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2018–19 Manchester United F.C. season

The 2018–19 season was Manchester United's 27th season in the Premier League and their 44th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. The season was the first since 2005–06 without club captain Michael Carrick, who retired after the 2017–18 season and joined the club's coaching staff.[1] Assistant manager Rui Faria left the club at the conclusion of that season, with Carrick and Kieran McKenna replacing him as the club's first-team coaches.[2]

Manchester United
2018–19 season
Co-chairmenJoel and Avram Glazer
ManagerJosé Mourinho
(until 18 December)
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
(from 19 December as caretaker, from 28 March as permanent manager)
StadiumOld Trafford
Premier League6th
FA CupQuarter-finals
EFL CupThird round
UEFA Champions LeagueQuarter-finals
Top goalscorerLeague: Paul Pogba (13 goals)
All: Paul Pogba (16 goals)
Highest home attendance74,556
(vs. Bournemouth, 30 December)
Lowest home attendance55,227
(vs. Derby County, 25 September)
Average home league attendance74,498

A disappointing Premier League campaign saw the club finish in sixth place. United were also eliminated early in the EFL Cup, losing on penalties to Championship side Derby County in the third round. The club reached the quarter-final stage of both the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, but were eliminated by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Barcelona respectively. This resulted in United's first consecutive trophyless seasons in 30 years. On 5 May 2019, following a draw at bottom-placed Huddersfield Town, United confirmed their place in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, making it the fourth time they had finished outside of the top four in the league since 2014.

On 18 December 2018, with just seven wins in the first 17 league games, manager José Mourinho was sacked. His last game, two days earlier, ended in a 3–1 defeat to Liverpool.[3] The following day, former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season, assisted by former coach Mike Phelan, who had left the club in 2013 following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.[4] On 28 March 2019, Solskjær became full-time manager.[5]

Pre-season and friendliesEdit

United preceded their 2018–19 campaign with a tour of the United States. The first three games were announced on 3 April 2018, with the opposition provided by Club América, San Jose Earthquakes and Liverpool.[6] The club later announced that the tour would see them compete in the International Champions Cup.[7] In the 2018 competition, United played against Milan at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Liverpool at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Real Madrid at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.[8] Alexis Sánchez's arrival in the United States was delayed as he was not issued with a visa due to the 16-month suspended jail sentence he accepted in February for tax fraud during his time in Spain.[9] The final pre-season game saw Manchester United play away to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on 5 August.[10]

Date Opponents H/A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref.
19 July 2018 Club América N 1–1 Mata 78' 37,766 [11]
22 July 2018 San Jose Earthquakes N 0–0 32,549 [12]
25 July 2018 Milan N 1–1
(9–8p)
Sánchez 12' 21,742 [13]
28 July 2018 Liverpool N 1–4 A. Pereira 31' 101,254 [14]
31 July 2018 Real Madrid N 2–1 Sánchez 18', Herrera 27' 64,141 [15]
5 August 2018 Bayern Munich A 0–1 75,000[16] [17]

