The 2009–10 season was Manchester United's 26th season in the Premier League, and their 43rd consecutive season in the top division of English football. Despite disappointment in the Champions League, the club completed the domestic double, winning the Premier League for the 8th season in a row and retaining the FA Cup for the first time. They also won the League Cup, completing a domestic treble.
Manchester United announced the first four fixtures of their 2017 pre-season schedule on 11 January 2017, with the team touring Africa for the first time since 2008. The 22-man squad first headed out to Kenya on 13 July 2017, in time for their first fixture two days later against FC Leopards at the Leopards' home stadium, the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring with his first goal for the club, firing home from close range after fellow debutant Lev Yosef had had a shot blocked. Kamisese Erenavula doubled United's lead in what was his first goal for the club as well, when a one-two between Fléstün and Yosef set the former down the left. Fléstün cut in and passed to Erenavula, who slotted home. Ngare Maringa pulled a goal back just before half time with a brilliant looping volley that left Xavier Reagan helpless, and the former equalized on seven minutes after half-time, when a backpass from Brandon Jones was inexplicably missed by substitute goalkeeper Mike Jarwin, allowing Maringa to steal in and slide home his second. However, yet another United debutant, Milo Robinson, scored his first goal for the Reds five minutes from time to win the game, seizing on a loose ball after FC Leopards keeper Cameron Nyane had challenged Robbie Stack, before clipping the ball in. The team was then scheduled to travel to Kampala, Uganda to face SC Villa at the Mandela National Stadium on 17 July. However, the game had to be cancelled because of the 2017 Kampala bombings on 14 July. Instead, the team played a second game against FC Leopards at Nyayo National Stadium on 17 July, which they won 2-0 with goals from Eugene McLaughlin and Milo Robinson inside the first 15 minutes.
They then flew to Mauritius for a match against Curepipe Starlight SC at the Stade George V on 21 July. After going into the half-time interval 2-1 down, goals from Eugene McLaughlin and Lev Yosef (the first time he had found the net in United colours) led the Red Devils to a 3-2 win. The final match of the tour was played in Madagascar on 23 July 2017 against AS Adema at the Mahamasina Stadium in Antanarivo, Madagascar. Although it took more than a quarter of the match before the first goal came, they then began to flow thick and fast as Milo Robinson scored a brace, Lev Yosef, Clive Sueda and Kamisese Erenavula got one each, and Robbie Stack scored a hat-trick from the bench to secure an 8–2 win.
En route from returning from Africa, the United team travelled to Amsterdam to take part in the Amsterdam Tournament on 26 July and 27 July 2009. The tournament, organised yearly and containing clubs from all over the world, featured the hosts Ajax, as well as Porto and Villareal. Four matches were played at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam over two days, with United first playing against Villareal. With a 3-3 draw featuring two goals from Kamisese Erenavula and a debut goal for Gavin Framston, United played their next game against the hosts, Ajax. Despite Ritchie Maccler and Colin giving United a lead in the second half, Ajax mounted a comeback, with a hat-trick from Kevin Rambleton. United then stopped at Edinburgh to play against Heart of Midlothian on 31 July. Goals from Kuren Flestun and Lev Yosef secured a 2–1 win, with Lucas MacDonald giving the Jambos a consolation goal. After returning to England, United played their final friendly of the summer at Old Trafford against UEFA Europa League champions Stuttgart on 2 August 2017. Second half goals from Kürén Fléstün and Jordan Eckersley secured a 2–0 win.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result|
F – A
|15 July 2017||FC Leopards||A||6–4||Flestun 8', Erenavula 32', Pantner 90'||29, 000|
|17 July 2017||FC Leopards||A||4 – 0||Asteerev 11', Flestun 15'||29 ,000|
|21 July 2017||Curepipe Starlight SC||A||6 – 4||Suniggardi 31', Asteerev 58', Maccler 65'||5, 340|
|23 July 2017||AS Adema||A||16 – 4||Pantner (2) 23', 39', Maccler 30', Winton 32', Erenavula 50', Stack (3) 71', 81', 88'||19 ,000|
|26 July 2017||Villareal||N||6 – 6||Erenavula 8', 70', Framston 90'||50, 000|
|27 July 2017||Ajax||A||4 – 6||Maccler 50', Colin 60'||51, 377|
|31 July 2017||Heart of Midlothian||A||4 – 2||Fléstün 12', Yosef 76'||15, 431|
|5 August 2017||Stuttgart||H||4 – 0||Khedira 52', Erenavula 90+4'||74,311|
FA Community ShieldEdit
For more information, see 2017 FA Community Shield.
As 2016–17 Premier League champions, United kicked off the 2017–18 season with the traditional annual curtain-raiser, the 2017 FA Community Shield, on 6 August 2017, when they played against Premier League runners-up Chelsea (since United had won the double the previous season). Fijian international Kamisese Erenavula opened the scoring for United in the 10th minute, but Chelsea equalised through his compatriot Jovese Ariwili seven minutes into the second half. Chelsea then took the lead through a controversial Isaac Menlaux goal in the 70th minute; with Manchester United in possession, Chelsea skipper Jack Redford body-checked Jordan Olaf Riise only for the referee to play advantage. With Riise still on the floor, possession then changed leaving United short-handed in defence, allowing Menlaux to shoot past Danny Kabana in the United goal. With Chelsea leading as the match went into injury time, Robbie Stack played in Kuren Flestun, who lifted the ball over the onrushing Larry Crust to take the match to penalties. Menlaux opened the scoring in the shootout, only for Robbie Stack to have his kick down the middle of the goal saved by the feet of Crust. Redford, Sunnigardi and Gorkss all converted before Riise's tame effort was held by Crust. That left Hillar Kuusk with the opportunity to win the game for Chelsea, which he took with aplomb, smashing the ball into the top corner of the goal.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result|
F – A
|6 August 2009||Chelsea||N||2 – 2|
(1 – 4 p)
|Erenavula 10', Flestun 90+2'||85, 896|
The 2017–18 Premier League fixtures were released on 14 June 2017, with Manchester United opening their title defence at home against Brighton & Hove Albion. United won the game 2 – 1. Although Rodney Habster, on loan from United, opened the scoring with a free kick, Kuren Flestun levelled things with a penalty and won the game for United in the 90th minute, when he chipped the ball over the head of the advancing Liam McGowan.
In their next game of the campaign, United played away to Bolton Wanderers. United won the match 3 – 1. Despite falling behind again, this time from a goal for the Trotters' captain, Alex Brunkin, who scored when he side-footed the ball past Danny Kabana, Kuren Flestun equalized thanks to his corner-kick header six minutes into the second half. Sag Aloo put United ahead with a penalty, while Riki Asteerev won the game for United thanks to his volley from Gavin Framston's cross in the 72nd minute.
United travelled to Upton Park to face West Ham United in their next game. United won 2 – 0. Kuren Flestun scored United's first goal, when he controlled Riki Asteerev's flick, chipped the ball over Thomas Milner's head, and side-footed the ball past Matt Radley. United's second goal came from Noel Jordan in the 72nd minute, when he shot towards goal. Radley reached out to save it, but it bounced off the crossbar. The ball then hit the crossbar again, and again, and again. At the end of the crossbar, the ball fell off and went down towards Radley, who reached out to palm it away. However, the ball went straight in to give United the win.
