8
10FW Mark Hughes33(1)86200521045(1)12
11MF Ryan Giggs2916(1)100321039(1)4
12DF David May15(4)21021401023(4)3
13GK Gary Walsh10000303000160
14MF Andrei Kanchelskis25(5)142(1)000511033(6)15
15FW Graeme Tomlinson00000(2)000000(2)0
16MF Roy Keane23(2)26(1)010410034(3)3
17FW Andy Cole17(1)120000000017(1)12
18MF Simon Davies3(2)0003021008(2)1
19MF Nicky Butt11(11)13(1)0305(1)00022(13)1
20MF Terry Cooke000000000000
21DF Pat McGibbon000000000000
23DF Phil Neville1(1)0100000002(1)0
24MF Paul Scholes6(11)51(2)0320(2)00010(15)7
25GK Kevin Pilkington0(1)0000000000(1)0
26DF Chris Casper000010000010
27DF Gary Neville16(2)0402(1)01(1)00023(4)0
28MF David Beckham2(2)01(1)03011007(3)1
29MF Ben Thornley000000000000
30DF John O’Kane00101(1)000002(1)0
31MF Keith Gillespie3(6)1003000006(6)1