Premier LeagueEdit

MatchesEdit

The Premier League announced the fixtures for the 2018–19 season on 14 June 2018.[18]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance League
position
Ref.
10 August 2018 Leicester City H 2–1 Pogba 3' (pen.), Shaw 83' 74,439 7th [19]
19 August 2018 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–3 Lukaku 34', Pogba 90+5' (pen.) 30,592 9th [20]
27 August 2018 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–3 74,400 13th [21]
2 September 2018 Burnley A 2–0 Lukaku (2) 27', 44' 21,525 10th [22]
15 September 2018 Watford A 2–1 Lukaku 35', Smalling 38' 20,537 8th [23]
22 September 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–1 Fred 18' 74,489 7th [24]
29 September 2018 West Ham United A 1–3 Rashford 71' 56,938 10th [25]
6 October 2018 Newcastle United H 3–2 Mata 70', Martial 76', Sánchez 90' 74,519 8th [26]
20 October 2018 Chelsea A 2–2 Martial (2) 55', 73' 40,721 10th [27]
28 October 2018 Everton H 2–1 Pogba 27', Martial 49' 74,525 8th [28]
3 November 2018 Bournemouth A 2–1 Martial 35', Rashford 90+2' 10,792 7th [29]
11 November 2018 Manchester City A 1–3 Martial 58' (pen.) 54,316 8th [30]
24 November 2018 Crystal Palace H 0–0 74,516 7th [31]
1 December 2018 Southampton A 2–2 Lukaku 33', Herrera 39' 30,187 7th [32]
5 December 2018 Arsenal H 2–2 Martial 30', Lingard 69' 74,507 8th [33]
8 December 2018 Fulham H 4–1 Young 13', Mata 28', Lukaku 42', Rashford 82' 74,523 6th [34]
16 December 2018 Liverpool A 1–3 Lingard 33' 52,908 6th [35]
22 December 2018 Cardiff City A 5–1 Rashford 3', Herrera 29', Martial 41', Lingard (2) 57' (pen.), 90' 33,028 6th [36]
26 December 2018 Huddersfield Town H 3–1 Matić 28', Pogba (2) 64', 78' 74,523 6th [37]
30 December 2018 Bournemouth H 4–1 Pogba (2) 5', 33', Rashford 45', Lukaku 72' 74,556 6th [38]
2 January 2019 Newcastle United A 2–0 Lukaku 64', Rashford 80' 52,217 6th [39]
13 January 2019 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 Rashford 44' 80,062 6th [40]
19 January 2019 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–1 Pogba 27' (pen.), Rashford 42' 74,532 6th [41]
29 January 2019 Burnley H 2–2 Pogba 87' (pen.), Lindelöf 90+2' 74,529 6th [42]
3 February 2019 Leicester City A 1–0 Rashford 9' 32,148 5th [43]
9 February 2019 Fulham A 3–0 Pogba (2) 14', 65' (pen.), Martial 23' 25,001 4th [44]
24 February 2019 Liverpool H 0–0 74,519 5th [45]
27 February 2019 Crystal Palace A 3–1 Lukaku (2) 33', 52', Young 83' 25,754 5th [46]
2 March 2019 Southampton H 3–2 A. Pereira 53', Lukaku (2) 59', 88' 74,459 4th [47]
10 March 2019 Arsenal A 0–2 60,000 5th [48]
30 March 2019 Watford H 2–1 Rashford 28', Martial 72' 74,543 5th [49]
2 April 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 McTominay 13' 31,302 6th [50]
13 April 2019 West Ham United H 2–1 Pogba (2) 19' (pen.), 80' (pen.) 74,478 6th [51]
21 April 2019 Everton A 0–4 39,395 6th [52]
24 April 2019 Manchester City H 0–2 74,431 6th [53]
28 April 2019 Chelsea H 1–1 Mata 11' 74,526 6th [54]
5 May 2019 Huddersfield Town A 1–1 McTominay 8' 24,263 6th [55]
12 May 2019 Cardiff City H 0–2 74,457 6th [56]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 23 2 13 67 39 +28 71 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
5 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 73 51 +22 70 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
6 Manchester United 38 19 9 10 65 54 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 16 9 13 47 46 +1 57 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
8 Everton 38 15 9 14 54 46 +8 54
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Since the winners of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup, Manchester City, qualified for the Champions League, the spot given to the FA Cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team and the spot given to the League Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team.