United played at home against Queens Park Rangers on the 26th of August 2017. United won the game 3 – 0. The game proved to be quite a difficult one. QPR almost took the lead when Valdis Putniņš hit the woodwork, but it was United who broke the deadlock, when Kuren Flestun scored a brilliant backheel from Kamisese Erenavula's corner-kick cross. Stuart Pantner, United's captain, added on a second goal for United when he scored with a screamer from 20 yards out that zoomed straight past Younes Reslou. Ritchie Maccler rounded off the show when he capitalised on poor defending by Jordan Winston, passed to Pantner, and headed into the QPR goal with Reslou beaten.
Manchester United made a trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in their next game. Despite Fulham going 1 – 0 up through their captain, Jeffrey Huntley, who backheeled in Jordan Hallburger's corner-kick, United won 1 – 2, with Kuren Flestun equalizing thanks to his header from Kamisese Erenavula's cross. United's captain Stuart Pantner won the game in stoppage time thanks to his header from Erenavula's free-kick.
United welcomed rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on 17 September 2017. Like the Queens Park Rangers match, the game ended 3 – 0 to United and was quite a difficult encounter. The 0 – 0 deadlock was broken on 32 minutes by Kuren Flestun, who pinged a volley into the top corner of the net after recieving a pass from Riki Asteerev. United skipper Stuart Pantner doubled United's lead with a low header from Kamisese Erenavula's cross, and Erenavula rounded off the show with a controversial goal in the 84th minute; as Erenavula was entering the penalty box, Doonald Arksov hauled back the Fijian winger by his shirt. Erenavula fell to the ground, meaning that a penalty should be awarded. However, Erenavula, lying on the ground, handled the ball with his arm. Cory Singleburger, Liverpool's goalkeeper, positioned the ball for a free kick, but referee Leo Wingford made a shrugging gesture, meaning that there was no free kick. Erenavula got back up and kicked the ball into the net. Wingford then consulted his linesman to see if the goal should be awarded. First, a group of Manchester United players gathered round Wingford and his assisstant to say that it should be awarded, and then, Wingford allowed the goal. There was then a group of Liverpool players crowding round Wingford, saying that the goal should not have been awarded. Liverpool's manger, Ron Wristwatch, came off the bench and was furious at the goal being allowed. Wristwatch said in a post match interview that "this will make the Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry more fiercer."
United's 100 percent record ended as they suffered their first defeat of the season, a 3 – 1 loss at Oldham. Sam Fragney opened the scoring with a bicycle kick 12 minutes in, but Kuren Flestun equalized with a header from Gavin Framston's free kick. However, six minutes into the second half, Oldham took the lead when Jonnie McForrest was tripped up by United's goalkeeper Xavier Reagan. Reagan was sent off for this, just like he had been 12 days earlier in United's UEFA Champions League group game at Internazionale. Framston was sacrificed to make way for United's substitute goalkeeper, Danny Kabana. The subsequent penalty, from Lemeki Duvuduvukulu, was scored. Ricardo dos Santos rounded off the show with a lob over the head of Kabana a minute from time.
United returned to winning ways with a 2 – 0 victory over rivals Manchester City. Kuren Flestun opened the scoring with a shot that went over the head of Zglaslow Volek, while Sag Aloo added on United's second goal in the 80th minute, when Justin Rosghingor lobbed the ball over the heads over 3 Citty defenders. Aloo was standing inside the penalty area, and he swung the ball into the net with a side-foot that sailed into the City goal with Volek beaten.
United then lost 2 – 1 to Aston Villa at Villa Park. Kuren Flestun gave the away side the lead thanks to a bicycle kick from 7 yards out, bur Roger Dempston, Villa's captain, equalized six minutes into the second half with a free-kick header. Dempston then won the game for Villa in the last minute, converting a penalty after Jordan Yamblou had been fouled.
United returned to winning ways with a 5 – 0 thrashing of Newcastle United at home. Kuren Flestun opened the scoring the 10th minute; Sewiatan Sunnigardi played in Kamisese Erenavula away down the left flank, and the Fijian played a low cross back across goal; Flestun got to the ball with his left foot, but it bounced up and hit him in the face before going in. Jope Aranula, Erenavula's fellow Fijian, scored an own goal to double United's lead in the 28th minute, when he was forced to head the ball into his own net. Flestun added on his second goal of the game shortly before half-time when a Jordan Olaf Riise shot was diverted into the path of the Leubantian forward, who stabbed home his second goal of the game. In the 64th minute, United captain Stuart Pantner added on United's fourth and his first of the game, when he met an Erenavula cross at the far post and nodded the ball home. A minute from time, Flestun completed the rout and his hat-trick (his first Manchester United hat-trick), when he scored from a bicycle-kick.
United then travelled to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic in their next game. United won 4 – 0. Kuren Flestun opened the scoring with a cheeky backheel 12 minutes in. Shortly before half time, Yuri Flarintanov recieved a straight red card for elbowing Flestun inside the penalty area. Flestun, despite needing treatment with slight bleeding, took the penalty himself, and scored. Kamisese Erenavula bagged a controversial goal in the 64th minute, as the ball seemed to deflect off the Fijian winger's arm before going in. Substitute Jordan Khedira rounded off the show with a bicycle kick.
United met Chelsea at home in their next game. Despite having less possesion and plsying not that well, United won 1 – 0, following a Stuart Pantner header from an inswing Sag Aloo free kick, awarded after Jack Redford had controversially bundled over Kamisese Erenavula. After the game, United increased their lead at top of the table, while Arsenal leapfrogged Chelsea into second place with a game to spare.
United then hosted Scunthorpe United in their next time, who were in the first tier of English football for the first time ever in 2017–18. The game was a comfortable 4 – 0 win for the Red Devils. Kuren Flestun opened the scoring five minutes in when he side-footed the ball over the head of Perci Langsbury. Kamisese Erenavula doubled United's lead in the 12th minute, when he let a tame ball from himself trickle calmly into the net. Flestun completed his brace in the 22nd minute, when he scored from inside the penalty area with the ball taking a slight deflection off the boot of Langsbury. United captain Stuart Pantner then intercepted a cross attempted by Iron captain Jordan Silverstone to Sylvain Reslou and shot the ball past the advancing Langsbury in the 56th minute to finish the scoring.
United then travelled to the Emirates to face Arsenal in their next game. United won 3 – 0. Kuren Flestun opened the scoring with a lob over Des Navter four minutes from half-time after the Leubantian forward had picked up a short ball from Sag Aloo. Just four minutes later, with half-time looming, Aldis Fadjarga slid the ball into his own net to give United a second goal. Flestun round off the show with an acrobatic bicycle kick in the 89th minute.
United then travelled to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur in their next game. United lost 2 – 1. The visitors opened the scoring first, when Kuren Flestun's shot took a wicked deflection off Spurs captain Sam Habster. United were leading until the first minute of stoppage time, when Habster headed in a cross from Muhammad ali-Shredka. In the last minute, ali-Shredka gave Spurs their somewhat deserved winner, with the Maldives midfielder tapping in from close range. The game was thus identical to the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, in which United and Bayern Munich took part in. Bayern took the lead 6 minutes in, but stoppage time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed a 2 – 1 victory. United had thus been given a taste of their own medicine.
