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1994/95 – Manchester United

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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. It was their first season since 1988–89 to end without a major trophy.

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 racial 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 toInternazionale 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.

 

Match-worn shirts

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Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
30 July 1994 Dundalk A 4 – 2 Hughes (2), Giggs, Ince 4,500
1 August 1994 Shelbourne A 3 – 0 Cantona, Ince, McClair 12,500
3 August 1994 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 1 Ince, Blades (o.g.) 28,500
5 August 1994 Newcastle United N 1 – 1(5 – 6p) Cantona 27,282
6 August 1994 Rangers A 0 – 1 30,186
9 August 1994 Cambridge United A 1 – 1 Sharpe 9,194
16 August 1994 Middlesbrough A 3 – 0 Hughes (2), Sharpe 19,658

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
14 August 1994 Blackburn Rovers N 2 – 0 Cantona 22′ (pen.), Ince 81′ 60,402

FA Premier League

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Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance Leagueposition
20 August 1994 Queens Park Rangers H 2 – 0 Hughes 48′, McClair 69′ 43,214 3rd
22 August 1994 Nottingham Forest A 1 – 1 Kanchelskis 23′ 22,072 1st
27 August 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 0 Bruce 49′ 24,502 3rd
31 August 1994 Wimbledon H 3 – 0 Cantona 40′, McClair 81′, Giggs 84′ 43,440 2nd
11 September 1994 Leeds United A 1 – 2 Cantona 72′ (pen.) 39,396 5th
17 September 1994 Liverpool H 2 – 0 Kanchelskis 73′, McClair 74′ 43,740 3rd
24 September 1994 Ipswich Town A 2 – 3 Cantona 71′, Scholes 74′ 22,559 4th
1 October 1994 Everton H 2 – 0 Kanchelskis 41′, Sharpe 88′ 43,803 4th
8 October 1994 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 1 33,441 5th
15 October 1994 West Ham United H 1 – 0 Cantona 44′ 43,795 4th
24 October 1994 Blackburn Rovers A 4 – 2 Cantona 45′ (pen.), Kanchelskis (2) 52′, 62′, Hughes 67′ 30,260 3rd
29 October 1994 Newcastle United H 2 – 0 Pallister 11′, Gillespie 77′ 43,795 3rd
6 November 1994 Aston Villa A 2 – 1 Ince 41′, Kanchelskis 51′ 32,136 3rd
10 November 1994 Manchester City H 5 – 0 Cantona 24′, Kanchelskis (3) 43′, 47′, 89′, Hughes 70′ 43,738 2nd
19 November 1994 Crystal Palace H 3 – 0 Irwin 8′, Cantona 34′, Kanchelskis 51′ 43,788 1st
26 November 1994 Arsenal A 0 – 0 38,301 2nd
3 December 1994 Norwich City H 1 – 0 Cantona 36′ 43,789 1st
10 December 1994 Queens Park Rangers A 3 – 2 Scholes (2) 34′, 48′, Keane 45′ 18,948 2nd
17 December 1994 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 2 Cantona 68′ 43,744 2nd
26 December 1994 Chelsea A 3 – 2 Hughes 22′, Cantona 46′ (pen.), McClair 79′ 31,161 2nd
28 December 1994 Leicester City H 1 – 1 Kanchelskis 61′ 43,789 2nd
31 December 1994 Southampton A 2 – 2 Butt 51′, Pallister 79′ 16,708 2nd
3 January 1995 Coventry City H 2 – 0 Scholes 30′, Cantona 50′ (pen.) 43,130 2nd
15 January 1995 Newcastle United A 1 – 1 Hughes 13′ 34,471 2nd
22 January 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 0 Cantona 80′ 43,742 2nd
25 January 1995 Crystal Palace A 1 – 1 May 57′ 18,224 2nd
4 February 1995 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Cole 18′ 43,795 2nd
11 February 1995 Manchester City A 3 – 0 Ince 58′, Kanchelskis 74′, Cole 78′ 26,368 2nd
22 February 1995 Norwich City A 2 – 0 Ince 3′, Kanchelskis 17′ 21,824 1st
25 February 1995 Everton A 0 – 1 40,011 2nd
4 March 1995 Ipswich Town H 9 – 0 Keane 16′, Cole (5) 24′, 37′, 53′, 65′, 89′, Hughes (2) 54′, 59′, Ince73′ 43,804 2nd
7 March 1995 Wimbledon A 1 – 0 Bruce 84′ 18,224 1st
15 March 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 0 43,802 2nd
19 March 1995 Liverpool A 0 – 2 38,906 2nd
22 March 1995 Arsenal H 3 – 0 Hughes 27′, Sharpe 32′, Kanchelskis 80′, 43,623 2nd
2 April 1995 Leeds United H 0 – 0 43,712 2nd
15 April 1995 Leicester City A 4 – 0 Sharpe 34′, Cole (2) 45′, 53′, Ince 90′ 21,281 2nd
17 April 1995 Chelsea H 0 – 0 43,728 2nd
1 May 1995 Coventry City A 3 – 2 Scholes 33′, Cole (2) 56′, 79′ 21,885 2nd
7 May 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 0 May 6′ 43,868 2nd
10 May 1995 Southampton H 2 – 1 Cole 22′, Irwin 81′ (pen.) 43,479 2nd
14 May 1995 West Ham United A 1 – 1 McClair 53′ 24,783 2nd
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Blackburn Rovers 42 27 8 7 80 39 +41 89
2 Manchester United 42 26 10 6 77 28 +49 88
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 11 9 72 43 +29 77