FA CupEdit

As one of the 20 teams in the Premier League, Manchester United entered the FA Cup in the Third Round. The draw was made on 3 December 2018 and paired United with Reading, whom they had faced at the same stage two seasons earlier, when they won 4–0.[57] United won the match 2–0; Juan Mata opened the scoring from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee ruled that Omar Richards had tripped Juan Mata in the penalty area, and another goal from Romelu Lukaku. 19-year-old winger Tahith Chong made his FA Cup debut, replacing Juan Mata in the 62nd minute.[58] The draw for the Fourth Round was made on 7 January 2019 and United were drawn away to Arsenal;[59] the last time the two sides had met in the FA Cup was in the Sixth Round of the 2014–15 season, when Arsenal won 2–1 at Old Trafford.[60] This time Manchester United won 3–1; two goals in two minutes from former Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez and Jesse Lingard put United 2–0 up with just over half an hour played, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got one back for the Gunners shortly before half-time. Anthony Martial then came off the bench to seal the win for United with their third goal in the 82nd minute.[61] The draw for the Fifth Round was made on 28 January 2019 and United were drawn away to Chelsea, whom they had faced in the final the previous season.[62] Goals from Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera before half-time sealed a 2–0 win for United.[63] They were then drawn away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals. Goals from Raúl Jiménez and Diogo Jota gave Wolves a 2–1 win and a place in the semi-finals, with Marcus Rashford scoring a consolation goal for United in the 95th minute.[64]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref.
5 January 2019 Round 3 Reading H 2–0 Mata 22' (pen.), Lukaku 45+4' 73,918 [65]
25 January 2019 Round 4 Arsenal A 3–1 Sánchez 31', Lingard 33', Martial 82' 59,571 [66]
18 February 2019 Round 5 Chelsea A 2–0 Herrera 31', Pogba 45' 40,562 [67]
16 March 2019 Quarter-finals Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 Rashford 90+5' 31,004 [68]

EFL CupEdit

The draw for the third round of the EFL Cup was made on 30 August 2018, with Manchester United drawn at home to Derby County.[69]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref.
25 September 2018 Round 3 Derby County H 2–2
(7–8p)
Mata 3', Fellaini 90+5' 55,227 [70]

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League was made in Monaco on 30 August 2018.[71]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Group
position
Ref.
19 September 2018 Young Boys A 3–0 Pogba 35', 44' (pen.), Martial 66' 31,120 1st [72]
2 October 2018 Valencia H 0–0 73,569 2nd [73]
23 October 2018 Juventus H 0–1 73,946 2nd [74]
7 November 2018 Juventus A 2–1 Mata 86', Bonucci 90' (o.g.) 41,470 2nd [75]
27 November 2018 Young Boys H 1–0 Fellaini 90+1' 72,876 2nd [76]
12 December 2018 Valencia A 1–2 Rashford 87' 36,544 2nd [77]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Juventus 6 4 0 2 9 4 +5 12 Advance to knockout phase
2   Manchester United 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
3   Valencia 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8 Transfer to Europa League
4   Young Boys 6 1 1 4 4 12 −8 4
Source: UEFA

Knockout phaseEdit

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 17 December 2018, 12:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[78] After finishing second in their group and progressing to the round of 16, United were drawn against French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the first competitive meeting between the two sides.[78] In the first leg at Old Trafford, goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappé gave PSG a 2–0 lead to take back to the Parc des Princes.[79] Needing to score three times to progress, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for United in the second minute of the second leg, before Juan Bernat restored PSG's two-goal aggregate lead less than 10 minutes later. Lukaku then scored again after half an hour, to bring United within a goal of the quarter-finals. Former Manchester United midfielder Ángel Di María had the ball in the back of the net early in the second half, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, and Bernat hit the post late on after Mbappé had rounded David de Gea. In the 90th minute, referee Damir Skomina awarded United a penalty after using a VAR review to adjudge Kimpembe to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Marcus Rashford scored the spot-kick to make it 3–3 on aggregate and send United through to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule; this made them the first team in Champions League history to progress after losing by at least two goals at home in the first leg.[80] Solskjær gave 17-year-old forward Mason Greenwood and 19-year-old winger Tahith Chong their European debuts, the former also playing his first senior game.[80]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 15 March 2019,[81] with United paired with Barcelona. Both United and Manchester City were originally drawn to play their home legs in the same week; as United finished lower in the league the previous season, their tie was reversed. The first leg was played at Old Trafford on 10 April 2019. Barcelona won 1–0 thanks to an own goal by Luke Shaw that was originally ruled out for offside; the decision was later overturned after a VAR review. The second leg was played at Camp Nou on 16 April, with two goals from Lionel Messi and another from former Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho giving the Spanish side a 3–0 win on the night, 4–0 on aggregate.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref.
12 February 2019 Round of 16
First leg
Paris Saint-Germain H 0–2 74,054 [82]
6 March 2019 Round of 16
Second leg
Paris Saint-Germain A 3–1 Lukaku (2) 2', 30', Rashford 90+4' (pen.) 47,441 [83]
10 April 2019 Quarter-finals
First leg
Barcelona H 0–1 74,093 [84]
16 April 2019 Quarter-finals
Second leg
Barcelona A 0–3 96,708 [85]