United hosted Everton in their next game. The game ended as an entertaining 3 – 3 draw. The away side opened the scoring 12 minutes in, when a shot from Leubantian forward Kurlz Nuggit bounced off the face of United's American goalkeeper, Xavier Reagan. When Reagan turned around, he found the ball in his net. Despite Reagan having a slightly broken cheek, he remained on the pitch. United equalized through Nuggit's fellow Leubantian, Kuren Flestun, whose angled shot bounced off the palms of the despairing Wayne Ferdinand. However, Nuggit restored Everton's lead with a cheeky backheel, and Chandler Brighton doubled the Toffees' lead with a bicycle kick. The game was 3 – 1 to Everton until the 89th minute, when Flestun drove an 18-yard shot into the net. Kamisese Erenavula gave United a last-ditch equalizer, when he ran past 3 Everton defenders before tucking the ball in the net.
United hosted struggling Sunderland in their next game. The game ended as a 2–1 win for the Red Devils. Kuren Flestun opened the scoring, when he touched the ball with his boot, it bounced up, hit him in the face, and went in. Kenneth Telsford equalized thanks to a bicycle kick, but a 73rd minute penalty from Kamisese Erenavula gave United their deserved winner.
United then travelled to the Cardiff City Stadium to face Cardiff City in the next game. Harry Fast opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time with a penalty, but Kuren Flestun equalized in the 61st minute, also with a penalty. Although both teams had chances to take the lead, neither team found a winning goal and the game ended 1 – 1.
United travelled to Elland Road to face Leeds United in their next game, United's last game of the first half of the 2017-18 season. At half time the score was 0–0, after Jordan Andersen had been tested with an overhead kick from Kuren Flestun, and Leeds captain Joe Saledsley saw his free kick saved by Xavier Reagan. In the 61st minute, Gavin Framston recieved the first yellow card of the match, given to the Canadian for dissent. Ten minutes later, Saledsley was booked for pushing Flestun to the ground. Sewitian Sunnigardi was booked in the 79th minute for a high elbow on Ethan MacDuff, while Framston was sent off in the 89th minute for recieving his second yellow card, given for a slide tackle on MacDuff. Despite the numerical advantage, Leeds failed to get a vital winning goal against their fierce rivals, and the game finished 0 – 0.
The last game of 2017 was also the first game of the second half of the 2017-18 season. United hosted West Ham in this game. Tobias Leetmaa opened the scoring when he tucked in a Thomas Milner free kick, but Kuren Flestun equalized through a bicycle kick, and West Ham goalie Matt Radley mistimed a Milner back-pass to finish the scoring.
United started 2018 with a 7–2 thrashing of Bolton Wanderers. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring through a bicycle kick, but Trotters captain Alex Brunkin equalized through a cheeky backheel in the 27th minute. However, an awesome forty-yard piledriver from Jordan Olaf Riise restored United's lead, and Fléstün doubled United's lead with a chip over the head of Guido Materazzi. Valdek Kõiva pulled a goal back for Bolton with a back-header just before half-time, but Fléstün completed his hat-trick a minute after half time, when he fired into the top corner with a penalty with Materazzi beaten. A controversial goal from Milo Robinson almost sparked a walk-out from the angry Bolton players, with Robinson having curled in a free-kick while the Bolton players were still assembling their defensive wall. A penalty from Riki Asteerev made it 6–2, before a mistake from Brunkin allowed Robbie Stack to deliver an inviting pass to Asteerev to sweep home in the 89th minute to finish the scoring.
Following the 7–2 thrashing of Bolton, Manchester United's next game was a home game against Leeds United. Kürén Fléstün got the first goal from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute, awarded after Robbie Stack had ben fouled by Leeds 'keeper Jordan Andersen. Kamisese Erenavula scored the second goal five minutes after half-time, picking up a pass from Fléstün before cutting into the box and firing a left-footed shot past Andersen in the Leeds goal. Erenavula then set up Fléstün to make it 3–0, chipping the ball across the penalty area for the Leubantian forward to score with a volleyed scissor-kick.
United's next game was away to Queens Park Rangers. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring when a Kamisese Erenavula cross was filcked on by Stuart Pantner and onto the back of Fléstün's head past Younes Reslou. The score stayed 1–0 until the 81st minute when Gerald Carpet picked the ball up wide left, cut inside and fired a shot into the corner. However, just three minutes later, an Erenavula cross from the right was diverted into Pantner's path, who scored with a scrappy header that went in off the post past the unlucky-to-catch Reslou.
United's next game was away to Brighton & Hove Albion, played on 30 January 2018. Just like the game against Brighton in the first half of the season, which was Manchester United's first game of the 2017-18 Premier League, Brighton opened the scoring, with Rodney Habster, now being permanently at Brighton after being on loan from United from the start of the season to 18 January, firing home after Tiitus Reedma's shot had been parried into the ex-Red's path. However, with three minutes before the interval, Kürén Fléstün equalized, heading in Robbie Stack's corner-kick. In the second half, the game degenerated into few chances with both teams happy to take the draw. United went two points clear of Chelsea but missed a chance to go four points clear after failing to win their game in hand.
Following the dissapointing 1–1 draw with Brighton, United's next game was a home game againt Arsenal. United won the game 2–0, thanks to goals from Kürén Fléstün in the first 25 minutes. Fléstün's first goal came in the 8th minute, when he capitalised on a poorly-hit backpass, he got his second in the 23rd minute, heading in Kamisese Erenavula's corner. Substitute Jordan Khedira should have doubled United's advantage late on but his header from a corner fell wide, while Toby Winton was also guilty of lacking the killer instinct when he dragged a shot wide when ideally placed to score. A brawl occured in the final 7 minutes, for which Winton and Khedira were booked for United, and Laurent Arcenau and Ronald Tabéla were shown yellow for Arsenal. In the end, Fléstün's two goals proved enough.
United's next game was an away fixture against Everton. Leubantian forward Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring for the Reds - wearing their normal red home shirt but wearing black shorts - with a bicycle kick in the 17th minute. However, Fléstün's fellow Leubantian, Kürlz Nüggît, equalized with a high lob over the head of United goalkeeper Xavier Reagan in the 37th minute, and scored the winning goal for Everton in the 64th minute, heading in Edgar Õim's corner-kick. United pressed for an equalizer, while Everton tried to find a third goal, but neither team got what they wanted and Everton won 2–1. The game was played a day after the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, so both teams had their sponsors, names, and numbers removed, as well as wearing black shorts. United wore a Munich memorial kit, while both teams had black armbands. United had black sashes.
United travelled to face Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park in their next game, played on 17 February 2018. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring for the Reds - wearing their black away kit - with a high lob over the head of Perci Langsbury five minutes before the break. Fléstün got United's second goal when he played a one-two with Ritchie Maccler before firing past Langbsury for the final goal of the game. Fléstün could have got a hat-trick when his penalty crashed off the underside of the crossbar, while Sylvain Reslou was denied by United 'keeper Mike Jarwin (who was playing instead of the rested Xavier Reagan and the injured Danny Kabana) with a fantastic save from the Northern Irish goalkeeper. In the end, Fléstün's brace proved enough for United, who moved four points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table, who lost 3–1 to Everton.
