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2004/05 – Manchester United

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The 2004–05 season was Manchester United‘s 13th season in thePremier League, and their 30th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

The season finished trophyless (only their fourth trophyless season in 17 seasons) for United, who finished third in the Premier League with 77 points. The title went to Chelsea, who finished the season with a record 95 points and lost just one game all season, with the previous season’s champions Arsenal finishing runners-up.

Their European Cup dream ended in the Second Round at Milan, while they were eliminated from the League Cup by Chelsea in the semi-finals. The last chance of silverware was blown by a Paul Scholes penalty miss against Arsenal in a shoot-out after a goalless draw in the 2005 FA Cup Final.

On a more positive note for the club, newly signed 19-year-old striker and leading club goalscorer Wayne Rooney was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

United also ended Arsenal’s record-breaking 49-game unbeaten league run with a 2–0 home win in late October.

Pre-season and friendlies

 

Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
18 July 2004 Cobh Ramblers A 2–1 Timm 18′, Cooper 84′ 7,000
25 July 2004 Bayern Munich N 0–0

(2–4p)

58,121
28 July 2004 Celtic N 1–2 Smith 35′ 55,421
31 July 2004 Milan N 1–1

(8–9p)

Scholes 33′ 74,511
3 August 2004 PSV Eindhoven H 1–0 Silvestre 29,479
5 August 2004 Urawa Red Diamonds H A–A Match abandoned due to bad weather
17 August 2004 Burnley A 3–1 Scholes 30′, P. Neville 38′, Eagles 47′ 8,814

FA Community Shield

Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
8 August 2004 Arsenal N 1–3 Smith 55′ 63,317

FA Premier League

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Date Opponents H/A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance League

position

15 August 2004 Chelsea A 0–1 41,813 17th
21 August 2004 Norwich City H 2–1 Bellion 32′, Smith 50′ 67,812 8th
28 August 2004 Blackburn Rovers A 1–1 Smith 90′ 26,155 11th
30 August 2004 Everton H 0–0 67,803 9th
11 September 2004 Bolton Wanderers A 2–2 Heinze 44′, Bellion 90′ 27,766 11th
20 September 2004 Liverpool H 2–1 Silvestre (2) 20′, 66′ 67,857 8th
25 September 2004 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 Van Nistelrooy 42′ (pen.) 36,103 5th
3 October 2004 Middlesbrough H 1–1 Smith 81′ 67,988 4th
16 October 2004 Birmingham City A 0–0 29,221 6th
24 October 2004 Arsenal H 2–0 Van Nistelrooy 73′ (pen.), Rooney 90′ 67,862 5th
30 October 2004 Portsmouth A 0–2 20,190 7th
7 November 2004 Manchester City H 0–0 67,863 7th
14 November 2004 Newcastle United A 3–1 Rooney (2) 7′, 90′, Van Nistelrooy 74′ (pen.) 52,320 7th
20 November 2004 Charlton Athletic H 2–0 Giggs 41′, Scholes 50′ 67,704 6th
27 November 2004 West Bromwich Albion A 3–0 Scholes (2) 53′, 82′, Van Nistelrooy 72′ 27,709 4th
4 December 2004 Southampton H 3–0 Scholes 53′, Rooney 58′, Ronaldo 87′ 67,921 4th
13 December 2004 Fulham A 1–1 Smith 33′ 21,940 4th
18 December 2004 Crystal Palace H 5–2 Scholes (2) 22′, 49′, Smith 35′, Boyce 48′ (o.g.),O’Shea 90′ 67,814 4th
26 December 2004 Bolton Wanderers H 2–0 Giggs 10′, Scholes 89′ 67,867 4th
28 December 2004 Aston Villa A 1–0 Giggs 41′ 42,593 3rd
1 January 2005 Middlesbrough A 2–0 Fletcher 9′, Giggs 79′ 34,199 3rd
4 January 2005 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 67,962 3rd
15 January 2005 Liverpool A 1–0 Rooney 21′ 44,183 3rd
22 January 2005 Aston Villa H 3–1 Ronaldo 8′, Saha 69′, Scholes 70′ 67,589 3rd
1 February 2005 Arsenal A 4–2 Giggs 18′, Ronaldo (2) 54′, 58′, O’Shea 89′ 38,164 2nd
5 February 2005 Birmingham City H 2–0 Keane 55′, Rooney 78′ 67,838 2nd
13 February 2005 Manchester City A 2–0 Rooney 68′, Dunne 75′ (o.g.) 47,111 2nd
26 February 2005 Portsmouth H 2–1 Rooney (2) 8′, 81′ 67,989 2nd
5 March 2005 Crystal Palace A 0–0 26,021 2nd
19 March 2005 Fulham H 1–0 Ronaldo 21′ 67,959 2nd
2 April 2005 Blackburn Rovers H 0–0 67,939 3rd
9 April 2005 Norwich City A 0–2 25,522 3rd
20 April 2005 Everton A 0–1 37,160 3rd
24 April 2005 Newcastle United H 2–1 Rooney 57′, Brown 75′ 67,845 3rd
1 May 2005 Charlton Athletic A 4–0 Scholes 34′, Fletcher 44′, Smith 62′, Rooney 67′ 26,789 3rd
7 May 2005 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 Giggs 21′ 67,827 3rd
10 May 2005 Chelsea H 1–3 Van Nistelrooy 7′ 67,832 3rd
15 May 2005 Southampton A 2–1 Fletcher 19′, Van Nistelrooy 63′ 32,066 3rd
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
2 Arsenal 38 25 8 5 87 36 +51 83
3 Manchester United 38 22 11 5 58 26 +32 77
4 Everton 38 18 7 13 45 46 −1 61

