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2013/14 – Manchester United

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The 2013–14 season was Manchester United‘s 22nd season in thePremier League, and their 39th consecutive season in the top-flight of English football.

David Moyes began the season as United’s new manager after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired after 27 years in charge. He had actually been announced as the club’s new manager before the end of the previous season, but did not officially take over until 1 July 2013.

Despite winning the FA Community Shield, United were soon struggling in the league and endured some of their worst results since the end of the 1980s. In January, United were knocked out of their two domestic cup competitions, eliminated from the FA Cup at the first hurdle with a loss to Swansea City, as well as from the semi-finals of the Football League Cup after being beaten on penalties by Sunderland.

United fared better in Europe, topping their group in the group stage. They suffered a scare when they lost to Olympiacos in the first leg of the round of 16, but overcame the deficit in the second leg. United were ultimately eliminated during the quarter-finals in April, with Bayern Munich beating them 4-2 on aggregate.

On 22 April 2014, with four games remaining, Moyes was sacked as manager, less than a year into his six-year contract. His last game, two days earlier, had ended in 2–0 defeat at his old club Everton. 40-year-old player-coach Ryan Giggs was placed in charge for United’s remaining games, from which they collected seven points. A seventh place in the league was United’s lowest finish since 1990 and meant that they had missed out on European qualification for the first time since 1989 (when English clubs were still banned from European competitions due to the Heysel disaster of 1985). The last time outside the Heysel ban era that United had missed out on a place in Europe was in 1981.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal was confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager on a three-year contract on 19 May 2014, with Giggs appointed as his assistant. On the same day, Giggs announced his retirement as a player after a career spanning nearly 25 years, during which he had played almost 1,000 competitive games for the club and won 22 major trophies.

Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
13 July 2013 Thai All-Star XI N 0–1 60,000
20 July 2013 A-League All Stars N 5–1 Lingard (2) 11′, 55′, Welbeck (2) 34′, 70′, Van Persie 87′ 83,127
23 July 2013 Yokohama F. Marinos A 2–3 Lingard 19′, Tashiro 30′ (o.g.) 66,372
26 July 2013 Cerezo Osaka A 2–2 Kagawa 54′, Zaha 90+1′ 44,856
29 July 2013 Kitchee N 5–2 Welbeck 16′, Smalling 22′, Fábio 26′, Januzaj 50′, Lingard80′ 40,000
6 August 2013 AIK A 1–1 Henríquez 68′ 30,012
9 August 2013 Sevilla H 1–3 Valencia 64′ 43,000

FA Community Shield

Date Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
11 August 2013 Wigan Athletic N 2–0 Van Persie (2) 6′, 59′ 80,235

