United 97/98

The 1997–98 season was Manchester United’s sixth season in the Premier League, and their 23rd consecutive season in the top division of English football. The campaign ended in disastrous fashion, having been pipped to the Premier League title by Arsenal, who managed a ten-match winning streak in the last two months of the season as well as being eliminated by league strugglers Barnsley and French outfit AS Monaco in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, respectively. To make matters worse, United entered March still in contention for a League and European double after opening up a 12-point gap, regardless of the fact that nearest challengers Arsenal had three games in hand. Thus, the season ended with only the Charity Shield in the cabinet.
Following the loss of captain and star striker, Eric Cantona at the end of the previous season, Ferguson acquired the services of England international Teddy Sheringham as a direct replacement on a three-year deal from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5 million. Cantona’s departure meant that Roy Keane was promoted as captain and a reshuffle of squad numbers occurred; David Beckham was awarded the coveted number 7 shirt and Sheringham was given Beckham’s former squad number 10. Henning Berg was the only other new face to arrive at Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers for a £5 million fee at the start of the season.

Pre-season and friendlies

17 July 1997ThailandA2–0Butt 55′, Natee 86′ (o.g.)38,000
20 July 1997South ChinaA1–0Cruyff 57′36,611
22 July 1997Urawa Red DiamondsA2–1Solskjær (2) 13′, 39′17,642
27 July 1997InternazionaleA[A]1–1
Butt 22′49,718
30 July 1997InternazionaleH1–1Clegg 67′48,579
5 August 1997Slavia PragueH2–2Poborský 1′, Cooke 45′22,075
5 October 1997Manchester CityA2–2Scholes 9′, Notman 84′21,262

Colours: Green = Manchester United win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

FA Charity Shield

3 August 1997ChelseaN1–1
Johnsen 57′73,636

Colours: Green = Manchester United win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

FA Premier League

10 August 1997Tottenham HotspurA2–0Butt 82′, Vega 83′ (o.g.)26,3591st
13 August 1997SouthamptonH1–0Beckham 79′55,0082nd
23 August 1997Leicester CityA0–021,2213rd
27 August 1997EvertonA2–0Beckham 29′, Sheringham 50′40,0792nd
30 August 1997Coventry CityH3–0Cole 2′, Keane 72′, Poborský 90′55,0742nd
13 September 1997West Ham UnitedH2–1Keane 21′, Scholes 75′55,0681st
20 September 1997Bolton WanderersA0–025,0001st
24 September 1997ChelseaH2–2Scholes 35′, Solskjær 86′55,1632nd
27 September 1997Leeds UnitedA0–139,9522nd
4 October 1997Crystal PalaceH2–0Sheringham 18′, Hreiðarsson 30′ (o.g.)55,1432nd
18 October 1997Derby CountyA2–2Sheringham 51′, Cole 83′30,0143rd
25 October 1997BarnsleyH7–0Cole (3) 17′, 19′, 45′, Giggs (2) 43′, 57′, Scholes 59′, Poborský 80′55,1421st
1 November 1997Sheffield WednesdayH6–1Sheringham (2) 13′, 63′, Newsome 20′ (o.g.), Cole 39′, Solskjær (2) 41′, 75′55,2591st
9 November 1997ArsenalA2–3Sheringham (2) 33′, 40′38,2051st
22 November 1997WimbledonA5–2Butt 48′, Beckham (2) 67′, 75′, Scholes 81′, Cole 85′26,3091st
30 November 1997Blackburn RoversH4–0Solskjær (2) 17′, 52′, Henchoz 59′ (o.g.), Kenna 84′ (o.g.)55,1751st
6 December 1997LiverpoolA3–1Cole (2) 51′, 74′, Beckham 70′41,0271st
15 December 1997Aston VillaH1–0Giggs 52′55,1511st
21 December 1997Newcastle UnitedA1–0Cole 67′36,7671st
26 December 1997EvertonH2–0Berg 14′, Cole 35′41,0271st
28 December 1997Coventry CityA2–3Solskjær 31′, Sheringham 48′23,0541st
10 January 1998Tottenham HotspurH2–0Giggs (2) 44′, 68′55,2811st
19 January 1998SouthamptonA0–115,2411st
31 January 1998Leicester CityH0–155,1561st
7 February 1998Bolton WanderersH1–1Cole 85′55,1561st
18 February 1998Aston VillaA2–0Beckham 83′, Giggs 89′39,3721st
21 February 1998Derby CountyH2–0Giggs 19′, Irwin 71′ (pen.)55,1701st
28 February 1998ChelseaA1–0P. Neville 31′35,4111st
7 March 1998Sheffield WednesdayA0–239,4271st
11 March 1998West Ham UnitedA1–1Scholes 66′25,8921st
14 March 1998ArsenalH0–155,1741st
28 March 1998WimbledonH2–0Johnsen 83′, Scholes 90′55,3061st
6 April 1998Blackburn RoversA3–1Cole 56′, Scholes 73′, Beckham 90′30,5471st
10 April 1998LiverpoolH1–1Johnsen 12′55,1711st
18 April 1998Newcastle UnitedH1–1Beckham 38′55,1942nd
27 April 1998Crystal PalaceA3–0Scholes 6′, Butt 22′, Cole 84′26,1802nd
4 May 1998Leeds UnitedH3–0Giggs 6′, Irwin 31′ (pen.), Beckham 59′55,1672nd
10 May 1998BarnsleyA2–0Cole 6′, Sheringham 77′18,6942nd