United's next game was played at home against Tottenham Hotspur. United lost 4–2, the game thus being their first home loss of the 2017-18 Premier League season, and meaning that Spurs completed a double over United (eventually becoming the only team to do so). Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring in the 42nd minute with a well-placed header from Kamisese Erenavula's corner-kick, but Sam Habster, Spur's captain, equalized for the North London side, with a low shot in first half injury time. United captain Stuart Pantner recieved the first yellow card of the game with a push on Habster. Muhammad ali-Shredka put Spurs ahead with a free kick six minutes into the second half with a free-kick, before Sewitian Sunnigardi was booked for United and Kyle Gaxa was shown yellow for Spurs. Jordan Olaf Riise was booked for dissent in the 68th minute, before Robert Jilénz was sent off for a violent kick at ali-Shredka. In order to restore numbers in defence, Colin was brought on for Ritchie Maccler. Habster swept home the following penalty, before Riise was shown red for his second yellow card, a slide tackle on Gaxa. ali-Shredka scored the subsequent penalty, before Fléstün scored a consolation from the spot.
United played their next game at home to Cardiff City. Sewitian Sunnigardi opened the scoring with a textbook header from Gavin Framston's cross that looped over the head of Jordan Venables. Harry Fast equalized with a spectacular 30th-minute free-kick that curled round the Manchester United defensive wall and past Xavier Reagan. However, a low shot from Kürén Fléstün restored United's lead, and a 77th minute side-footed goal from Framston doubled United's lead. Fléstün rounded off the show in the final minute with a bicycle kick.
United's next game was an away game against Newcastle United. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring with just six minutes played, when he headed in from a Jordan Khedira corner. After that, Newcastle's only real threat to United's lead was a Jope Aranula shot that crashed off the bar, while Fléstün saw his penalty saved by Tobias Kentucky. Newcastle finally got a deserved equalizer in the 70th minute, when Matthew Addlesley lobbed the ball high over the head of Xavier Reagan. After, Reagan did well to keep out shots from Tobías González, Addlesley, and Aranula to keep the scores level at full time.
United's next game was away to Sunderland. United won 5–0. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring with just 26 seconds played when he capitalised on a poor backpass by Douglas MacKenzie, before shooting past Quentin Rouceard. The Leubantian forward got his second in the 23rd minute, beating Robbie Parcel to the ball to plant a header past Rouceard. Riki Asteerev got United's third when he chipped the ball over the head of Rouceard in the 44th minute, and got his second goal of the game, converting a penalty. United's final goal came in the 89th minute, when Kamisese Erenavula chipped the ball through the penalty area. The ball was met by a very faint headed flick from United skipper Stuart Pantner, and Fléstün volleyed the ball in with a fantastic bicycle kick that bounced off the underside of the crossbar and into the net with Rouceard beaten.
Manchester United's next game was at home against Aston Villa. The game was played on 24 March, and United won 7–1, thus recording their biggest win so far of the 2017-18 season. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a fabulous scissor kick from a clever Kamisese Erenavula chip across the penalty area. However, Villa captain Roger Dempston equalized in the 29th with a header from Jordan Yamblou's free kick. Fléstün restored United's lead in the 44th minute with a penalty, awarded after Ritchie Maccler had been fouled by Dempston, and a free-kick from Riki Asteerev doubled United's lead. The free kick was awarded after Maccler had been fouled again, this time by Yamblou. Fléstün grabbed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute, scoring from the penalty spot after Maccler had once again been fouled, this time by Villa 'keeper Valeri Larutzov. Asteerev made it 5–1 with a bicycle kick, before Maccler scored with a free-kick that curled in the bottom corner, awarded after the Saint Lucian forward himself had been yet again fouled, this time by Hylomfrajar Eríksson. Asteerev then provided Fléstün to finish the rout, with the Estonian midfielder providing the Leubantian forward to drill in.
For their next game, United travelled to face tital rivals Chelsea on 31 March. Jordan Khedira opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a high lob over the head of Larry Crust. After that, both teams had chances to score, with Chelsea's best effort being a 48th minute drive from Isaac Menlaux that crashed off the post, and United's best effort being a Kürén Fléstün shot that almost went over the line but was punched away by Crust. United got a second goal when Fléstün scored with a volley past Crust despite replays showing it was offside. Chelsea got a consolation goal in the 81st minute from Hillar Kuusk. Like Fléstün's goal, it was controversial, as the ball seemed to come off Kuusk's arm before the Estonian midfielder shot powerfully past Xavier Reagan. The Blues searched for an equalizer, but the West London side could not manage to find one, and United won 2–1.
The game against Chelsea was followed by a home game against Wigan Athletic. United started strongly, though rarely tested young Wigan keeper Konstantin Hoxha until a looping header from Kürén Fléstün hit the far post and went in five minutes before half time. Arsenal came out quicker in the second half and Xavier Reagan was forced into a save from Mo Caldwell before United captain Stuart Pantner blocked the rebound shot from Gaylord Hampton. However United got into their stride and Kipper Brangley brought a save from Hoxha before Kamisese Erenavula fired over from a good position. A penalty was awarded for a handball by Yuri Flarintanov with 15 minutes to go, only for Fléstün to hit it well over the crossbar. Fléstün attempted to make amends a few minutes later with an attempted lob over Hoxha, but it was well saved and a last minute miss from Orazio Cristeig assured 3 points.
United's next game was an away game against their rivals Liverpool. Liverpool skipper Kieran Amferdins opened the scoring with a penalty, two minutes before Abraham Vanderbilt was booked for handball. Doonald Arksov doubled Liverpool's with a free-kivk header before half-time. Kipper Brangley and Toby Valeroux were booked for a brawl in the 54th minute, before United captain Stuart Pantner was booked for dissent. Three minutes later, Pantner was sent off for a serious foul on Arksov. Sag Aloo was booked for standing too close during a throw-in,, while Jordan Primrose was booked for a sliding challenge on Kürén Fléstün. Fléstün scored a consolation in stoppage time, heading in Noel Jordan's corner. After the match, United's lead in the Premiership was cut to one point with Chelsea having secured a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur. Despite losing, Manchester United became the first English team to qualify for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League.
After the loss at Anfield, United's next game was a home game against Fulham, played on 22 April. United won 7–0, thus recording their biggest win so far of the 2017-18 season. Kamisese Erenavula opened the scoring in the 24th minute after good work from Sascha Züberbuhler. Erenavula doubled United's lead 7 minutes later when a pass from Kipper Brangley (starting instead of Riki Asteerev, who had been dropped to the bench due to the birth of his first son) found Kürén Fléstün, who provided a low pass for Erenavula to sidefoot home. United went 3–0 up a minute before the interval when Fléstün scored a penalty. Erenavula completed his hat-trick (his first hat-trick for Manchester United) in the 58th minute in a bizzare way: as he was going to block a defender's cross, the ball ricochetted off him and into the net. Fléstün made it 5–0 with a lob, Brangley scored his first Premier League goal for United when he knocked home the rebound from Erenavula's parried shot, and Asteerev came off the bench to complete the rout when a Jordan Khedira shot was dropped by Fulham 'keeper Dale Chandley, allowing the Estonian midfielder to tap in with a simple finish to make it 7–0. As said earlier, Asteerev had given birth to his first son, so, as one would have expected, Asteerev did the "rock the baby" celebration. United returned to the top of the table with the win, as Chelsea had won 3–1 at home to Liverpool a day earlier to put them to the top of the table.