Premier League

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Date Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance Leagueposition
17 August 2013 Swansea City A 4–1 Van Persie (2) 34′, 72′, Welbeck (2) 36′, 90+2′ 20,733 1st
26 August 2013 Chelsea H 0–0 75,032 4th
1 September 2013 Liverpool A 0–1 44,411 7th
14 September 2013 Crystal Palace H 2–0 Van Persie 45+1′ (pen.), Rooney 81′ 75,170 5th
22 September 2013 Manchester City A 1–4 Rooney 87′ 47,156 8th
28 September 2013 West Bromwich Albion H 1–2 Rooney 57′ 75,042 12th
5 October 2013 Sunderland A 2–1 Januzaj (2) 55′, 61′ 45,426 9th
19 October 2013 Southampton H 1–1 Van Persie 26′ 75,220 8th
26 October 2013 Stoke City H 3–2 Van Persie 43′, Rooney 78′, Hernández 80′ 75,274 8th
2 November 2013 Fulham A 3–1 Valencia 9′, Van Persie 20′, Rooney 22′ 25,700 8th
10 November 2013 Arsenal H 1–0 Van Persie 27′ 75,138 5th
24 November 2013 Cardiff City A 2–2 Rooney 15′, Evra 45′ 28,016 6th
1 December 2013 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–2 Rooney (2) 32′, 57′ (pen.) 35,884 8th
4 December 2013 Everton H 0–1 75,210 9th
7 December 2013 Newcastle United H 0–1 75,233 9th
15 December 2013 Aston Villa A 3–0 Welbeck (2) 15′, 18′, Cleverley 52′ 42,682 8th
21 December 2013 West Ham United H 3–1 Welbeck 26′, Januzaj 36′, Young 72′ 75,350 7th
26 December 2013 Hull City A 3–2 Smalling 19′, Rooney 26′, Chester 66′ (o.g.) 24,826 7th
28 December 2013 Norwich City A 1–0 Welbeck 57′ 26,851 6th
1 January 2014 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 Welbeck 67′ 75,265 7th
11 January 2014 Swansea City H 2–0 Valencia 47′, Welbeck 59′ 75,035 7th
19 January 2014 Chelsea A 1–3 Hernández 78′ 41,465 7th
28 January 2014 Cardiff City H 2–0 Van Persie 6′, Young 59′ 75,301 7th
1 February 2014 Stoke City A 1–2 Van Persie 47′ 26,547 7th
9 February 2014 Fulham H 2–2 Van Persie 78′, Carrick 80′ 74,966 7th
12 February 2014 Arsenal A 0–0 60,021 7th
22 February 2014 Crystal Palace A 2–0 Van Persie 62′ (pen.), Rooney 68′ 24,571 7th
8 March 2014 West Bromwich Albion A 3–0 Jones 34′, Rooney 65′, Welbeck 82′ 26,184 6th
16 March 2014 Liverpool H 0–3 75,225 7th
22 March 2014 West Ham United A 2–0 Rooney (2) 8′, 33′ 34,237 7th
25 March 2014 Manchester City H 0–3 75,203 7th
29 March 2014 Aston Villa H 4–1 Rooney (2) 20′, 45′ (pen.), Mata 57′,Hernández 90+1′ 75,368 7th
5 April 2014 Newcastle United A 4–0 Mata (2) 39′, 50′, Hernández 64′, Januzaj90+3′ 52,081 6th
20 April 2014 Everton A 0–2 39,436 7th
26 April 2014 Norwich City H 4–0 Rooney (2) 41′ (pen.), 48′ Mata (2) 63′, 73′ 75,208 7th
3 May 2014 Sunderland H 0–1 75,347 7th
6 May 2014 Hull City H 3–1 Wilson (2) 31′, 61′ Van Persie 86′ 75,341 7th
11 May 2014 Southampton A 1–1 Mata 54′ 31,372 7th
Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
5 Everton 38 21 9 8 61 39 +22 72 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage
6 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 6 11 55 51 +4 69 2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round
7 Manchester United 38 19 7 12 64 43 +21 64
8 Southampton 38 15 11 12 54 46 +8 56
9 Stoke City 38 13 11 14 45 52 −7 50

(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
5 January 2014 Round 3 Swansea City H 1–2 Hernández 16′ 73,910

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
25 September 2013 Round 3 Liverpool H 1–0 Hernández 46′ 65,701
29 October 2013 Round 4 Norwich City H 4–0 Hernández (2) 20′ (pen.), 54′, Jones 88′, Fábio90+5′ 58,663
18 December 2013 Round 5 Stoke City A 2–0 Young 62′, Evra 78′ 25,928
7 January 2014 Semi-finalFirst leg Sunderland A 1–2 Vidić 51′ 31,547
22 January 2014 Semi-finalSecond leg Sunderland H 2–1 (a.e.t.)(1–2p) Evans 37′, Hernández 120+1′ 71,019

UEFA Champions League

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Group stage

As Premier League Champions, United began their Champions League campaign in the group stage. Courtesy of their UEFA coefficient, they were seeded in Pot 1 for the draw, which took place in Monaco on 29 August 2013. United were drawn into Group A, along with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen from Germany, and Real Sociedad from Spain.

Manchester United were previously drawn with Bayer Leverkusen in both 2001–02 and 2002–03, while Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad were new opponents.

United’s first UEFA Champions League group game was at home against Bayer Leverkusen on 17 September 2013, which ended in a 4–2 win after Rooney double and a strike apiece from Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia. The game marked Moyes’ first UEFA Champions League group stage game and Rooney’s 200th goal in all competitions for United.