Colours: Green = Manchester United win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

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Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Points allocation: Three points awarded for a win; one for a drawn match; none for a loss.

FA Cup

4 January 1998Third roundChelseaA5–3Beckham (2) 23′, 28′, Cole (2) 45′, 66′, Sheringham 74′34,792
24 January 1998Fourth roundWalsallH5–1Cole (2) 10′, 66′, Solskjær (2) 39′, 68′, Johnsen 74′54,699
15 February 1998Fifth RoundBarnsleyH1–1Sheringham 42′54,700
25 February 1998Fifth Round
BarnsleyA2–3Sheringham 57′, Cole 82′18,655

Colours: Green = Manchester United win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

14 October 1997Third roundIpswich TownA0–222,173

Colours: Green = Manchester United win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

UEFA Champions League


17 September 1997KošiceA3–0Irwin 30′, Berg 62′, Cole 88′9,9502nd
1 October 1997JuventusH3–2Sheringham 38′, Scholes 69′, Giggs 90′53,4281st
22 October 1997FeyenoordH2–1Scholes 32′, Irwin 73′ (pen.)53,1881st
5 November 1997FeyenoordA3–1Cole (3) 31′, 44′, 75′51,0001st
27 November 1997KošiceH3–0Cole 40′, Faktor 85′ (o.g.), Sheringham 90′53,5351st
10 December 1997JuventusA0–147,7861st

Colours: Green = Manchester United win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

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Points allocation: Three points awarded for a win; one for a drawn match; none for a loss.

Knockout phase

4 March 1998Quarter-final
First leg
AS MonacoA0–015,000
18 March 1998Quarter-final
Second leg
AS MonacoH1–1Solskjær 53′53,683

Colours: Green = Manchester United win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

Squad statistics

No.CL no.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotalDiscipline
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsYellow CardsRed Cards
11GK Peter Schmeichel3204000701044000
22DF Gary Neville3402(1)000800044(1)030
33DF Denis Irwin23(2)23(1)00(1)0621033(4)420
44DF David May7(2)0101000009(2)040
55DF Ronny Johnsen18(4)23110501128(4)420
66DF Gary Pallister3303000601043070
77MF David Beckham34(3)93(1)200800(1)045(5)1160
88MF Nicky Butt31(2)31000701040(2)370
99FW Andy Cole31(2)1535106(1)51042(3)2550
1010FW Teddy Sheringham28(3)92(1)300721038(4)1450
1111MF Ryan Giggs28(1)82000511036(1)920
1212DF Phil Neville24(6)130105(2)01034(8)170
1313MF Brian McClair2(11)030100(3)0006(14)000
1414MF Jordi Cruyff3(2)00(1)010000(1)04(4)010
1515MF Karel Poborský3(7)200102(2)0006(9)210
1616MF Roy Keane (c)920000101011210
1717GK Raimond van der Gouw4(1)0001010006(1)000
1818MF Paul Scholes28(3)8200(1)06(1)21037(5)1090
2020FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær15(7)61(1)2003(3)10019(11)920
2121DF Henning Berg23(4)120005(2)10030(6)240
2224FW Erik Nevland0(1)02(1)00(1)000002(3)000
2323MF Ben Thornley0(5)0201000003(5)010
24DF John O’Kane00000000000000
2525GK Kevin Pilkington20000000002000
2626DF Chris Casper00000000000000
2722MF Terry Cooke00000000000000
2828MF Philip Mulryne100(1)01000002(1)000
29MF Michael Appleton00000000000000
30DF Ronnie Wallwork0(1)0000000000(1)000
3129DF John Curtis3(5)0001000004(5)000
3219DF Michael Clegg1(2)02(1)0000(1)0003(4)000
33GK Nick Culkin00000000000000
34MF Michael Twiss000(1)00000000(1)000
35DF Wes Brown1(1)0000000001(1)000
3627FW Alex Notman00000000000000
37MF Jonathan Greening00000000000000
38DF Danny Higginbotham0(1)0000000000(1)000