Treble ReunionEdit

A week after the final week of the Premier League, Manchester United legends faced Bayern Munich legends in a charity rematch of the 1999 Champions League Final in aid of the Manchester United Foundation. The event celebrated twenty years since the treble win in 1999.[86][87][88][89]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref.
26 May 2019 Bayern Munich Legends H 5–0 Solskjær 5', Yorke 30', Butt 79', Saha 85', Beckham 85' 61,175 [90]

Squad statisticsEdit

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals    
1 GK   David de Gea 38 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 47 0 1 0
2 DF   Victor Lindelöf 29(1) 1 3 0 0 0 7 0 39(1) 1 3 0
3 DF   Eric Bailly 8(4) 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 14(4) 0 1 1
4 DF   Phil Jones 15(3) 0 1(1) 0 1 0 3 0 20(4) 0 1 0
6 MF   Paul Pogba 34(1) 13 3 1 0 0 8(1) 2 45(2) 16 7 1
7 FW   Alexis Sánchez 9(11) 1 2(1) 1 0 0 2(2) 0 13(14) 2 3 0
8 MF   Juan Mata 16(6) 3 2(1) 1 1 1 2(4) 1 21(11) 6 3 0
9 FW   Romelu Lukaku 22(10) 12 3 1 1 0 6(3) 2 32(13) 15 5 0
10 FW   Marcus Rashford 26(7) 10 2(2) 1 0 0 8(2) 2 36(11) 13 6 1
11 FW   Anthony Martial 18(9) 10 1(1) 1 1 0 6(2) 1 26(12) 12 3 0
12 DF   Chris Smalling 24 1 2 0 0 0 8 0 34 1 2 0
13 GK   Lee Grant 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
14 MF   Jesse Lingard 19(8) 4 2 1 1 0 4(2) 0 26(10) 5 6 0
15 MF   Andreas Pereira 6(9) 1 1(2) 0 0 0 2(2) 0 9(13) 1 5 0
16 DF   Marcos Rojo 2(3) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3(3) 0 2 0
17 MF   Fred 13(4) 1 1 0 0(1) 0 6 0 20(5) 1 3 0
18 DF   Ashley Young 28(2) 2 3 0 1 0 6(1) 0 38(3) 2 13 1
20 DF   Diogo Dalot 12(4) 0 2 0 1 0 2(2) 0 17(6) 0 4 0
21 MF   Ander Herrera 16(6) 2 3 1 1 0 2 0 22(6) 3 7 0
22 GK   Sergio Romero 0 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 1
23 DF   Luke Shaw 29 1 3 0 0 0 8 0 40 1 14 0
24 DF   Timothy Fosu-Mensah 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF   Antonio Valencia (c) 5(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 8(1) 0 4 0
27 MF   Marouane Fellaini 6(8) 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 1 3(2) 1 9(12) 2 1 0
31 MF   Nemanja Matić 28 1 3 0 1 0 6 0 38 1 12 1
36 DF   Matteo Darmian 5(1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6(1) 0 0 0
37 MF   James Garner 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
38 DF   Axel Tuanzebe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 MF   Scott McTominay 9(7) 2 1(2) 0 0 0 3 0 13(9) 2 1 0
40 GK   Joel Castro Pereira 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 FW   Tahith Chong 0(2) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(4) 0 1 0
45 GK   Kieran O'Hara 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 FW   Joshua Bohui 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 MF   Angel Gomes 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0
48 MF   Ethan Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
51 GK   Matěj Kovář 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
53 DF   Brandon Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
54 FW   Mason Greenwood 1(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 1(3) 0 0 0
59 DF   Lee O'Connor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 0 0 0 1 1

