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2005/06 – Manchester United

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The 2005–06 season was Manchester United‘s 14th season in thePremier League, and their 31st consecutive season in the top division of English football.

After having finished in third place in both of the previous two seasons, the Red Devils improved slightly to finish the 2005–06 season in second place, despite finishing 8 points off the lead.

However, despite the improvement in their league form, United’s European form took a massive blow, with the club failing to reach the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1993–94. The club fared better in the FA Cup, reaching the Fifth Round, but their real success came in the League Cup, in which they beat Wigan Athletic 4–0 in the final. United became the first club in Premier League history to score 1000 goals, the milestone was reached on 29 October in the 4–1 defeat toMiddlesbrough at the Riverside, with Cristiano Ronaldo getting the goal.

The 2005–06 season also saw the departure of club captain Roy Keane, who had been at Old Trafford since 1993. Keane played his last game for the club on 18 September 2005 in a goalless draw with Liverpool, but was forced to withdraw from the match only a couple of minutes before full-time.

Remembering George BestIt was later revealed that Keane had picked up a foot injury and he eventually left the club for his boyhood team Celtic on 18 November 2005. Keane was subsequently replaced as captain by his deputy, Gary Neville.

On 25 November 2005, just seven days after Keane left the club, United fans were plunged into mourning by the death of legendary former player George Best, who died at the age of 59.

Pre-season and friendlies

 

Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
16 July 2005 Clyde A 5–1 Kléberson 30′, Scholes 48′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 58′ (pen.), 85′,Miller 78′ 8,000
20 July 2005 Peterborough United A 6–0 Van Nistelrooy (3) 54′, 77′, 84′, Ronaldo 69′, 90′, Rossi 81′ 15,460
23 July 2005 Hong Kong XI A 2–0 Rossi 69′, Dong 73′ 33,971
26 July 2005 Beijing Hyundai A 3–0 Scholes (2) 40′, 43′, Park 48′ 24,224
28 July 2005 Kashima Antlers N 1–2 Giggs 7′ 33,971
30 July 2005 Urawa Red Diamonds A 2–0 Rooney (2) 50′, 65′ 58,389
3 August 2005 Royal Antwerp A 6–1 Van Nistelrooy (3) 12′, 27′ (pen.), 45′, Scholes 15′, Ronaldo32′, Fletcher 60′ 12,000
9 May 2006 Celtic H 1–0 Ronaldo 55′ 69,591

FA Premier League

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Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance League

