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2006/07 – Manchester United

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The 2006–07 season was Manchester United‘s 15th season in thePremier League, and their 32nd consecutive season in the top division of English football.

United enjoyed a much more successful season than the previous three seasons, winning the Premier League by a six-point margin over Chelsea. They also reached the final of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, losing to Chelsea and Milan respectively. However, for all their success in the major competitions, the club was unable to defend the League Cup title they had won in 2005–06, losing to Southend United in the Fourth Round.

Manchester United were not only dominant on a team level in 2006–07, but also on an individual level, with eight United players earning spots in the PFA Team of the Year, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo picking up no less than eight individual awards for his performances over the season and Sir Alex Ferguson winning the Premier League’s Manager of the Season award.

The 2006–07 season also marked the 50th anniversary of the Busby Babes‘ first foray into European competition. The event was marked by a charity football match, organised in collaboration with UEFA, who were commemorating 50 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome, against a team of the best players from Europe’s top clubs.

Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
15 July 2006 Orlando Pirates N 4–0 Solskjær (2) 4′, 43′, Richardson 57′, Seema 60′ (o.g.)
18 July 2006 Kaizer Chiefs N 1–0 Dong 83′
22 July 2006 Kaizer Chiefs A 0–0

(3–4p)

26 July 2006 Celtic A 3–0 Evans 8′, Scholes (2) 61′, 85′
29 July 2006 Preston North End A 1–2 Solskjær 85′ (pen.) 12,541
31 July 2006 Macclesfield Town A 2–1 Rooney 46′, Campbell 71′
4 August 2006 FC Porto N 3–1 Scholes 11′, Rooney 19′, Solskjær 73′ 25,000
5 August 2006 Ajax A 1–0 Giggs 76′
8 August 2006 Oxford United A 4–1 Solskjær 6′, Ronaldo (2) 13′, 58′, Fletcher 15′
12 August 2006 Sevilla H 3–0 Saha 63′, Ronaldo 88′, D. Jones 90′ 40,134
13 March 2007 Europe XI H 4–3 Rooney (2) 6′, 43′, Brown 9′, Ronaldo 35′ 74,343

Premier League

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Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance League

