Manchester United in History

Events in Sport

  • 1958-02-01 Tommy Taylor scores 2 goals and Duncan Edwards 1, in Manchester United's 5-4 win vs Arsenal at Highbury; pair amongst 7 players killed 5 days later when team’s charter plane crashes at Munich airport
  • 1958-02-01 Manchester United beats Arsenal, 5-4 at Highbury in the team's last game on British soil, 5 days prior to the plane crash at Munich airport that killed 7 players
  • 1958-02-06 21 dead in air crash at Munich-Riem Airport; 8 players and 3 staff are from the Manchester United football team
  • 1964-12-22 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United striker Denis Law wins award for best European football player; beats Inter midfielder Luis Suárez and Real Madrid winger Amancio Amaro; first Scotsman to win the award
  • 1966-12-27 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins award for best European football player; claims award by a single point ahead of Benfica striker Eusébio
  • 1967-12-26 Ballon d'Or: Ferencváros forward Flórián Albert wins award for best European football player ahead of Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton and Celtic winger Jimmy Johnstone
  • 1968-05-29 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Bobby Charlton scores twice as Manchester United beats Benfica, 4-1; first English club to win the trophy
  • 1968-12-24 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's winger George Best wins award for best European football player ahead of teammate Bobby Charlton and Red Star Belgrade winger Dragan Džajić; first Northern Irish national to win the award
  • 1969-01-14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
  • 1971-12-28 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins award for best European football player ahead of Inter forward Sandro Mazzola and Manchester United winger George Best; first Dutch national and Ajax player to win award
  • 1991-05-15 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam
  • 1992-08-15 Striker Brian Deane scores both goals for Sheffield United in a season-opening 2-1 home win over Manchester United at Bramall Lane; first of Deane's goals is the first in EPL's inaugural season
  • 1993-12-28 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Italian striker Roberto Baggio is named Europe's best football player ahead of Inter forward Dennis Bergkamp and Manchester United striker Eric Cantona
  • 1994-05-14 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1995-01-27 Eric Cantona of Manchester United fined and banned from playing football after attacking a fan
  • 1997-08-03 Manchester United beats Chelsea 4-2 on penalties to win the Charity Shield, after a bad-tempered 1-all draw at Wembley

  • 1999-05-26 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona
  • 1999-10-03 Chelsea scores massive upset when they humble English Premiership champions Manchester United, 5-0 at Stamford Bridge; Gus Poyet sets the tone scoring after just 27 seconds; Nicky Butt is sent-off for United
  • 1999-12-21 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rivaldo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Manchester United midfielder David Beckham and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko

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2000-05-25 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Tiger Woods; Sportswoman: Marion Jones (rescinded); Team: Manchester United FC

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2001-05-19 Manchester United lose 3-1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane but win English Premier League title for the 3rd consecutive season
  • 2003-05-07 Arsenal thrash Southampton, 6-1 at Highbury to start Gunners' amazing English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak; ends 24 October, 2004 with 2-0 defeat at Manchester United

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2003-08-16 Cristiano Ronaldo (18) makes his debut for Manchester United and the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2004-05-22 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,350): Manchester United beats Millwall, 3-0; Ruud van Nistelrooy scores 2 and Cristiano Ronaldo 1 in Red Devils' 11th title win
  • 2004-10-24 Manchester United beats Arsenal, 2-0 at Old Trafford; ends Gunners' English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak
  • 2005-02-01 Arsenal’s English Premier League record 33-game unbeaten streak at home ends when the Gunners go down, 4-2 to Manchester United at Highbury
  • 2005-05-21 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,876): Arsenal beats Manchester United, 5-4 on penalties after 0 – 0 (a.e.t.); Gunners' 10th title
  • 2007-05-19 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116' winner for Blues' 4th title
  • 2008-05-21 UEFA Champions League Final, Moscow: Manchester United beats Chelsea, 6-5 on penalties after scores tied at 1-1 after extra time; first all-English final in the competition's history
  • 2008-12-02 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first award as best football player in the world; Barcelona forward Lionel Messi 2nd, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres 3rd
  • 2009-05-24 Manchester United wins 1-0 at Hull City Stadium to win English Premier League title for 3rd consecutive season, for a second time; equals Liverpool's record of 18 league titles
  • 2009-05-27 UEFA Champions League Final, Rome: Barcelona beats Manchester United, 2-0; first Spanish treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League
  • 2011-05-28 UEFA Champions League Final, London: FC Barcelona beats Manchester United, 3-1; 4th title for Barça
  • 2012-04-30 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history
  • 2012-05-13 Manchester City beats QPR 3-2 at City of Manchester Stadium to win English Premier League title on goal difference from Manchester United; Citizens recover from 2–1 down with 2 stoppage-time goals; first EPL title decided on goal difference
  • 2012-07-30 General Motors (Chevrolet) sign a record breaking 7 year $559 million sponsorship deal with EPL club Manchester United