position

13 August 2005 Everton A 2–0 Van Nistelrooy 43′, Rooney 46′ 38,610 4th
20 August 2005 Aston Villa H 1–0 Van Nistelrooy 66′ 67,934 4th
28 August 2005 Newcastle United A 2–0 Rooney 66′, Van Nistelrooy 90′ 52,327 4th
10 September 2005 Manchester City H 1–1 Van Nistelrooy 45′ 67,839 4th
18 September 2005 Liverpool A 0–0 44,917 3rd
24 September 2005 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 Van Nistelrooy 67′ 67,765 6th
1 October 2005 Fulham A 3–2 Van Nistelrooy (2) 16′ (pen.), 44′, Rooney 17′ 21,862 4th
15 October 2005 Sunderland A 3–1 Rooney 40′, Van Nistelrooy 76′, Rossi 87′ 39,085 3rd
22 October 2005 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 Silvestre 7′ 67,856 5th
29 October 2005 Middlesbrough A 1–4 Ronaldo 90′ 30,579 7th
6 November 2005 Chelsea H 1–0 Fletcher 31′ 67,864 4th
19 November 2005 Charlton Athletic A 3–1 Smith 37′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 70′, 85′ 26,730 3rd
27 November 2005 West Ham United A 2–1 Rooney 47′, O’Shea 56′ 34,755 2nd
3 December 2005 Portsmouth H 3–0 Scholes 20′, Rooney 80′, Van Nistelrooy 84′ 67,684 2nd
11 December 2005 Everton H 1–1 Giggs 15′ 67,831 3rd
14 December 2005 Wigan Athletic H 4–0 Ferdinand 30′, Rooney (2) 35′, 55′, Van Nistelrooy 70′ (pen.) 67,793 2nd
17 December 2005 Aston Villa A 2–0 Van Nistelrooy 10′, Rooney 51′ 37,128 2nd
26 December 2005 West Bromwich Albion H 3–0 Scholes 35′, Ferdinand 45′, Van Nistelrooy 63′ 67,972 2nd
28 December 2005 Birmingham City A 2–2 Van Nistelrooy 4′, Rooney 53′ 28,459 2nd
31 December 2005 Bolton Wanderers H 4–1 N’Gotty 8′ (o.g.), Saha 44′, Ronaldo (2) 68′, 90′ 67,858 2nd
3 January 2006 Arsenal A 0–0 38,313 2nd
14 January 2006 Manchester City A 1–3 Van Nistelrooy 76′ 47,192 2nd
22 January 2006 Liverpool H 1–0 Ferdinand 90′ 67,874 2nd
1 February 2006 Blackburn Rovers A 3–4 Saha 37′, Van Nistelrooy (2) 63′, 65′ 25,484 2nd
4 February 2006 Fulham H 4–2 Park 6′, Ronaldo (2) 14′, 86′, Saha 23′ 67,844 2nd
11 February 2006 Portsmouth A 3–1 Van Nistelrooy 18′, Ronaldo (2) 38′, 45′ 20,206 2nd
6 March 2006 Wigan Athletic A 2–1 Ronaldo 74′, Chimbonda 90′ (o.g.) 23,524 2nd
12 March 2006 Newcastle United H 2–0 Rooney (2) 8′, 12′ 67,858 2nd
18 March 2006 West Bromwich Albion A 2–1 Saha (2) 16′, 64′ 27,623 2nd
26 March 2006 Birmingham City H 3–0 Taylor 3′ (o.g.), Giggs 15′, Rooney 83′ 69,070 2nd
29 March 2006 West Ham United H 1–0 Van Nistelrooy 45′ 69,522 2nd
1 April 2006 Bolton Wanderers A 2–1 Saha 33′, Van Nistelrooy 79′ 27,718 2nd
9 April 2006 Arsenal H 2–0 Rooney 54′, Park 78′ 70,908 2nd
14 April 2006 Sunderland H 0–0 72,519 2nd
17 April 2006 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–1 Rooney (2) 8′, 36′ 36,141 2nd
29 April 2006 Chelsea A 0–3 42,219 2nd
1 May 2006 Middlesbrough H 0–0 69,531 2nd
7 May 2006 Charlton Athletic H 4–0 Saha 19′, Ronaldo 23′, Euell 34′ (o.g.),Richardson 58′ 73,006 2nd
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 38 29 4 5 72 22 +50 91
2 Manchester United 38 25 8 5 72 34 +38 83
3 Liverpool 38 25 7 6 57 25 +32 82

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 2006 Round 3 Burton Albion A 0–0 6,191
18 January 2006 Round 3

Replay

Burton Albion H 5–0 Saha 7′, Rossi 23′, 90′, Richardson 52′,Giggs 68′ 53,654
29 January 2006 Round 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–0 Richardson (2) 6′, 52′, Saha 45′ 28,333
18 February 2006 Round 5 Liverpool A 0–1 44,039

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
26 October 2005 Round 3 Barnet H 4–1 Miller 4′, Richardson 19′, Rossi 51′, Ebanks-Blake 89′ 43,673
30 November 2005 Round 4 West Bromwich Albion H 3–1 Ronaldo 12′ (pen.), Saha 16′, O’Shea 56′ 48,294
20 December 2005 Round 5 Birmingham City A 3–1 Saha (2) 46′, 63′, Park 50′ 20,454
11 January 2006 Semi-final

First leg

Blackburn Rovers A 1–1 Saha 30′ 24,348
25 January 2006 Semi-final

Second leg

Blackburn Rovers H 2–1 Van Nistelrooy 8′, Saha 51′ 61,637
26 February 2006 Final Wigan Athletic N 4–0 Rooney (2) 33′, 61′, Saha 55′, Ronaldo 59′ 66,866