position

20 August 2006 Fulham H 5–1 Saha 8′, Pearce 14′ (o.g.), Rooney (2) 16′, 64′,Ronaldo 19′ 75,115 1st
23 August 2006 Charlton Athletic A 3–0 Fletcher 49′, Saha 80′, Solskjær 90′ 25,422 1st
26 August 2006 Watford A 2–1 Silvestre 12′, Giggs 52′ 19,453 1st
9 September 2006 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 Giggs 9′ 75,453 1st
17 September 2006 Arsenal H 0–1 75,595 2nd
23 September 2006 Reading A 1–1 Ronaldo 73′ 24,098 2nd
1 October 2006 Newcastle United H 2–0 Solskjær (2) 41′, 49′ 75,664 1st
14 October 2006 Wigan Athletic A 3–1 Vidić 62′, Saha 66′, Solskjær 90′ 20,631 1st
22 October 2006 Liverpool H 2–0 Scholes 39′, Ferdinand 66′ 75,828 1st
28 October 2006 Bolton Wanderers A 4–0 Rooney (3) 10′, 16′, 89′, Ronaldo 82′ 27,229 1st
4 November 2006 Portsmouth H 3–0 Saha 3′ (pen.), Ronaldo 10′, Vidić 66′ 76,004 1st
11 November 2006 Blackburn Rovers A 1–0 Saha 64′ 26,162 1st
18 November 2006 Sheffield United A 2–1 Rooney (2) 30′, 75′ 32,584 1st
26 November 2006 Chelsea H 1–1 Saha 29′ 75,948 1st
29 November 2006 Everton H 3–0 Ronaldo 39′, Evra 63′, O’Shea 88′ 75,723 1st
2 December 2006 Middlesbrough A 2–1 Saha 19′ (pen.), Fletcher 68′ 31,238 1st
9 December 2006 Manchester City H 3–1 Rooney 6′, Saha 45′, Ronaldo 84′ 75,858 1st
17 December 2006 West Ham United A 0–1 34,966 1st
23 December 2006 Aston Villa A 3–0 Ronaldo (2) 58′, 85′, Scholes 64′ 42,551 1st
26 December 2006 Wigan Athletic H 3–1 Ronaldo (2) 47′, 51′, Solskjær 59′ 76,018 1st
30 December 2006 Reading H 3–2 Solskjær 33′, Ronaldo (2) 59′, 77′ 75,910 1st
1 January 2007 Newcastle United A 2–2 Scholes (2) 40′, 46′ 52,302 1st
13 January 2007 Aston Villa H 3–1 Park 11′, Carrick 13′, Ronaldo 35′ 76,078 1st
21 January 2007 Arsenal A 1–2 Rooney 53′ 60,128 1st
31 January 2007 Watford H 4–0 Ronaldo 20′ (pen.), Doyley 60′ (o.g.), Larsson 70′,Rooney 71′ 76,032 1st
4 February 2007 Tottenham Hotspur A 4–0 Ronaldo 45′ (pen.), Vidić 48′, Scholes 52′, Giggs77′ 36,146 1st
10 February 2007 Charlton Athletic H 2–0 Park 24′, Fletcher 82′ 75,883 1st
24 February 2007 Fulham A 2–1 Giggs 29′, Ronaldo 88′ 24,459 1st
3 March 2007 Liverpool A 1–0 O’Shea 90+1′ 44,403 1st
17 March 2007 Bolton Wanderers H 4–1 Park (2) 14′, 25′, Rooney (2) 17′, 74′ 76,058 1st
31 March 2007 Blackburn Rovers H 4–1 Scholes 61′, Carrick 72′, Park 83′, Solskjær 90′ 76,098 1st
7 April 2007 Portsmouth A 1–2 O’Shea 90′ 20,223 1st
17 April 2007 Sheffield United H 2–0 Carrick 4′, Rooney 50′ 75,540 1st
21 April 2007 Middlesbrough H 1–1 Richardson 3′ 75,967 1st
28 April 2007 Everton A 4–2 O’Shea 61′, P. Neville 68′ (o.g.), Rooney 79′,Eagles 90′ 38,610 1st
5 May 2007 Manchester City A 1–0 Ronaldo 34′ (pen.) 47,244 1st
9 May 2007 Chelsea A 0–0 41,794 1st
13 May 2007 West Ham United H 0–1 75,927 1st
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 83 27 +56 89
2 Chelsea 38 24 11 3 64 24 +40 83
3 Liverpool 38 20 8 10 57 27 +30 68

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
7 January 2007 Round 3 Aston Villa H 2–1 Larsson 55′, Solskjær 90+1′ 74,924
27 January 2007 Round 4 Portsmouth H 2–1 Rooney (2) 77′, 83′ 71,137
17 February 2007 Round 5 Reading H 1–1 Carrick 45′ 70,608
27 February 2007 Round 5 Replay Reading A 3–2 Heinze 2′, Saha 4′, Solskjær 6′ 23,821
10 March 2007 Round 6 Middlesbrough A 2–2 Rooney 23′, Ronaldo 68′ (pen.) 33,308
19 March 2007 Round 6 Replay Middlesbrough H 1–0 Ronaldo 76′ (pen.) 61,325
14 April 2007 Semi-final Watford N 4–1 Rooney (2) 7′, 66′, Ronaldo 28′,Richardson 82′ 37,425
19 May 2007 Final Chelsea N 0–1(a.e.t.) 89,826

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
25 October 2006 Round 3 Crewe Alexandra A 2–1 (a.e.t.) Solskjær 26′, Lee 119′ 10,046
7 November 2006 Round 4 Southend United A 0–1 11,532

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

 

