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1997/98 – Manchester United

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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 nine-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 an 11-point gap, regardless of the fact that nearest challengers Arsenal had three games in hand. This was manager Alex Ferguson‘s first trophyless season since the 1994–95 campaign.

Following the loss of talismanic 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.

Match worn shirts

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Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H/A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
17 July 1997 Thailand A 2–0 Butt 55′, Thongsookkaew 86′ (o.g.) 38,000
20 July 1997 South China A 1–0 Cruyff 57′ 36,611
22 July 1997 Urawa Red Diamonds A 2–1 Solskjær (2) 13′, 39′ 17,642
27 July 1997 Internazionale A<href=”#endnote_Inter” >[A] 1–1(4–1p) Butt 22′ 49,718
30 July 1997 Internazionale H 1–1 Clegg 67′ 48,579
5 August 1997 Slavia Prague H 2–2 Poborský 1′, Cooke 45′ 22,075
5 October 1997 Manchester City A 2–2 Scholes 9′, Notman 84′ 21,262

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

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H/A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
3 August 1997 Chelsea N 1–1(4–2p) Johnsen 57′ 73,636

FA Premier League

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Date Opponents H/A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance Leagueposition
10 August 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–0 Butt 82′, Vega 83′ (o.g.) 26,359 1st
13 August 1997 Southampton H 1–0 Beckham 79′ 55,008 2nd
23 August 1997 Leicester City A 0–0 21,221 3rd
27 August 1997 Everton A 2–0 Beckham 29′, Sheringham 50′ 40,079 2nd
30 August 1997 Coventry City H 3–0 Cole 2′, Keane 72′, Poborský 90′ 55,074 2nd
13 September 1997 West Ham United H 2–1 Keane 21′, Scholes 75′ 55,068 1st
20 September 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 0–0 25,000 1st
24 September 1997 Chelsea H 2–2 Scholes 35′, Solskjær 86′ 55,163 2nd
27 September 1997 Leeds United A 0–1 39,952 2nd
4 October 1997 Crystal Palace H 2–0 Sheringham 18′, Hreiðarsson 30′ (o.g.) 55,143 2nd
18 October 1997 Derby County A 2–2 Sheringham 51′, Cole 83′ 30,014 3rd
25 October 1997 Barnsley H 7–0 Cole (3) 17′, 19′, 45′, Giggs (2) 43′, 57′, Scholes 59′, Poborský 80′ 55,142 1st
1 November 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 6–1 Sheringham (2) 13′, 63′, Newsome 20′ (o.g.), Cole 39′, Solskjær (2) 41′, 75′ 55,259 1st
9 November 1997 Arsenal A 2–3 Sheringham (2) 33′, 40′ 38,205 1st
22 November 1997 Wimbledon A 5–2 Butt 48′, Beckham (2) 67′, 75′, Scholes 81′, Cole 85′ 26,309 1st
30 November 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 4–0 Solskjær (2) 17′, 52′, Henchoz 59′ (o.g.), Kenna 84′ (o.g.) 55,175 1st
6 December 1997 Liverpool A 3–1 Cole (2) 51′, 74′, Beckham 70′ 41,027 1st
15 December 1997 Aston Villa H 1–0 Giggs 52′ 55,151 1st
21 December 1997 Newcastle United A 1–0 Cole 67′ 36,767 1st
26 December 1997 Everton H 2–0 Berg 14′, Cole 35′ 41,027 1st
28 December 1997 Coventry City A 2–3 Solskjær 31′, Sheringham 48′ 23,054 1st
10 January 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 Giggs (2) 44′, 68′ 55,281 1st
19 January 1998 Southampton A 0–1 15,241 1st
31 January 1998 Leicester City H 0–1 55,156 1st
7 February 1998 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 Cole 85′ 55,156 1st
18 February 1998 Aston Villa A 2–0 Beckham 83′, Giggs 89′ 39,372 1st
21 February 1998 Derby County H 2–0 Giggs 19′, Irwin 71′ (pen.) 55,170 1st
28 February 1998 Chelsea A 1–0 P. Neville 31′ 35,411 1st
7 March 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–2 39,427 1st
11 March 1998 West Ham United A 1–1 Scholes 66′ 25,892 1st
14 March 1998 Arsenal H 0–1 55,174 1st
28 March 1998 Wimbledon H 2–0 Johnsen 83′, Scholes 90′ 55,306 1st
6 April 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 3–1 Cole 56′, Scholes 73′, Beckham 90′ 30,547 1st
10 April 1998 Liverpool H 1–1 Johnsen 12′ 55,171 1st
18 April 1998 Newcastle United H 1–1 Beckham 38′ 55,194 2nd
27 April 1998 Crystal Palace A 3–0 Scholes 6′, Butt 22′, Cole 84′ 26,180 2nd
4 May 1998 Leeds United H 3–0 Giggs 6′, Irwin 31′ (pen.), Beckham 59′ 55,167 2nd
10 May 1998 Barnsley A 2–0 Cole 6′, Sheringham 77′ 18,694 2nd