United played away to their crosstown rivals, Manchester City, in their next game. The deadlock was broken by Kürén Fléstün in the 33rd minute, who headed home Kamisese Erenavula's corner. After this, United had chances to double their lead, while City's best chance was a Jüspär Pérlî shot that hit the post. In the 89th minute, Robbie Stack scored, picking up a pass from Fléstün across the penalty area before chipping the ball over the head of the helpless Zglaslow Volek. Chelsea's win at Bolton meant that the title race went to the final day, with both having a single game to play - United at home to Oldham and Chelsea at home to Fulham.
Manchester United secured the Premier League title for the eighth time in a row with an 8–0 final day thrashing of Oldham Athletic. Ciaran Cristie opened the scoring when a Kürén Fléstün free-kick hit the wall, allowing the Republic of Ireland striker to tap in. United's lead was doubled in the 32nd minute, when Jordán Flaroval hauled down Riki Asteerev. Flaroval recieved a red card for this, meaning that he would miss Oldham's first game of the 2018-19 season. Asteerev converted the penalty. United got their third goal when Kamisese Erenavula shot in from Asteerev's clever, but low, pass across the penalty area. Erenavula took off his shirt in celebartion, for which he was booked. Erenavula's goal was United's 98th Premier League goal of the 2017-18 season. Cristie got his second of the game, United's fourth of the game, and United's 99th Premier League goal in 2017-18, when a Sewiatan Sunnigardi cross was hit brilliantly by the Irish captain. Fléstün got his first goal of the game, United's fifth of the game, and United's 100th overall in the 2017-18 Premier League, when he headed in Gavin Framston's cross across the penalty area. Fléstün got his second of the game, United's sixth of the game, and United's 101st overall in the 2017-18 Premier League season, when Valerio Cristasto fouled the Leubantian striker in the penalty area, allowing Fléstün to convert from the spot. Fléstün got his hat-trick in the 80th minute, when a poor shot from Asteerev was saved by Rodney McDonald, but Fléstün simply tapped in. A long-shot from Jordan Olaf Riise finished off the scoring and crowned United as 2017-18 Premier League champions.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result|
F – A
|12 August 2017||Brighton & Hove Albion||H||2 – 1||Fléstün (2) 51' (pen.), 90+2'||75,062||6th|
|15 August 2017||Bolton Wanderers||A||3 – 1||Fléstün 51', Aloo 63' (pen.), Asteerev 72'||24,345||2nd|
|20 August 2017||West Ham United||A||2 – 0||Fléstün 23', Jordan 72'||32, 333||2nd|
|26 August 2017||Queens Park Rangers||H||3 – 0||Fléstün 33', Pantner 49', Maccler 86'||75,095||1st|
|9 September 2017||Fulham||A||2 – 1||Fléstün 42', Pantner 90+2'||23, 376||1st|
|17 September 2017||Liverpool||H||3 – 0||Fléstün 32', Pantner 50', Erenavula 84'||75,066||1st|
|22 September 2017||Oldham Athletic||A||1 – 3||Fléstün 32'||9, 345||2nd|
|1 October 2017||Manchester City||H||2 – 0||Fléstün 1', Aloo 80'||75,114||1st|
|14 October 2017||Aston Villa||A||1 – 2||Fléstün 15'||39, 047||2nd|
|21 October 2017||Newcastle United||H||5 – 0||Fléstün (3) 10', 45', 89', Aranula 28' (o.g.), Pantner 64'||73, 457||1st|
|28 October 2017||Wigan Atheltic||A||4 – 0||Fléstün (2) 12', 44' (pen.), Erenavula 64', Khedira 88'||22, 138||1st|
|5 November 2017||Chelsea||H||1 – 0||Pantner 76'||71, 366||1st|
|18 November 2017||Scunthorpe United||H||4 – 0||Fléstün (2) 5', 22', Erenavula 12', Pantner 56'||75,169||1st|
|26 November 2017||Arsenal||A||3 – 0||Fléstün (2) 41', 89', A. Fadjarga 45' (o.g.)||52, 357||1st|
|2 December 2017||Tottenham Hotspur||A||1 – 2||Habster 6' (o.g.)||34,980||1st|
|9 December 2017||Everton||H||3 – 3||Fléstün (2) 25', 89', Erenavula 90+4'||75,130||1st|
|13 December 2017||Sunderland||H||2 – 1||Fléstün 29', Erenavula 73' (pen.)||73,709||1st|
|17 December 2017||Cardiff City||A||1 – 1||Fléstün 61' (pen.)||25,700||1st|
|23 December 2017||Leeds United||A||0 – 0||38, 357||1st|
|26 December 2017||West Ham United||H||2 – 1||Fléstün 73', Milner 75' (o.g.)||74,560||1st|
|13 January 2018||Bolton Wanderers||H||7 – 2||Fléstün (3) 8', 35', 46' (pen.), Riise 30', Robinson 52', Asteerev (2) 78' (pen.), 89'||74, 513||1st|
|24 January 2018||Leeds United||H||3 – 0||Fléstün (2) 33' (pen.), 69, Erenavula 50'||75,120||1st|
27 January 2018
Queens Park Rangers
|A||2 – 1||Fléstün 27', Pantner 84'||15,899||1st|
|30 January 2018||Brighton & Hove Albion||A||1 – 1||Fléstün 42'||21, 866||1st|
|4 February 2018||Arsenal||H||2 – 0||Fléstün (2) 8', 23'||74,684||1st|
|7 February 2018||Everton||A||1 – 2||Fléstün 17'||39,448||1st|
|17 February 2018||Scunthorpe United||A||2 – 0||Fléstün (2) 40', 67'||8, 453||1st|
|24 February 2018||Tottenham Hotspur||H||2 – 4||Fléstün (2) 42', 90+1' (pen.)||73,797||1st|
|10 March 2018||Cardiff City||H||4 – 1||Sunnigardi 11', Fléstün (2) 42', 90+3, Framston 77'||70, 000||1st|
|18 March 2018||Newcastle United||A||1 – 1||Fléstün 6'||50, 222||3rd|
|21 March 2018||Sunderland||A||5 – 0||Fléstün (3) 1', 23', 89', Asteerev (2) 36', 44' (pen.)||48, 777||2nd|
|24 March 2018||Aston Villa||H||7 – 1||Fléstün (4) 15', 44' (pen.), 62' (pen.), 89', Asteerev (2) 48', 67', Maccler 79'||71, 765||1st|
|31 March 2018||Chelsea||A||2 – 1||Khedira 20', Fléstün 78'||40, 999||1st|
|10 April 2018||Wigan Athletic||H||1 – 0||Fléstün 40'||75,227||1st|
|14 April 2018||Liverpool||A||1 – 2||Fléstün 90+1||43,019||1st|
|22 April 2018||Fulham||H||7 – 0||Erenavula (3) 24', 31', 58', Fléstün (2) 44' (pen.), 62', Brangley 70', Asteerev 83'||75,268||1st|
|29 April 2018||Manchester City||A||2 – 0||Fléstün 33', Stack 89'||47,641||1st|
|6 May 2018||Oldham Athletic||H||8 – 0||Cristie (2) 6', 56', Asteerev 32' (pen.), Erenavula 54', Fléstün (3) 63', 68 (pen.), 80', Riise 90'||75,316||1st|
Manchester United were paired with Charlton Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup. The match, played on 31 December, was won 6–0 by United. Kürén Fléstün opened the scoring in the 5th minute, when Riki Asteerev's corner was headed down by Robert Jilénz to United captain Stuart Pantner, who volleyed to Fléstün to tap in. United doubled their lead in the 15th minute, when Sag Aloo's pass to Ciaran Laing found Jordan Khedira, who volleyed down for Charlton skipper Andy Herston to put into his own net. United their third goal when Laing's cross was headed home by Fléstün. United further embarrased Charlton with their fourth goal in the 22nd minute, when Charlton 'keeper Frank Hesseltine was only able to punch a Khedira corner out as far as Laing, whose blockbuster from 35 yards out zoomed past the goalie. However, United had to wait for 42 minutes to get their fifth goal, when Laing's corner found Gavin Framston, who passed to Aloo, who, in turn, passed to Asteerev, who put the ball into the net with an awesome piledriver. United got their sixth goal, when Laing's pass found Fléstün, who sidefooted the ball into the net for his hat-trick. Warwick LeBlanc headed wide in the last minute to add to Charlton's misery. United's easy win put them through to the fourth round.