  • 2013-04-22 Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/2013 English Premier League
  • 2013-05-08 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season
  • 2013-05-09 Everton Manager David Moyes is announced as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasts 10 months)
  • 2014-04-22 David Moyes is sacked as manager of Manchester United
  • 2014-05-19 Decorated Dutch coach Louis van Gaal confirmed as manager of Manchester United; Ryan Giggs named assistant, confirms retirement as a player at age 40 after 963 games and English record 22 major trophies
  • 2015-11-28 Jamie Vardy scores for Leicester City in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium; EPL record 11th consecutive game in which Vardy scores
  • 2016-05-21 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Manchester United beats Crystal Palace, 2-1 (a.e.t.); Jesse Lingard scores 110' winner
  • 2017-05-24 UEFA Europa League won by Manchester United 2-0 against Ajax in Stockholm

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2017-07-09 English international footballer Wayne Rooney announces he will leave Manchester United after 13 years to rejoin his original club, Everton

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • 2018-05-05 Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffers a brain haemorrhage and is hospitalised; recovers
  • 2018-05-19 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1-0; Belgian international Eden Hazard scores 22' penalty
  • 2018-12-18 Manchester United sacks high profile Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho; United in 6th place in EPL, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer new caretaker manager
  • 2019-11-19 EPL club Tottenham sacks high profile manager Mauricio Pochettino after disappointing start to season; replacement is higher profile ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
  • 2020-06-16 Support from Manchester United player Marcus Rashford and others forces UK Government to make U-turn on summer school meal vouchers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909-05-26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), born in Orbiston, Bellshill, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1926-06-01 Johnny Berry, English soccer right winger (4 caps; Manchester United, Birmingham City), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1994)
  • 1929-02-08 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Manchester, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1932-01-29 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Smithies, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1932-09-27 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1932-10-27 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1933-06-15 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1933-09-20 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1999)
  • 1935-04-01 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Rep Ireland; Manchester United 79 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1958)
  • 1935-09-20 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), born in Highfields, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1936-10-01 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), born in Dudley, Worcestershire (d. 1958)
  • 1936-11-01 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford, England (d. 1958)
  • 1937-10-11 Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, English soccer midfielder (106 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United) and manager (Preston NE), born in Ashington, England
  • 1939-03-18 Ron Atkinson, English soccer wing half, manager (Oxford United, Manchester United, Sheffield Wed, Aston Villa), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1940-02-24 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1941-07-24 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1942-09-18 Alex Stepney, English football goalkeeper (Manchester United), born in Mitcham, Surrey, England
  • 1946-05-22 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • 1951-04-11 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), born in Lesmahagow, Scotland (d. 1993)
  • 1951-12-15 Joe Jordan, Scottish football player (Manchester United), born in Cleland, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1952-06-26 Gordon McQueen, Scottish soccer player (Manchester United), born in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1954-08-02 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1957-01-11 Bryan Robson, English soccer midfielder, manager (90 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Middlesborough), born in Chester-le-Street, England
  • 1959-12-04 Paul McGrath, Irish soccer defender (83 caps Rep of Ireland; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in London, England
  • 1962-09-24 Mike Phelan, English footballer and coach (Manchester United), born in Nelson, England
  • 1963-11-01 Mark Hughes, Welsh soccer striker and manager (72 caps; Manchester United 256 games; Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Stoke City), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1965-06-30 Gary Pallister, English footballer (Manchester United), born in Ramsgate, Kent, England
  • 1966-04-02 Teddy Sheringham, English soccer striker (51 caps; Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall), born in London, England
  • 1969-01-23 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian soccer winger (17 caps Soviet Union, 6 caps CIS, 36 caps Russia; Manchester United, Rangers) , born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
  • 1971-10-15 Andy Cole, British footballer (Manchester United), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1971-11-03 Dwight Yorke, Trinidad & Tobago soccer striker (74 caps; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1975-05-02 David Beckham, English soccer midfielder (England 115 caps, Man U, Real Madrid), born in London, England
  • 1984-02-01 Darren Fletcher, Scottish soccer midfielder (80 caps; manchester United, WBA, Stoke City), born in Dalkeith, Scotland

Person of interestWayne Rooney

1985-10-24 Wayne Rooney, English soccer midfielder (England 119 caps, Man U, Everton), born in Liverpool, England

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • 1987-10-25 Darron Gibson, Irish football player (Manchester United), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1988-01-03 Jonny Evans, Northern Irish soccer defender (84 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Leicester City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1988-06-01 Javier Hernández, Mexican soccer striker (109 caps; Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1989-12-02 Matteo Darmian, Italian soccer full-back (36 caps; Torino, Manchester United), born in Legnano, Milan, Italy
  • 1993-03-15 Paul Pogba, French football player (Manchester United, French national team), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France
  • 1997-10-31 Marcus Rashford, English footballer (Manchester United), born in Wythenshawe, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1958-02-06 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958-02-06 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 26
  • 1958-02-06 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 25
  • 1958-02-06 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 28
  • 1958-02-06 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 24
  • 1958-02-06 Walter Crickmer, English soccer executive and manager (Manchester United), dies in Munich air disaster at 58
  • 1958-02-06 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1958-02-06 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United 79 games), dies Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958-02-21 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), dies from injuries sustained in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1993-10-04 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • 1994-01-20 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), dies from cancer at 84
  • 1994-09-16 Johnny Berry, English soccer right winger (4 caps; Manchester United, Birmingham City), dies from cancer at 68
  • 1999-03-06 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), dies at 65
  • 2005-11-25 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures
  • 2013-11-25 Bill Foulkes, English footballer (Manchester United), dies at 81
  • 2020-02-16 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), dies at 87
  • 2020-06-08 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), dies at 78