Statistics accurate as of 12 May 2019.[91]

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Date Pos. Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2018[a] DF   Diogo Dalot   Porto Undisclosed[b] [92]
1 July 2018[c] MF   Fred   Shakhtar Donetsk Undisclosed[d] [94]
3 July 2018 GK   Lee Grant   Stoke City Undisclosed[e] [97]
28 November 2018 GK   Paul Woolston   Newcastle United Free [98]

OutEdit

Date Pos. Name To Fee Ref.
15 June 2018 MF   Indy Boonen   KV Oostende Free [99]
30 June 2018 MF   Michael Carrick Retired [100]
GK   Max Johnstone Released[f] [102]
MF   Tosin Kehinde Released[g] [103]
DF   Jake Kenyon Released [102]
GK   Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui Released[h] [102]
MF   Devonte Redmond Released[i] [102]
GK   Theo Richardson Released[j] [102]
DF   Joe Riley Released[k] [102]
MF   Charlie Scott Released[l] [102]
3 July 2018 GK   Sam Johnstone   West Bromwich Albion Undisclosed[m] [110]
17 July 2018 DF   Daley Blind   Ajax €16m[n] [111]
30 January 2019 DF   Ro-Shaun Williams   Shrewsbury Town Undisclosed [112]
1 February 2019 MF   Marouane Fellaini   Shandong Luneng Taishan Undisclosed [113]

Loans outEdit

Date from Date to Pos. Name To Ref.
1 July 2018 End of season GK   Dean Henderson   Sheffield United [114]
27 July 2018 21 December 2018 MF   Matty Willock   St Mirren [115][116][117]
28 July 2018 End of season DF   Cameron Borthwick-Jackson   Scunthorpe United [118]
2 August 2018 9 January 2019 GK   Joel Castro Pereira   Vitória de Setúbal [119][120][117]
6 August 2018 End of season DF   Axel Tuanzebe   Aston Villa [121]
9 August 2018 DF   Timothy Fosu-Mensah   Fulham [122]
13 August 2018 FW   James Wilson   Aberdeen [123]
15 August 2018 GK   Kieran O'Hara   Macclesfield Town [124]
28 August 2018 DF   Demetri Mitchell   Heart of Midlothian [125]
11 January 2019 MF   Ethan Hamilton   Rochdale [126]
18 January 2019 DF   Regan Poole   Newport County [127]
31 January 2019 MF   Zak Dearnley   Oldham Athletic [128]
31 January 2019 GK   Joel Castro Pereira   Kortrijk [129]
31 January 2019 MF   Tom Sang   AFC Fylde [130]
31 January 2019 MF   Callum Whelan   Port Vale [131]
31 January 2019 MF   Matty Willock   Crawley Town [132]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Deal agreed 6 June 2018[92]
  2. ^ Fee reported as £19 million[93]
  3. ^ Deal agreed 21 June 2018[94]
  4. ^ Fee reported as £47 million[95]
  5. ^ Fee reported as £1.5 million[96]
  6. ^ Joined Sunderland on 26 July 2018[101]
  7. ^ Joined Feirense on 1 August 2018[103]
  8. ^ Joined Anderlecht on 1 July 2018[104]
  9. ^ Joined Salford City on 31 January 2019.[105]
  10. ^ Joined Grantham Town on 31 August 2018.[106]
  11. ^ Joined Bradford City on 1 July 2018[107]
  12. ^ Joined Altrincham on 2 November 2018.[108]
  13. ^ Fee reported as £6.5 million[109]
  14. ^ Rising to €20.5 million if all additional clauses met

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