UEFA Champions League

Third qualifying round

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
9 August 2005 Third qualifying round

First leg

Debrecen H 3–0 Rooney 7′, Van Nistelrooy 49′, Ronaldo 63′ 51,701
24 August 2005 Third qualifying round

Second leg

Debrecen A 3–0 Heinze (2) 20′, 61′, Richardson 65′ 27,000

Group stage

 

Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance Group

position

14 September 2005 Villarreal A 0–0 22,000 2nd
27 September 2005 Benfica H 2–1 Giggs 39′, Van Nistelrooy 85′ 66,112 1st
18 October 2005 Lille H 0–0 60,626 1st
2 November 2005 Lille A 0–1 65,000 3rd
22 November 2005 Villarreal H 0–0 67,471 3rd
7 December 2005 Benfica A 1–2 Scholes 6′ 61,000 4th
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Villarreal 6 2 4 0 3 1 +2 10
Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
Lille 6 1 3 2 1 2 −1 6
Manchester United 6 1 3 2 3 4 −1 6

Squad statistics

 

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Tim Howard 0(1) 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 5(1) 0
2 DF Gary Neville (vc) 24(1) 0 2(1) 0 5 0 3(1) 0 34(3) 0
3 DF Patrice Evra 7(4) 0 0(1) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 8(6) 0
4 DF Gabriel Heinze 2(2) 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4(2) 2
5 DF Rio Ferdinand 37 3 1(1) 0 4(1) 0 8 0 50(2) 3
6 DF Wes Brown 17(2) 0 4 0 5 0 3 0 29(2) 0
7 MF Cristiano Ronaldo 24(9) 9 1(1) 0 4 2 8 1 37(10) 11
8 FW Wayne Rooney 34(2) 16 2(1) 0 3(1) 2 5 1 44(4) 19
9 FW Louis Saha 12(7) 7 3(1) 2 5 6 0(2) 0 20(10) 15
10 FW Ruud van Nistelrooy 28(7) 21 2 0 1(1) 1 8 2 39(8) 24
11 MF Ryan Giggs 22(5) 2 1(1) 1 3 0 4(1) 1 30(7) 4
13 MF Park Ji-Sung 23(11) 1 1(1) 0 3 1 0(6) 0 27(18) 2
14 FW Alan Smith 15(6) 1 0(2) 0 1(1) 0 7(1) 0 23(10) 1
15 DF Nemanja Vidić 9(2) 0 2 0 0(2) 0 0 0 11(4) 0
16 MF Roy Keane (c) 4(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5(1) 0
17 MF Liam Miller 0(1) 0 0 0 1 1 0(1) 0 1(2) 1
18 MF Paul Scholes 18(2) 2 0 0 0 0 7 1 25(2) 3
19 GK Edwin van der Sar 38 0 2 0 3 0 8 0 51 0
20 FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær 0(3) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2(3) 0
22 DF John O’Shea 34 1 2 0 3(1) 1 7 0 46(1) 2
23 MF Kieran Richardson 12(10) 1 4 3 4(1) 1 2(3) 1 22(14) 5
24 MF Darren Fletcher 23(4) 1 2(1) 0 4 0 7 0 36(5) 1
25 MF Quinton Fortune 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF Phil Bardsley 3(5) 0 2 0 1(1) 0 2(1) 0 8(7) 0
27 DF Mikaël Silvestre 30(3) 1 4 0 4(1) 0 6 0 44(4) 1
28 DF Gerard Piqué 1(2) 0 2 0 1(1) 0 0 0 4(3) 0
40 FW Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
42 FW Giuseppe Rossi 1(4) 1 2 2 3 1 0(2) 0 6(6) 4
44 DF Adam Eckersley 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
46 MF Lee Martin 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
49 MF Ritchie Jones 0 0 1 0 1(2) 0 0 0 2(2) 0
50 MF Darron Gibson 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0

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