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1980/81 – Manchester United

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The 1980–81 season was Manchester United‘s 78th season in the Football League, and their 6th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

It was the last of their four seasons under the management of Dave Sexton, who was sacked after the end of the season after failing to win the club a major trophy. Sexton was succeeded by West Bromwich Albion manager Ron Atkinson.

The club also paid a club record of more than £1 million for Nottingham Forest striker Garry Birtles, but the player was a huge disappointment and ended the season without having scored a single league goal for the club. The club’s top scorer was Joe Jordan, who found the back of the net 15 times.

First Division

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Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
16 August 1980 Middlesbrough H 3–0 Macari, Grimes, Thomas 54,394
19 August 1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 31,955
23 August 1980 Birmingham City A 0–0 28,661
30 August 1980 Sunderland H 1–1 Jovanović 51,498
6 September 1980 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 40,995
13 September 1980 Leicester City H 5–0 Coppell, Grimes,Jovanović (2), Macari 43,229
20 September 1980 Leeds United A 0–0 32,539
27 September 1980 Manchester City H 2–2 Coppell, Albiston 55,918
4 October 1980 Nottingham Forest A 2–1 Macari, Coppell 29,801
8 October 1980 Aston Villa H 3–3 McIlroy (2; 1 pen.),Coppell 38,831
11 October 1980 Arsenal H 0–0 49,036
18 October 1980 Ipswich Town A 1–1 McIlroy (pen.) 28,572
22 October 1980 Stoke City A 2–1 Jordan, Macari 24,534
25 October 1980 Everton H 2–0 Jordan, Coppell 54,260
1 November 1980 Crystal Palace A 0–1 31,449
8 November 1980 Coventry City H 0–0 42,794
12 November 1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–0 37,959
15 November 1980 Middlesbrough A 1–1 Jordan 20,606
22 November 1980 Brighton & Hove Albion A 4–1 Jordan (2), McIlroy,Duxbury 23,923
29 November 1980 Southampton H 1–1 Jordan 47,783
6 December 1980 Norwich City A 2–2 Bond (o.g.), Coppell 18,780
13 December 1980 Stoke City H 2–2 Macari, Jordan 39,568
20 December 1980 Arsenal A 1–2 Macari 33,730
26 December 1980 Liverpool H 0–0 57,049
27 December 1980 West Bromwich Albion A 1–3 Jovanović 38,615
10 January 1981 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–1 McQueen, Macari 42,208
28 January 1981 Sunderland A 0–2 31,910
31 January 1981 Birmingham City H 2–0 Jordan, Macari 39,081
7 February 1981 Leicester City A 0–1 26,085
17 February 1981 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 40,642
21 February 1981 Manchester City A 0–1 50,114
28 February 1981 Leeds United H 0–1 45,733
7 March 1981 Southampton A 0–1 22,698
14 March 1981 Aston Villa A 3–3 Jordan (2), McIlroy (pen.) 42,182
18 March 1981 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 Burns (o.g.) 38,205
21 March 1981 Ipswich Town H 2–1 Thomas, Nicholl 46,685
28 March 1981 Everton A 1–0 Jordan 25,856
4 April 1981 Crystal Palace H 1–0 Duxbury 37,954
11 April 1981 Coventry City A 2–0 Jordan (2) 20,201
14 April 1981 Liverpool A 1–0 McQueen 31,276
18 April 1981 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1 Jordan, Macari 44,442
25 April 1981 Norwich City H 1–0 Jordan 40,165
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Nottingham Forest 42 19 12 11 62 44 +18 50
8 Manchester United 42 15 18 9 51 36 +15 48
9 Leeds United 42 17 10 15 39 47 −8 44

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

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
3 January 1981 Round 3 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–2 Duxbury, Thomas 42,199
7 January 1981 Round 3

Replay

Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–0 Nicholl, Birtles 26,915
24 January 1981 Round 4 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 34,110

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
27 August 1980 Round 2

First leg

Coventry City H 0–1 31,656
2 September 1980 Round 2

Second leg

Coventry City A 0–1 18,946

UEFA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
17 September 1980 Round 1

First leg

Widzew Łódź H 1–1 McIlroy 38,037
1 October 1980 Round 1

Second leg

Widzew Łódź A 0–0 40,000

Squad statistics

Manchester United squad picture 1980

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Gary Bailey 40 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 47 0
GK Paddy Roche 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
DF Arthur Albiston 42 1 3 0 2 0 2 0 49 1
DF Martin Buchan 26 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 32 0
DF Mike Duxbury 27(6) 2 0(2) 1 0 0 1(1) 0 28(9) 3
DF Nikola Jovanović 19 4 1 0 2 0 2 0 24 4
DF Gordon McQueen 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
DF Kevin Moran 32 0 1 0 0 0 0(1) 0 33(1) 0
DF Jimmy Nicholl 36 1 3 1 2 0 2 0 43 2
DF Anthony Whelan 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
MF Steve Coppell 42 6 3 0 2 0 2 0 49 6
MF Ashley Grimes 6(2) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 8(2) 2
MF Lou Macari 37(1) 9 3 0 2 0 1 0 43(1) 9
MF Chris McGrath 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Sammy McIlroy 31(1) 5 1 0 2 0 2 1 36(1) 6
MF Tom Sloan 0(2) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(3) 0
MF Mickey Thomas 30 2 3 1 2 0 2 0 37 3
MF Ray Wilkins 11(2) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13(2) 0
FW Garry Birtles 25 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 28 1
FW Jimmy Greenhoff 8(1) 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 11(1) 0
FW Joe Jordan 33 15 3 0 0 0 1 0 37 15
FW Scott McGarvey 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
FW Andy Ritchie 3(1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5(1) 0
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