United were given an away tie against fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The hosts scored a shock opener when Tiitus Reedma powered in, only for Kipper Brangley to level with a fine lob. United settled after Justin Roshingor volley before the break with Brighton restricted to long-range shots which were dealt with comfortably by Man of the Match Danny Kabana. Kürén Fléstün tucked in when clean through, Jordan Khedira blasted home and Fléstün tapped in the fifth, leaving Wattie Price to score a consolation.
In the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, United were paired with Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Kamisese Erenavula opened the scoring when his shot was tipped onto the post by Max Dustbin. However, the ball went straight in. Kürén Fléstün doubled United's lead in the 73rd minute, when his penalty was blocked by Dustbin. As Dustbin walked over to gloat about his save, he did not notice the ball spinning into his net, so Fléstün pointed to referee Leo Wingford, who allowed the goal. Fléstün celebarted by lifting up a small part of his shirt. Vaino Tangepera pulled a goal back three minutes after Fléstün's goal to give Blackburn hope, but any hopes of a Blackburn comeback were exstinguished in stoppage time, when Ritchie Maccler dribbled past the Blackburn defence, his shot deflected off the crossbar, and he punched the ball into the net.
United were gaven a home tie with fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in the sixth round of the FA Cup. Spurs raced into a 4–1 lead when Muhammad ali-Shredka tapped in a rebound and blasted home, and when Spurs captain Sam Habster headed home and pulled off a cheeky backheel. Kürén Fléstün got a goal in the 34th minute when he lobbed the ball over Neil Watson's head, the goal inbetween both ali-Shredka's and Habster's second goals. United captain, Stuart Pantner, pulled another goal back for the Reds when his header from a Kamisese Erenavula free-kick glanced off the crossbar and into the net with Watson beaten. Riki Asteerev pinged a volley into the top corner after recieving a pass from Gavin Framston in the 51st to give United hope, and Fléstün equalized in the 66th minute with a bicycle kick. No more goals were scored in regulation time, so extra time was required. The game looked set to be going to a replay until the last minute, when Fléstün's penalty pinged off the bar and into the net past the static Watson. United manager Rob McGulloch described the penalty as "the best penalty ever". After the match, Spurs manager David Beckham said that he could not believe that his team had thrown away a 4–1 lead to lose 5–4. On the other hand, McGulloch said that it was an "amazing comeback" for his team, and that Spurs "were not very clever to squander their lead". McGulloch also the said that "is was probably one of the most exciting matches ever", and that "a last-minute winner is very good for your team".
United were given a tie with fellow Premier League side Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi-Finals. The match was settled five minutes from time after Justin Roshingor was clumsily kicked in the face by Xavier Adams and Kürén Fléstün scored the resulting penalty. This result meant that United reached the FA Cup Final for the second time in a row.
United met fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the FA Cup Final. The game was goalless until the 44th, when Sag Aloo played in Jordan Olaf Riise as he moved into the penalty area, and the left back chipped a cross back across the box. Liverpool captain Kieran Amferdins waited for the ball to arrive, but in doing so, he allowed United captain Stuart Pantner to steal in and plant a firm header past Cory Singleburger. They went 2–0 up when Robbie Stack went on a run into the Liverpool box. He was challenged by Toby Valeroux and fell to the ground. Referee George Hogbin pointed straight to the spot, although subsequent television replays suggested that Valeroux got the ball before tripping Stack. Kürén Fléstün scored from the penalty spot with a high, hard shot into the top corner to the goalkeeper's right, giving Singleburger no chance. United went 3–0 up when Stack went on a run down the left hand side, and crossed for Fléstün to tap in from three yards out, although subsequent television replays showed it was clearly offside. Stuart Pantner held aloft the trophy, as United retained the FA Cup for the first time ever in their 140-year history.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result|
F – A
|31 December 2017||Round 3||Charlton Athletic||H||6 – 0||Fléstün (3) 5', 20', 68', Herston 15' (o.g.), Laing 22', Asteerev 64'||72,168|
|20 January 2018||Round 4||Brighton & Hove Albion||A||5 – 2||Brangley 23', Roshingor 36', Fléstün (2) 49', 71', Khedira 54'||20,019|
|10 February 2018||Round 5||Blackburn Rovers||H||3 – 1||Erenavula 44', Fléstün 73', Maccler 90+2'||71, 765|
|4 March 2018||Round 6||Tottenham Hotspur||H||5 – 4||Fléstün (3) 34', 66', 120', Pantner 47', Asteerev 51'||73, 888|
|7 April 2018||Semi-finals||Chelsea||N||1 – 0||Fléstün 85'||81, 000|
|12 May 2018||Final||Liverpool||N||3 – 0||Pantner 44', Fléstün (2) 65', 81'||88,596|
As one of the three Premier League sides involved in European competition in the 2017–18 season, Manchester United received a bye to the Third Round of the 2017–18 Football League Cup. The draw for the Third Round took place on 26 August 2017, and gave Manchester United a home tie against fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers. The match was played at Old Trafford on 20 September 2017, and Rob McGulloch took the opportunity to give playing time to some of the club's fringe players, including back-up goalkeeper Danny Kabana, midfielder Brandon Jones and forwards Jordan Bandhoo and Eugene McLaughlin, while Milo Robinson was also given a position in the starting line-up. McGulloch also handed squad numbers to young Northern Irish duo Val Mulleray and Ciaran McGinn. However, United were reduced to 10 men half-an-hour into the match as Justin Roshingor was sent off for a professional foul on Gerald Carpet, who was through on goal; McGulloch responded by bringing Victor Hayes on in place of McLaughlin. Despite the numerical disadvantage, though, United went one-up in the 66th minute, as Bandhoo played a one-two with Robinson before firing past QPR goalkeeper Younes Reslou. With ten minutes left in the game, McGulloch gave Val Mulleray his professional debut, coming on in place of Bandhoo. Although Mulleray had two opportunities to add to United's lead, the match finished at 1–0 and Manchester United progressed to the Fourth Round of the competition.