 

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Arsenal 38 23 9 6 68 33 +35 78
2 Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77
3 Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65

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

Date Round Opponents H/A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
4 January 1998 Third round Chelsea A 5–3 Beckham (2) 23′, 28′, Cole (2) 45′, 66′, Sheringham 74′ 34,792
24 January 1998 Fourth round Walsall H 5–1 Cole (2) 10′, 66′, Solskjær (2) 39′, 68′, Johnsen 74′ 54,699
15 February 1998 Fifth Round Barnsley H 1–1 Sheringham 42′ 54,700
25 February 1998 Fifth RoundReplay Barnsley A 2–3 Sheringham 57′, Cole 82′ 18,655

 

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H/A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
14 October 1997 Third round Ipswich Town A 0–2 22,173

 

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

Date Opponents H/A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance Groupposition
17 September 1997 Košice A 3–0 Irwin 30′, Berg 62′, Cole 88′ 9,950 2nd
1 October 1997 Juventus H 3–2 Sheringham 38′, Scholes 69′, Giggs 90′ 53,428 1st
22 October 1997 Feyenoord H 2–1 Scholes 32′, Irwin 73′ (pen.) 53,188 1st
5 November 1997 Feyenoord A 3–1 Cole (3) 31′, 44′, 75′ 51,000 1st
27 November 1997 Košice H 3–0 Cole 40′, Faktor 85′ (o.g.), Sheringham 90′ 53,535 1st
10 December 1997 Juventus A 0–1 47,786 1st

 

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Manchester United 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
Juventus 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
Feyenoord 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9
Košice 6 0 0 6 2 13 −11 0

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

Knockout phase

Date Round Opponents H/A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
4 March 1998 Quarter-finalFirst leg AS Monaco A 0–0 15,000
18 March 1998 Quarter-finalSecond leg AS Monaco H 1–1 Solskjær 53′ 53,683

 

Squad statistics

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No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow Cards Red Cards
1 GK Peter Schmeichel 32 0 4 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 44 0 0 0
2 DF Gary Neville 34 0 2(1) 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 44(1) 0 3 0
3 DF Denis Irwin 23(2) 2 3(1) 0 0(1) 0 6 2 1 0 33(4) 4 2 0
4 DF David May 7(2) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9(2) 0 4 0
5 DF Ronny Johnsen 18(4) 2 3 1 1 0 5 0 1 1 28(4) 4 2 0
6 DF Gary Pallister 33 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 43 0 7 0
7 MF David Beckham 34(3) 9 3(1) 2 0 0 8 0 0(1) 0 45(5) 11 6 0
8 MF Nicky Butt 31(2) 3 1 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 40(2) 3 7 0
9 FW Andy Cole 31(2) 15 3 5 1 0 6(1) 5 1 0 42(3) 25 5 0
10 FW Teddy Sheringham 28(3) 9 2(1) 3 0 0 7 2 1 0 38(4) 14 5 0
11 MF Ryan Giggs 28(1) 8 2 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 36(1) 9 2 0
12 DF Phil Neville 24(6) 1 3 0 1 0 5(2) 0 1 0 34(8) 1 7 0
13 MF Brian McClair 2(11) 0 3 0 1 0 0(3) 0 0 0 6(14) 0 0 0
14 MF Jordi Cruyff 3(2) 0 0(1) 0 1 0 0 0 0(1) 0 4(4) 0 1 0
15 MF Karel Poborský 3(7) 2 0 0 1 0 2(2) 0 0 0 6(9) 2 1 0
16 MF Roy Keane (c) 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 11 2 1 0
17 GK Raimond van der Gouw 4(1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6(1) 0 0 0
18 MF Paul Scholes 28(3) 8 2 0 0(1) 0 6(1) 2 1 0 37(5) 10 9 0
20 FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær 15(7) 6 1(1) 2 0 0 3(3) 1 0 0 19(11) 9 2 0
21 DF Henning Berg 23(4) 1 2 0 0 0 5(2) 1 0 0 30(6) 2 4 0
22 FW Erik Nevland 0(1) 0 2(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 2(3) 0 0 0
23 MF Ben Thornley 0(5) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3(5) 0 1 0
24 DF John O’Kane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 GK Kevin Pilkington 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
26 DF Chris Casper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF Terry Cooke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF Philip Mulryne 1 0 0(1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0 0 0
29 MF Michael Appleton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF Ronnie Wallwork 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
31 DF John Curtis 3(5) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4(5) 0 0 0
32 DF Michael Clegg 1(2) 0 2(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 3(4) 0 0 0
33 GK Nick Culkin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF Michael Twiss 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
35 DF Wes Brown 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0 0
36 FW Alex Notman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF Jonathan Greening 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 DF Danny Higginbotham 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
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