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1983/84 – Manchester United

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The 1983–84 season was Manchester United‘s 81st season in the Football League, and their 9th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

As FA Cup holders they suffered a shock exit at the hands of Third Division underdogs Bournemouth in the third round, but did reach the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup and were narrowly defeated by Juventus. They frequently led the league during the season but eventually finish fourth, having been held to a draw in 14 out of 42 games despite losing just eight times. Perhaps the most memorable game of the season was the European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final clash with Barcelona of Spain, a side featuring Diego Maradona. After going 2–0 down in the first leg, United achieved a remarkable 3–0 win in the return leg at Old Trafford.

It was the breakthrough season at the club for young striker Mark Hughes, who scored four times late in the season, and the final season at the club for midfielder Ray Wilkins who exited Old Trafford at the end of the campaign to sign for Milan.

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
20 August 1983 Liverpool N 2 – 0 Robson (2) 92,000

First Division

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Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
27 August 1983 Queens Park Rangers H 3 – 1 Mühren (2), Stapleton 48,742
29 August 1983 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 2 Moran 43,005
3 September 1983 Stoke City A 1 – 0 Mühren 23,704
6 September 1983 Arsenal A 3 – 2 Moran, Robson, Stapleton 42,703
10 September 1983 Luton Town H 2 – 0 Albiston, Mühren 41,013
17 September 1983 Southampton A 0 – 3 20,674
24 September 1983 Liverpool H 1 – 0 Stapleton 56,121
1 October 1983 Norwich City A 3 – 3 Whiteside (2), Stapleton 19,290
15 October 1983 West Bromwich Albion H 3 – 0 Albiston, Graham, Whiteside 42,221
22 October 1983 Sunderland A 1 – 0 Wilkins 26,826
29 October 1983 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 0 Stapleton (2), Robson 41,880
5 November 1983 Aston Villa H 1 – 2 Robson 45,077
12 November 1983 Leicester City A 1 – 1 Robson 24,409
19 November 1983 Watford H 4 – 1 Stapleton (3), Robson 43,111
27 November 1983 West Ham United A 1 – 1 Wilkins 23,355
3 December 1983 Everton H 0 – 1 43,664
10 December 1983 Ipswich Town A 2 – 0 Crooks, Graham 19,779
16 December 1983 Tottenham Hotspur H 4 – 2 Graham (2), Moran (2) 33,616
26 December 1983 Coventry City A 1 – 1 Mühren 21,553
27 December 1983 Notts County H 3 – 3 Crooks, McQueen, Moran 41,544
31 December 1983 Stoke City H 1 – 0 Graham 40,164
2 January 1984 Liverpool A 1 – 1 Whiteside 44,622
13 January 1984 Queens Park Rangers A 1 – 1 Robson 16,308
21 January 1984 Southampton H 3 – 2 Mühren, Robson, Stapleton 40,371
4 February 1984 Norwich City H 0 – 0 36,851
7 February 1984 Birmingham City A 2 – 2 Hogg, Whiteside 19,957
12 February 1984 Luton Town A 5 – 0 Robson (2), Whiteside (2), Stapleton 11,265
18 February 1984 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 1 Whiteside 20,676
25 February 1984 Sunderland H 2 – 1 Moran (2) 40,615
3 March 1984 Aston Villa A 3 – 0 Moses, Robson, Whiteside 32,874
10 March 1984 Leicester City H 2 – 0 Hughes, Moses 39,473
17 March 1984 Arsenal H 4 – 0 Mühren (2), Robson, Stapleton 48,942
31 March 1984 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 2 28,104
7 April 1984 Birmingham City H 1 – 0 Robson 39,896
14 April 1984 Notts County A 0 – 1 13,911
17 April 1984 Watford A 0 – 0 20,764
21 April 1984 Coventry City H 4 – 1 Hughes (2), McGrath, Wilkins 38,524
28 April 1984 West Ham United H 0 – 0 44,124
5 May 1984 Everton A 1 – 1 Stapleton 28,802
7 May 1984 Ipswich Town H 1 – 2 Hughes 44,257
12 May 1984 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 1 Whiteside 39,790
16 May 1984 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 2 23,651
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 8 12 76 45 +31 74
4 Manchester United 42 20 14 8 71 41 +30 74
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 22 7 13 67 37 +30 73

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
7 January 1984 Round 3 Bournemouth A 0 – 2 14,782

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
3 October 1983 Round 2

First leg

Port Vale A 1 – 0 Stapleton 19,885
26 October 1983 Round 2

Second leg

Port Vale H 2 – 0 Whiteside, Wilkins 23,589
8 November 1983 Round 3 Colchester United A 2 – 0 McQueen, Moses 13,031
30 November 1983 Round 4 Oxford United A 1 – 1 Hughes 13,739
7 December 1983 Round 4

Replay

Oxford United H 1 – 1 Stapleton 27,459
19 December 1983 Round 4

2nd Replay

Oxford United A 1 – 2 Graham 13,912

Cup Winners’ Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
14 September 1983 Round 1

First leg

Dukla Prague H 1 – 1 Wilkins 39,745
27 September 1983 Round 1

Second leg

Dukla Prague A 2 – 2 Robson, Stapleton 28,850
19 October 1983 Round 2

First leg

Spartak Varna A 2 – 1 Graham, Robson 40,000
2 November 1983 Round 2

Second leg

Spartak Varna H 2 – 0 Stapleton (2) 39,079
7 March 1984 Round 3

First leg

Barcelona A 0 – 2 70,000
21 March 1984 Round 3

Second leg

Barcelona H 3 – 0 Robson (2), Stapleton 58,547
11 April 1984 Semi-final

First leg

Juventus H 1 – 1 Davies 58,171
25 April 1984 Semi-final

Second leg

Juventus A 1 – 2 Whiteside 64,655

Squad statistics

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Pos. Name League FA Cup Milk Cup UEFA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Gary Bailey 40 0 1 0 5 0 8 0 1 0 55 0
GK Jeff Wealands 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF Arthur Albiston 40 2 1 0 6 0 8 0 1 0 56 2
DF Clayton Blackmore 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF Mike Duxbury 39 0 1 0 6 0 8 0 1 0 55 0
DF John Gidman 4 0 0 0 1 0 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 6(2) 0
DF Graeme Hogg 16 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 21 1
DF Paul McGrath 9 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 12 1
DF Gordon McQueen 20 1 0 0 4 1 4 0 1 0 29 2
DF Kevin Moran 38 7 0 0 5 0 8 0 1 0 52 7
MF Alan Davies 3 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 1 0 0 3(1) 1
MF Mark Dempsey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0
MF Arthur Graham 33(4) 5 1 0 5 1 6(1) 1 1 0 46(5) 7
MF Lou Macari 0(5) 0 0(1) 0 0(2) 0 2 0 0 0 2(8) 0
MF Remi Moses 31(4) 2 1 0 5(1) 1 5(1) 0 0 0 42(6) 3
MF Arnold Mühren 26 8 1 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 35 8
MF Bryan Robson 33 12 1 0 6 0 6 4 1 2 47 18
MF Ray Wilkins 42 3 1 0 6 1 6 1 1 0 56 5
FW Garth Crooks 6(1) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6(1) 2
FW Mark Hughes 7(4) 4 0 0 1(1) 1 2(2) 0 0 0 10(7) 5
FW Frank Stapleton 42 13 1 0 6 2 8 4 1 0 58 19
FW Norman Whiteside 30(7) 10 1 0 6 1 5(1) 1 1 0 43(8) 12
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