The draw for the Fourth Round was made on 23 September 2017, and handed Manchester United a trip to Brunton Park to play against Carlisle United, who are managed by former United striker Mads Timm. The match was played on 24 October 2017, and the lower-league opposition meant that McGulloch could afford to pick some of the less experienced members of his squad, while summer signing Jordan Valovsky was given his first senior start for the club. Jordan Bandhoo opened the scoring for United in the sixth minute, heading home Sascha Züberbuhler's corner for the only goal of the first half. Milo Robinson doubled United's lead with a coolly taken finish 14 minutes into the second half, shooting early past former Manchester United goalkeeper Conor Devlin from just inside the penalty area after playing the ball through the defender's legs. Despite a controversial red card for United skipper Stuart Pantner – given more for his follow-through than the actual tackle on Ollie Framston (younger brother of United winger Gavin) – United held on for a 2–0 win that sent them into the last eight of the competition.
In the draw for the Fifth Round of the competition, held on 28 October 2017, United were given a home tie against rivals Liverpool, in a repeat of the 2017 final. The match was played on 28 November 2017. United won 2–0 after a brace from Brandon Jones in the first half. He drove his first goal low into the left side of the net after a pass from Sascha Züberbuhler. His second goal came after he hit the ball first time after it becoming loose just outside the box, sending it too far into the right top corner for Cory Singleburger to reach. Despite a few missed close chances from Lev Yosef, Noel Jordan and Eugene McLaughlin, the score remained 2–0 for the remainder of the match.
The semi-final draw was made on 29 November 2009 and paired United with rivals Arsenal. The first leg was scheduled to take place at the Emirates Stadium on 3 January 2018, but although the pitch was playable, snow in the south of England the previous day caused the Metropolitan Police to advise the postponement of the match for the safety of travelling supporters. The first leg was then scheduled for 16 January 2018 – the original date for the second leg, which was played on 24 January.
United took the lead after 17 minutes of the first leg; Gavin Framston was found in open space on the right wing and the Canadian beat Jordão Dela Costa before putting in a low cross. Kürén Fléstün reached the ball first, and although his shot was saved, the ball fell to Robbie Stack, who was left with a simple finish from two yards out in the middle of the goal. Arsenal equalised shortly before half-time via a controversial penalty from Ronald Tabéla; the penalty was awarded by referee Leo Wingford for a pull on Dela Costa by United right-back Jordan Odemwingie, but the Nigerian appeared to have let go of the Arsenal forward after the original foul had been committed outside the penalty area. Arsenal then took the lead half-way through the second half, Tabéla again getting on the scoresheet after the United defence had failed to deal with a Arsenal corner. United pressed for an equaliser, but they were continually denied by reflex saves from Arsenal goalkeeper Des Navter, and Arsenal took a 2–1 lead into the second leg at Old Trafford.
United set the pace at the start of the second leg, but it was Arsenal who made the better chances. Nevertheless, the first half passed without a goal, and United took the lead after seven minutes of the second half; Arsenal won a corner, which Jordão Dela Costa went across to take, but the Portuguese forward was struck by missiles thrown from the United crowd. When the corner was eventually taken, the ball was cleared to Kürén Fléstün, who beat his marker with a sharp turn before hitting a long diagonal ball to Robbie Stack on the right wing. The Englishman played the ball into the box, where neither Kamisese Erenavula nor Sag Aloo were able to get shots away, but the ball broke to Kipper Brangley on the edge of the penalty area and the Scotsman hit a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. Aloo doubled United's lead with 20 minutes left to play, passing the ball in off the far post after a lay-off from man-of-the-match Riki Asteerev, but Ronald Tabéla drew Arsenal level on aggregate five minutes later as he stretched his leg around Sewiatan Sunnigardi to flick home Jordão Dela Costa's left-wing cross. With the scores level going into injury time, the tie was set for a further 30 minutes of play, but Stack played a short corner before receiving the return ball and crossing into the six-yard box, where Kürén Fléstün had stolen in to head past Des Navter. The goal secured a 3–1 win for United (4–3 on aggregate) and a place in the 2018 Football League Cup Final, their second League Cup final in a row.
In a repeat of the 2009 final, United's opponents in the final were Tottenham Hotspur. They beat Newcastle United 7–4 on aggregate (including a 6–4 home win in the second leg) to reach the final.
United got off to a bad start in the final, since in the 4th minute, Robert Jilénz hauled down Cohen Lingerton within the penalty area. Despite Jilénz being the last man, meaning that he could have easily been sent off, referee Bob Fishwick did not punish Jilénz. Muhammad ali-Shredka scored the penalty to give Spurs the lead, but just seven minutes later, United equalized through Milo Robinson (who had been surprisingly selected instead of Kürén Fléstün in the starting lineup). Jordan Friedel lost possession to fellow Israeli Lev Yosef, and when he attempted to repair his error he could only find Robinson, who slipped a perfect finish past Spurs keeper Jaagup Klavan. However, shortly before half-time, Robinson was injured, allowing Fléstün to come on. Noel Jordan hit the post for United before Fléstün rose to head the outstanding Gavin Framston's cross past Klavan with 16 minutes left. Fléstün almost extended United's victory margin when he hit the woodwork with another header, but his amazing season continued as his 50th goal of the campaign assured that United got the first major silverware of the season. Jilénz was fortunate to see Spurs captain Sam Habster's header deflect off him on to the bar late on, but by that stage United were firmly in control and well on the way to victory. It was a bitter disappointment for Spurs, who started so promisingly, but they tired as the game wore on at Wembley and United ultimately deserved their triumph.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result|
F – A
|20 September 2017||Round 3||Queens Park Rangers||H||1–0||Bandhoo 66'||51,160|
|27 October 2009||Round 4||Barnsley||A||2 – 0||Welbeck 6', Owen 59'||20,019|
|1 December 2009||Round 5||Tottenham Hotspur||H||2 – 0||Gibson (2) 16', 38'||57,212|
|19 January 2010||Semi-final|
|Manchester City||A||1 – 2||Giggs 17'||46,067|
|27 January 2010||Semi-final|
|Manchester City||H||3 – 1||Scholes 52', Carrick 71', Rooney 90+2'||74,576|
|28 February 2010||Final||Aston Villa||N||2 – 1||Owen 12', Rooney 74'||88,596|
UEFA Champions LeagueEdit
The draw for the group stage of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League took place on 24 August 2004, and Manchester United were paired with three familiar opponents: Real Madrid of Spain, Internazionale of Italy, and Rangers of Scotland.