Date Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance Groupposition
17 September 2013 Bayer Leverkusen H 4–2 Rooney (2) 22′, 70′, Van Persie 59′, Valencia 79′ 74,000 1st
2 October 2013 Shakhtar Donetsk A 1–1 Welbeck 18′ 51,555 1st
23 October 2013 Real Sociedad H 1–0 I. Martínez 2′ (o.g.) 74,654 1st
5 November 2013 Real Sociedad A 0–0 30,998 1st
27 November 2013 Bayer Leverkusen A 5–0 Valencia 22′, Spahić 30′ (o.g.), Evans 66′, Smalling77′, Nani 88′ 29,412 1st
10 December 2013 Shakhtar Donetsk H 1–0 Jones 67′ 75,000 1st
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Manchester United 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 9 10 −1 10
Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8
Real Sociedad 6 0 1 5 1 10 −9 1

Knockout phase

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
25 February 2014 Round of 16First leg Olympiacos A 0–2 29,815
19 March 2014 Round of 16Second leg Olympiacos H 3–0 Van Persie 25′ (pen.), 45+1′, 51′ 74,662
1 April 2014 Quarter FinalFirst leg Bayern Munich H 1–1 Vidić 58′ 75,199
9 April 2014 Quarter FinalSecond leg Bayern Munich A 1–3 Evra 57′ 67,300

Squad statistics

Manchester United squad picture 2013/14

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK David de Gea 37 0 0 0 4 0 10 0 1 0 52 0 1 0
2 DF Rafael 18(1) 0 0 0 5 0 4 0 1 0 28(1) 0 6 0
3 DF Patrice Evra 33 1 0 0 2(1) 1 8 1 1 0 44(1) 3 6 0
4 DF Phil Jones 26 1 0 0 3(1) 1 6(2) 1 1 0 36(3) 3 8 0
5 DF Rio Ferdinand 12(2) 0 1 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 21(2) 0 2 0
6 DF Jonny Evans 17 0 1 0 4 1 3 1 0 0 25 2 0 0
8 MF Anderson 2(2) 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 3(5) 0 0 0
8 MF Juan Mata 14(1) 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14(1) 6 0 0
10 FW Wayne Rooney 27(2) 17 0 0 1(1) 0 9 2 0 0 37(3) 19 8 0
11 MF Ryan Giggs 6(6) 0 0 0 2 0 6(1) 0 1 0 15(7) 0 4 0
12 DF Chris Smalling 21(4) 1 1 0 3(1) 0 6(1) 1 0(1) 0 31(7) 2 3 0
13 GK Anders Lindegaard 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
14 FW Javier Hernández 6(18) 4 1 1 3(2) 4 2(3) 0 0 0 12(23) 9 2 0
15 DF Nemanja Vidić 23(2) 0 0 0 2 1 6 1 1 0 32(2) 2 6 2
16 MF Michael Carrick 26(3) 1 0 0 2(1) 0 7 0 1 0 36(4) 1 6 0
17 MF Nani 7(4) 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 9(4) 1 0 0
18 MF Ashley Young 13(7) 2 0 0 2 1 2(6) 0 0 0 17(13) 3 5 0
19 FW Danny Welbeck 15(10) 9 1 0 3(1) 0 4(1) 1 1 0 24(12) 10 2 0
20 FW Robin van Persie 18(3) 12 0 0 0 0 4(2) 4 1 2 23(5) 18 3 0
21 FW Ángelo Henríquez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 DF Fábio 1 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 1 0 0 0 0 1(2) 1 0 1
23 MF Tom Cleverley 18(4) 1 1 0 3 0 2(2) 0 1 0 25(6) 1 5 0
24 MF Darren Fletcher 9(3) 0 1 0 1(2) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 12(6) 0 0 0
25 MF Antonio Valencia 20(9) 2 1 0 2(1) 0 9(1) 2 0(1) 0 32(12) 4 7 1
26 MF Shinji Kagawa 14(4) 0 1 0 2 0 6(2) 0 0(1) 0 23(7) 0 1 0
27 FW Federico Macheda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Alexander Büttner 5(3) 0 1 0 3 0 2(1) 0 0 0 11(4) 0 3 0
29 FW Wilfried Zaha 0(2) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2(2) 0 0 0
30 DF Guillermo Varela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF Marouane Fellaini 12(4) 0 0 0 0 0 4(1) 0 0 0 16(5) 0 3 1
32 MF Nick Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW Bébé 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF Tom Lawrence 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
35 MF Jesse Lingard 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF Marnick Vermijl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 DF Michael Keane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF Tom Thorpe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK Ben Amos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 DF Tyler Blackett 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 MF Adnan Januzaj 15(12) 4 0(1) 0 3(1) 0 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 19(16) 4 8 0
45 MF Davide Petrucci 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 FW James Wilson 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
48 FW Will Keane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
50 GK Sam Johnstone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 1 0 0 2 0 3
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