Date Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance Group

position

13 September 2006 Celtic H 3–2 Saha 30′ (pen.), 40′, Solskjær 47′ 74,031 1st
26 September 2006 Benfica A 1–0 Saha 60′ 61,000 1st
17 October 2006 Copenhagen H 3–0 Scholes 39′, O’Shea 46′, Richardson 83′ 72,020 1st
1 November 2006 Copenhagen A 0–1 40,000 1st
21 November 2006 Celtic A 0–1 60,632 2nd
6 December 2006 Benfica H 3–1 Vidić 45+1′, Giggs 61′, Saha 75′ 74,955 1st
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Manchester United 6 4 0 2 10 5 +5 12
Celtic 6 3 0 3 8 9 −1 9
Benfica 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7
Copenhagen 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7

Knockout phase

 

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
20 February 2007 First knockout round

First leg

Lille A 1–0 Giggs 83′ 41,000
7 March 2007 First knockout round

Second leg

Lille H 1–0 Larsson 72′ 75,182
4 April 2007 Quarter-final

First leg

Roma A 1–2 Rooney 60′ 77,000
10 April 2007 Quarter-final

Second leg

Roma H 7–1 Carrick (2) 11′, 60′, Smith 17′, Rooney 19′

Ronaldo (2) 44′, 49′, Evra 81′

74,476
24 April 2007 Semi-final

First leg

Milan H 3–2 Ronaldo 5′, Rooney (2) 59′, 90+1′ 73,820
2 May 2007 Semi-final

Second leg

Milan A 0–3 78,500

Squad statistics

Man Utd squad picture 2006

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Edwin van der Sar 32 0 3 0 0 0 12 0 47 0
2 DF Gary Neville (c) 24 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 33 0
3 DF Patrice Evra 22(2) 1 3(1) 0 0(1) 0 4(3) 1 29(7) 2
4 DF Gabriel Heinze 17(5) 0 6 1 2 0 7(1) 0 32(6) 1
5 DF Rio Ferdinand 33 1 7 0 0 0 8(1) 0 47(1) 1
6 DF Wes Brown 17(5) 0 6 0 2 0 7 0 32(5) 0
7 MF Cristiano Ronaldo 31(3) 17 6(1) 3 1 0 11 3 49(4) 23
8 FW Wayne Rooney 33(2) 14 5(2) 5 1 0 12 4 51(4) 23
9 FW Louis Saha 18(6) 8 2 1 0 0 5(3) 4 25(9) 13
11 MF Ryan Giggs (vc) 25(5) 4 6 0 0 0 8 2 39(5) 6
13 MF Park Ji-Sung 8(6) 5 4(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 12(8) 5
14 FW Alan Smith 6(3) 0 2(1) 0 2 0 1(3) 1 11(7) 1
15 DF Nemanja Vidić 25 3 5 0 0 0 8 1 38 4
16 MF Michael Carrick 29(4) 3 7 1 0 0 12 2 48(4) 6
17 FW Henrik Larsson 5(2) 1 3(1) 1 0 0 2 1 10(3) 3
18 MF Paul Scholes 29(1) 6 3(1) 0 0 0 10(1) 1 42(3) 7
20 FW Ole Gunnar Solskjær 9(10) 7 3(3) 2 1 1 2(4) 1 15(17) 11
21 FW Dong Fangzhuo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 DF John O’Shea 16(16) 4 2(3) 0 1 0 8(3) 1 27(22) 5
23 MF Kieran Richardson 8(7) 1 2(1) 1 2 0 0(4) 1 12(12) 3
24 MF Darren Fletcher 16(8) 3 3(3) 0 1 0 6(3) 0 26(14) 3
25 MF David Jones 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
27 DF Mikaël Silvestre 6(8) 1 2 0 2 0 3 0 13(8) 1
29 GK Tomasz Kuszczak 6 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
33 MF Chris Eagles 1(1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 1
34 DF Ryan Shawcross 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0 1(1) 0
35 DF Kieran Lee 1 0 0 0 0(2) 1 0 0 1(2) 1
36 DF David Gray 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
41 FW Phil Marsh 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
42 MF Michael Barnes 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0
49 MF Ritchie Jones 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
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