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H/A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
8 January 2005 Round 3 Exeter City H 0–0 67,551
19 January 2005 Round 3

Replay

Exeter City A 2–0 Ronaldo 9′, Rooney 87′ 9,033
29 January 2005 Round 4 Middlesbrough H 3–0 O’Shea 10′, Rooney (2) 67′, 82′ 67,251
19 February 2005 Round 5 Everton A 2–0 Fortune 23′, Ronaldo 58′ 38,664
12 March 2005 Round 6 Southampton A 4–0 Keane 2′, Ronaldo 45′, Scholes (2) 48′, 87′ 30,971
17 April 2005 Semi-final Newcastle United N 4–1 Van Nistelrooy (2) 19′, 58′, Scholes 45′,Ronaldo 76′ 69,280
21 May 2005 Final Arsenal N 0–0

(4–5p)

71,876

League Cup

 

Date Round Opponents H/A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
26 October 2004 Round 3 Crewe Alexandra A 3–0 Smith 10′, Miller 57′, Foster 59′ (o.g.) 10,103
10 November 2004 Round 4 Crystal Palace H 2–0 Saha 22′, Richardson 39′ 48,891
1 December 2004 Quarter-final Arsenal H 1–0 Bellion 1′ 67,103
12 January 2005 Semi-final

First leg

Chelsea A 0–0 41,492
26 January 2005 Semi-final

Second leg

Chelsea H 1–2 Giggs 67′ 67,000

UEFA Champions League

Third qualifying round

Date Round Opponents H/A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
11 August 2004 Third qualifying round

First leg

Dinamo București A 2–1 Giggs 38′, Alistar 72′ (o.g.) 58,000
25 August 2004 Third qualifying round