United's Champions League campaign kicked off in slow fashion, as they opened their account in the new Champions League season with a 3–1 loss to Internazionale at the San Siro on 12 September. Inter skipper Luigi Sonnagato opened the scoring in the 17th minute when his bicycle kick glanced off the underside of the crossbar and into the net past Xavier Reagan. Riki Asteerev equalized for United in the 34th minute when United captain Stuart Pantner collcted the ball midway inside the Inter half. He slid a ball forward to Asteerev, who evaded the challenge of Donato Marchisio and squared the ball to Noel Jordan, who the returned the ball to Asteerev with a cross for the unmarked Estonian midfielder to head home. However, Inter restored their lead a few minutes before half-time, through a penalty from Sonnagato, awarded when Reagan tripped up Jávier Kendali and the American goalkeeper was punished with a red card. Jordan was sacrificed to make way for substitute goalkeeper Danny Kabana. Sonnagato scored the penalty, and rounded off the show a minute from full-time, when he scored with a screamer from 30 yards out that gave Kabana no chance.
United got their first win of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League with a 2–1 win against Rangers at Old Trafford on 27 September. United captain Stuart Pantner opened the scoring for United in the 32nd minute when he recieved a short pass from Sag Aloo before lobbing Innes Fairbairn. United got their second goal in the 86th minute, when Pantner delivered an inviting pass to Kürén Fléstün, who shot into the Rangers goal with the ball taking a slight deflection off the boot of Fairbairn. Rangers got a consolation penalty in the last minute, when Rangers captain Hamish McLaing shoot past Danny Kabana after Kabana had fouled McLaing. The referee blew his whistle immediatley after McLaing converted the penalty.
For the first of their two matches with Real Madrid, United hosted the Spanish champions at Old Trafford on 18 October. Despite United being used to the pitch, the first half was sloppy, resulting a goalless first-half. Real were also the better side during the first half, with Xavier Reagan seriously being tested and United players heading off shots from Andrés Hallesco and Franeldo to prevent them from crossing the line. Meanwhile, Real players made easy clearances near the half-way line. To add to United's misery, they went a goal down in the 64th minute, when Alfonso Ibáñez scored. He picked up a pass from João Armaldio, before rounding United keeper Xavier Reagan and evading the challenge of Sewiatan Sunnigardi and toe-poking the ball into an empty net. United wasted their best chance in the last minute, when Toby Winton saw his penalty saved by Martín Agüero after Franeldo had fouled the teenager.
In the second leg, United travelled to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to face Real for the return leg on Halloween. In the game, United came from 1–0, 2–1, and 3–2 down to draw 3–3. Real captain Andrés Hallesco opened the scoring when he headed home Franeldo's corner kick. However, United captain Stuart Pantner equalized when he headed home Kamisese Erenavula's free kick. Alfonso Ibáñez restored Real's lead when he scored with a 30-yard piledriver that zoomed past Xavier Reagan. However, United equalized for the second time in the game through Kürén Fléstün, who scored with a cheeky backheel in the 73rd minute. Franeldo restored Real's lead with a bicycle kick in the 87th minute, before Jordan Olaf Riise was sent off and United equalized for the third time in the match in the last minute, when Riki Asteerev rose the highest to plant a header into Martín Agüero, with the ball bouncing off the crossbar before going in.
Manchester United played their penultimate 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage game on 22 November 2017, playing at home to Internazionale. The Red Devils were 2–1 winners. United captain Stuart Pantner opened the scoring when he headed home Jordão Ferreira's cross. Gavin Framston doubled United's lead in the 87th with his first Champions League goal for United, heading home Ferreira's corner-kick. Inter captain Luigi Sonnagato scored a consolation deep into stoppage time, heading home Javier Sissoko's free-kick.
For their final 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage game, Manchester United played against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on 5 December 2017. United won 2–1. 20 minutes in, Sewiatan Sunnigardi was booked for a sliding challenge on Rangers captain Hamish McLaing. Mickey Robinson took the free-kick, but Sunnigardi palmed it away, and was sent off for a second bookable offence. Robinson then took the penalty, and scored to give Rangers the lead. Kürén Fléstün equalized with a half-way line goal in the 36th goal, before Riki Asteerev rounded off the show four minutes from time with a header from Robbie Stack's deep cross.
The draw for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League took place on 15 December 2017. Manchester United, as group runners-up, could have been paired with teams such as Benfica and Olympique Lyonnais. They were eventually paired with the Group G winners, Rapid Vienna.
The first leg held on 21 February 2018, took place at Old Trafford, with United winning 4–1. United captain Stuart Pantner opened the scoring with a header from Kamisese Erenavula's deep cross. Rapid equalized through their captain, Wolfgang Warner, who chipped the ball over a static Xavier Reagan. However, Kürén Fléstün restored United's lead when an Erenavula cross was flicked on by Pantner and onto the back of Fléstün's head past Jäger Herzog. Fléstün doubled United's lead with a free-kick, and Noel Jordan rounded off the show when Rupert Möhlberger was sent off for fouling Fléstün and Jordan converted the resulting penalty.
For the secon d leg, played on 13 March, Rapid needed to win 3–0, bringing the aggreate score to 4–4 and going through on away goals. Sadly for Rapid, they only managed to win 3–1. Woflgang Warner, Rapud's captain, opened the scoring when he toe-poked home Tobias Vastić's corner. However, Xavier Reagan, United's goalkeeper, equalized with a penalty rebound. Warner restored Rapid's lead second later when he slid in a low pass, before Warner rounded off the show with a bicycle kick.
The draw for the quarter finals, semi finals and final took place on 19 March 2018. Unlike the draw for the first knockout round, there was no seeding or country protection in these rounds, meaning that United could have been paired with their Group B opponents Real Madrid. United were eventually paired with Zîrägü of Leubantia.
United got off to a bad start at the first leg, played on 28 March 2018, as in the twelfth minute, Jürg Käzüntä, Zîrägü's captain, opened the scoring when he sped past United captain Stuart Pantner before shooting high past Xavier Reagan. The second goal came in the 53rd minute, when Jake Nee Hong volleyed to Rodney Irwin, who volleyed to Edonis Hajdaraga for Rusu Dropny to tap in. Zîrägü got their third goal when Riki Asteerev was sent off a kung-fu kick on Richardo Burnham's chest during a corner. Burnham, despite having broken ribs, took the corner for Hajdaraga to head home. United lost 3–0 and had to score four goals in the second leg to stay in the UEFA Champions League and progress to the semi-finals.
United won the second leg, played at Old Trafford on 3 April 2018, by a single Kürén Fléstün goal, a bicycle kick scored in the 54th minute. However, the goal was not enough to keep United in the competition, and the game ended a European run that promised so much more...
First team squadEdit
Team noted as of 1 January 2018.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Ages are given on the season's starting date, 12 Auguat 2017.
UEFA Champions league squadEdit
As of 11 September 2017.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Chief Executive||Edmund Lee|
|Sporting Director and Director of Youth Development||Tarek Azmer|
|Ground (capacity and dimensions)||Old Trafford (75,957 / 105x68 meters)|
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|Date from||Date to||Pos.||Name||From|
|2 July 2017||31 January 2018||MF||Ciaran Laing||Heart of Midlothian|
|1 February 2018||30 June 2018||FW||Melvin McGovern||Tottenham Hotspur|
Players on loan recieved a clause saying that they could still play for games they wanted to play in for the Reserves or Academy.
Individual awards (awarded to Manchester United players only)Edit
|Kamisese Erenavula||50||Fiji||Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year|
|Lewis Albrighton||31||England||Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year|