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 ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
9 January 1995 Round 3 Sheffield United A 2 – 0 Hughes 80′, Cantona 82′ 22,322
28 January 1995 Round 4 Wrexham H 5 – 2 Irwin (2) 17′, 74′ (pen.), Giggs 27′, McClair 67′, Humes 81′ (o.g.) 43,222
19 February 1995 Round 5 Leeds United H 3 – 1 Bruce 2′, McClair 5′, Hughes 72′ 42,744
12 March 1995 Round 6 Queens Park Rangers H 2 – 0 Sharpe 23′, Irwin 53′ 42,830
9 April 1995 Semi-final Crystal Palace N 2 – 2 (<href=”#Association_football” title=”Overtime (sports)” >a.e.t.) Irwin 70′, Pallister 97′ 38,256
12 April 1995 Semi-finalReplay Crystal Palace N 2 – 0 Bruce 30′, Pallister 41′ 17,987
20 May 1995 Final Everton N 0 – 1 79,592

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
21 September 1994 Round 2First leg Port Vale A 2 – 1 Scholes (2) 36′, 53′ 18,605
5 October 1994 Round 2Second leg Port Vale H 2 – 0 McClair 35′, May 61′ 31,615
26 October 1994 Round 3 Newcastle United A 0 – 2 34,178

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
14 September 1994 IFK Göteborg H 4 – 2 Giggs (2) 33′, 66′, Kanchelskis 48′, Sharpe 71′ 33,625
28 September 1994 Galatasaray A 0 – 0 28,605
19 October 1994 Barcelona H 2 – 2 Hughes 20′, Sharpe 80′ 40,064
2 November 1994 Barcelona A 0 – 4 114,273
23 November 1994 IFK Göteborg A 1 – 3 Hughes 64′ 36,350
7 December 1994 Galatasaray H 4 – 0 Davies 3′, Beckham 38′, Keane 49′, Bülent (o.g.) 88′ 39,220
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
IFK Göteborg 6 4 1 1 10 7 +3 9
Barcelona 6 2 2 2 11 8 +3 6
Manchester United 6 2 2 2 11 11 0 6
Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 3 9 −6 3

Squad statistics

Manchester United 1994/95 squad picture

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Peter Schmeichel 32 0 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 43 0
2 DF Paul Parker 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0 0 0 3(2) 0
3 DF Denis Irwin 40 2 7 4 2 0 5 0 0 0 54 6
4 DF Steve Bruce 35 2 5 2 1 0 5(1) 0 1 0 47(1) 4
5 MF Lee Sharpe 26(2) 3 6(1) 1 0(2) 0 3 2 1 0 36(5) 6
6 DF Gary Pallister 42 2 7 2 2 0 6 0 1 0 58 4
7 FW Eric Cantona 21 12 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 25 14
8 MF Paul Ince 36 5 6 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 48 6
9 FW Brian McClair 35(5) 5 6(1) 2 3 1 2 0 1 0 47(6) 8
10 FW Mark Hughes 33(1) 8 6 2 0 0 5 2 1 0 45(1) 12
11 MF Ryan Giggs 29 1 6(1) 1 0 0 3 2 1 0 39(1) 4
12 DF David May 15(4) 2 1 0 2 1 4 0 1 0 23(4) 3
13 GK Gary Walsh 10 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 16 0
14 MF Andrei Kanchelskis 25(5) 14 2(1) 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 33(6) 15
15 FW Graeme Tomlinson 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
16 MF Roy Keane 23(2) 2 6(1) 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 34(3) 3
17 FW Andy Cole 17(1) 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17(1) 12
18 MF Simon Davies 3(2) 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 8(2) 1
19 MF Nicky Butt 11(11) 1 3(1) 0 3 0 5(1) 0 0 0 22(13) 1
20 MF Terry Cooke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 DF Pat McGibbon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF Phil Neville 1(1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0
24 MF Paul Scholes 6(11) 5 1(2) 0 3 2 0(2) 0 0 0 10(15) 7
25 GK Kevin Pilkington 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
26 DF Chris Casper 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 DF Gary Neville 16(2) 0 4 0 2(1) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 23(4) 0
28 MF David Beckham 2(2) 0 1(1) 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 7(3) 1
29 MF Ben Thornley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF John O’Kane 0 0 1 0 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0
31 MF Keith Gillespie 3(6) 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6(6) 1
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