Second leg

Dinamo București H 3–0 Smith (2) 47′, 50′, Bellion 70′ 61,041

Group stage

Date Opponents H/A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance Group

position

15 September 2004 Lyon A 2–2 Van Nistelrooy (2) 56′, 61′ 40,000 3rd
28 September 2004 Fenerbahçe H 6–2 Giggs 7′, Rooney (3) 17′, 28′, 54′, Van Nistelrooy 78′,Bellion 81′ 67,128 1st
19 October 2004 Sparta Prague A 0–0 20,654 2nd
3 November 2004 Sparta Prague H 4–1 Van Nistelrooy (4) 14′, 25′ (pen.), 60′, 90′ 66,706 2nd
23 November 2004 Lyon H 2–1 G. Neville 19′, Van Nistelrooy 53′ 66,398 1st
8 December 2004 Fenerbahçe A 0–3 35,000 2nd
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Lyon 6 4 1 1 17 8 +9 13
Manchester United 6 3 2 1 14 9 +5 11
Fenerbahçe 6 3 0 3 10 13 −3 9
Sparta Prague 6 0 1 5 2 13 −11 1

Knockout phase

Date Round Opponents H/A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
23 February 2005 First knockout round

First leg

Milan H 0–1 67,162
8 March 2005 First knockout round

Second leg

Milan A 0–1 78,957

Squad statistics

Manchester United squad picture 2004

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 Tim Howard 12 0 4 0 5 0 5 0 1 0 27 0
2 DF Gary Neville 22 0 4 0 1 0 7 1 1 0 35 1
3 DF Phil Neville 12(7) 0 4(1) 0 3 0 1(5) 0 0(1) 0 20(14) 0
4 DF Gabriel Heinze 26 1 4 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 39 1
5 DF Rio Ferdinand 31 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 42 0
6 DF Wes Brown 18(3) 1 6 0 3 0 6(1) 0 0 0 33(4) 1
7 MF Cristiano Ronaldo 25(8) 5 6(1) 4 2 0 7(1) 0 0 0 40(10) 9
8 FW Wayne Rooney 24(5) 11 6 3 1(1) 0 6 3 0 0 37(6) 17
9 FW Louis Saha 7(7) 1 0(2) 0 4 1 0(2) 0 0 0 11(11) 2
10 FW Ruud van Nistelrooy 16(1) 6 3 2 0 0 6(1) 8 0 0 25(2) 16
11 MF Ryan Giggs 26(6) 6 2(2) 0 1 1 6 2 1 0 36(8) 9
12 FW David Bellion 1(9) 2 1 0 3 1 2(1) 2 1 0 8(10) 5
13 GK Roy Carroll 26 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 34 0
14 FW Alan Smith 22(9) 6 0(3) 0 1(1) 1 3(2) 2 1 1 27(15) 10
15 MF Kléberson 6(2) 0 0 0 3 0 2(1) 0 0 0 11(3) 0
16 MF Roy Keane (c) 28(3) 1 4 1 1 0 6 0 1 0 40(3) 2
17 MF Liam Miller 3(5) 0 2(2) 0 2 1 3(2) 0 0 0 10(9) 1
18 MF Paul Scholes 29(4) 9 5(1) 3 1(1) 0 7 0 1 0 43(6) 12
19 MF Eric Djemba-Djemba 3(2) 0 2 0 4 0 5 0 1 0 15(2) 0
20 FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 FW Diego Forlán 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0(3) 0
22 DF John O’Shea 16(7) 2 3(1) 1 4 0 5 0 1 0 29(8) 3
23 MF Kieran Richardson 0(2) 0 1 0 3 1 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 5(4) 1
24 MF Darren Fletcher 18 3 1(2) 0 3 0 3(2) 0 0(1) 0 25(5) 3
25 MF Quinton Fortune 12(5) 0 5(1) 1 4 0 3(2) 0 1 0 25(8) 1
27 DF Mikaël Silvestre 33(2) 2 2(2) 0 2 0 7(1) 0 1 0 45(5) 2
28 DF Gerard Piqué 0 0 1 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 1(2) 0
29 DF Jonathan Spector 2(1) 0 1 0 0(1) 0 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 4(4) 0
31 MF David Jones 0 0 1 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0
33 MF Chris Eagles 0 0 1 0 1(2) 0 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 3(4) 0
35 GK Ricardo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 FW Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
42 FW Giuseppe Rossi 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
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