Team records

Matches

  • First competitive match: Newton Heath 2–7 Blackburn Olympic Reserves, Lancashire Cup, 27 October 1883
  • First FA Cup match: Fleetwood Rangers 2–2 Newton Heath, First Round, 30 October 1886
  • First Combination match: Newton Heath 4–3 Darwen, 22 September 1888
  • First Football Alliance match: Newton Heath 4–1 Sunderland Albion, 21 September 1889
  • First Football League match: Blackburn Rovers 4–3 Newton Heath, 3 September 1892
  • First match at Old Trafford: Manchester United 3–4 Liverpool, 19 February 1910
  • First European match: Anderlecht 0–2 Manchester United, European Cup Preliminary Round, first leg, 12 September 1956
  • First League Cup match: Exeter City 1–1 Manchester United, First Round, 19 October 1960

Record wins

  • Record win: 10–0 v Anderlecht, European Cup Preliminary Round, second leg, 26 September 1956
  • Record League win:
10–1 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, First Division, 15 October 1892
9–0 v Walsall, Second Division, 3 April 1895
9–0 v Darwen, Second Division, 24 December 1898
9–0 v Ipswich Town, Premier League, 4 March 1995
  • Record FA Cup win: 8–0 v Yeovil Town, 12 February 1949
  • Record European win: 10–0 v Anderlecht, European Cup Preliminary Round, second leg, 26 September 1956
  • Record Champions League win: 7–1 v Roma, Champions League Quarter-final, second leg, 10 April 2007
  • Record home win 10–0 v Anderlecht, European Cup Preliminary Round, second leg, 26 September 1956
  • Record away win:
7–0 v Grimsby Town, Second Division, 26 December 1899
8–1 v Nottingham Forest, Premier League, 6 February 1999

Record defeats

  • Record defeat: 0–7
v Blackburn Rovers, First Division, 10 April 1926
v Aston Villa, First Division, 27 December 1930
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Second Division, 26 December 1931
  • Record League defeat: 0–7
v Blackburn Rovers, First Division, 10 April 1926
v Aston Villa, First Division, 27 December 1930
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Second Division, 26 December 1931
  • Record Premier League defeat:
0–5 v Newcastle United, 20 October 1996
0–5 v Chelsea, 3 October 1999
1–6 v Manchester City, 23 October 2011
  • Record FA Cup defeat:
1–7 v Burnley, First Round, 13 February 1901
0–6 v Sheffield Wednesday, Second Round, 20 February 1904
  • Record European defeat: 0–5 v Sporting, Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final, 18 March 1964
  • Record friendly defeat: 0-6 v Hajduk Split, 27 January 1980
  • Record home defeat:
0–6 v Aston Villa, First Division, 14 March 1914
1–7 v Newcastle United, First Division, 10 September 1927
0–6 v Huddersfield Town, First Division, 10 September 1930
  • Record away defeat: 0–7
v Blackburn Rovers, First Division, 10 April 1926
v Aston Villa, First Division, 27 December 1930
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Second Division, 26 December 1931

Streaks

  • Longest unbeaten run (all major competitions): 45 matches, 26 December 1998 to 3 October 1999
  • Longest unbeaten run (League): 29 matches –
    • 26 December 1998 to 25 September 1999
    • 11 April 2010 to 5 February 2011
  • Longest winning streak (League): 14 matches, 15 October 1904 to 3 January 1905
  • Longest losing streak (League): 14 matches, 26 April 1930 to 25 October 1930
  • Longest drawing streak (League): 6 matches, 30 October 1988 to 27 November 1988
  • Longest streak without a win (League): 16 matches, 19 April 1930 to 25 October 1930
  • Longest scoring run (League): 36 matches, 3 December 2007 to 15 November 2008
  • Longest non-scoring run (League): 5 matches, 22 February 1902 to 17 March 1902
  • Longest streak without conceding a goal (League): 14 matches, 15 November 2008 to 18 February 2009

Wins/draws/losses in a season

  • Most wins in a league season: 28 – 1905–06, 1956–57, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • Most draws in a league season: 18 – 1980–81
  • Most defeats in a league season: 27 – 1930–31
  • Fewest wins in a league season: 6 – 1892–93, 1893–94
  • Fewest draws in a league season: 2 – 1893–94
  • Fewest defeats in a league season: 3 – 1998–99, 1999–2000

Goals

  • Most League goals scored in a season: 103 – 1956–57, 1958–59
  • Most Premier League goals scored in a season: 97 – 1999–2000
  • Fewest League goals scored in a season: 36 – 1893–94
  • Most League goals conceded in a season: 115 – 1930–31
  • Fewest League goals conceded in a season: 22 – 2007–08

Points

  • Most points in a season:
Two points for a win: 64 in 42 matches, First Division, 1956–57
Three points for a win:

92 in 42 matches, Premier League, 1993–94
91 in 38 matches, Premier League, 1999–2000
  • Fewest points in a season:
Two points for a win:

22 in 42 matches, First Division, 1930–31
14 in 30 matches, First Division, 1893–94
Three points for a win: 48 in 38 matches, First Division, 1989–99

Attendances

  • Highest home attendance: 83,260 v Arsenal at Maine Road, First Division, 17 January 1948
  • Highest home attendance at Old Trafford: 76,098 v Blackburn Rovers, 31 March 2007
  • Highest away attendance: 135,000 v Real Madrid, European Cup, 11 April 1957
  • Lowest post-War home league attendance: 8,456 v Stoke City at Maine Road, First Division, 5 February 1947

Players

Appearances

  • Youngest first-team player: David Gaskell – 16 years, 19 days (against Manchester City, Charity Shield, 24 October 1956)
  • Oldest first-team player: Billy Meredith – 46 years, 281 days (against Derby County, First Division, 7 May 1921)
  • Oldest post-Second World War player: Edwin van der Sar – 40 years, 211 days (against Barcelona, UEFA Champions League, 28 May 2011)
  • Most consecutive League appearances: 206 – Steve Coppell, 15 January 1977 – 7 November 1981
  • Shortest appearance: 11 seconds – Chris Smalling v Norwich City, Premier League, 26 February 2012

Most appearances

Competitive, professional matches only. Appearances as substitute (in parentheses) included in total.

Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Wales Ryan Giggs 1991–2014 672 (117) 74 (12) 41 (6) 157 (23) 19 (3) 963 (161)
2 England Bobby Charlton 1956–1973 606 (2) 78 (0) 24 (0) 45 (0) 5 (0) 758 (2)
3 England Paul Scholes 1994–2011
2012–2013
499 (95) 49 (17) 21 (7) 134 (21) 15 (1) 718 (141)
4 England Bill Foulkes 1952–1970 566 (3) 61 (0) 3 (0) 52 (0) 6 (0) 688 (3)
5 England Gary Neville 1992–2011 400 (21) 47 (3) 25 (2) 117 (8) 13 (2) 602 (36)
6 England Wayne Rooney 2004–2017 393 (182) 40 (22) 20 (5) 98 (41) 8 (4) 559 (254)
7 England Alex Stepney 1966–1978 433 (0) 44 (0) 35 (0) 23 (0) 4 (0) 539 (0)
8 Republic of Ireland Tony Dunne 1960–1973 414 (0) 55 (1) 21 (0) 40 (0) 5 (0) 535 (1)
9 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin 1990–2002 368 (12) 43 (1) 31 (3) 75 (2) 12 (0) 529 (18)
10 England Joe Spence 1919–1933 481 (0) 29 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 510 (0)

Goalscorers

  • Most goals in a season in all competitions: 46 – Denis Law, 1963–64
  • Most League goals in a season: 32 – Dennis Viollet, Division 1, 1959–60
  • Most League goals in a 38-game season: 31 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Premier League, 2007–08
  • Top League scorer with fewest goals in a season: 6
    • Bobby Charlton, 1972–73
    • Sammy McIlroy, 1973–74
  • Most goals scored in a match: 6
    • Harold Halse v Swindon Town, 25 September 1911
    • George Best v Northampton Town, 7 February 1970
  • Goals in consecutive league matches: 10 consecutive matches – Ruud van Nistelrooy, 22 March 2003 to 23 August 2003
  • Fastest goal: 12 seconds – Bryan Robson v Burnley, League Cup, 26 September 1984
  • Fastest hat-trick: 4 minutes – Ernie Goldthorpe v Notts County, Second Division, 10 February 1923
  • Fastest four goals: 13 minutes – Ole Gunnar Solskjær v Nottingham Forest, Premier League, 6 February 1999
  • Most hat-tricks: 18 – Denis Law (3 November 1962 – 17 April 1971)

Overall scorers

Competitive, professional matches only, appearances including substitutes appear in brackets.
Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total Goals
per game
1 England Wayne Rooney 2004–2017 183 (393) 22 (40) 5 (20) 39 (98) 4 (8) 253 (559) 0.45
2 England Bobby Charlton 1956–1973 199 (606) 19 (78) 7 (24) 22 (45) 2 (5) 249 (758) 0.33
3 Scotland Denis Law 1962–1973 171 (309) 34 (46) 3 (11) 28 (33) 1 (5) 237 (404) 0.59
4 England Jack Rowley 1937–1955 182 (380) 26 (42) 0 (0) 0 (0) 3 (2) 211 (424) 0.50
5 England Dennis Viollet 1952–1962 159 (259) 5 (18) 1 (2) 13 (12) 1 (2) 179 (293) 0.61
Northern Ireland George Best 1963–1974 137 (361) 21 (46) 9 (25) 11 (34) 1 (4) 179 (470) 0.38
7 England Joe Spence 1919–1933 158 (481) 10 (29) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 168 (510) 0.33
Wales Ryan Giggs 1991–2014 114 (672) 12 (74) 12 (41) 29 (157) 1 (19) 168 (963) 0.17
9 Wales Mark Hughes 1983–1986
1988–1995
120 (345) 17 (46) 16 (38) 9 (33) 1 (5) 163 (467) 0.35
10 England Paul Scholes 1994–2011
2012–2013
107 (499) 13 (49) 9 (21) 26 (134) 0 (15) 155 (718) 0.22

Award winners

Ballon d’Or

The following players have won the Ballon d’Or while playing for Manchester United:

  • Scotland Denis Law – 1964
  • England Bobby Charlton – 1966
  • Northern Ireland George Best – 1968
  • Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo – 2008
European Golden Shoe

The following players have won the European Golden Shoe while playing for Manchester United:

  • Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (31 goals) – 2008
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year

The following players have won the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award while playing for Manchester United:

  • England David Beckham – 1999
  • Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo – 2008
FIFA World Player of the Year

The following players have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award while playing for Manchester United:

  • Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo – 2008
FIFA Puskás Award

The following players have won the FIFA Puskás Award while playing for Manchester United:

  • Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo – 2009

Internationals

  • First international: Jack Powell and Tom Burke for Wales against England (26 February 1887)
    • All nine of Newton Heath’s international players played for Wales. The first non-Welshman to be capped, and the first after the club’s change of name to Manchester United, was Charlie Roberts, who was capped for England against Ireland on 25 February 1905.
  • Most international caps (total): 143 – Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal (61 while with the club)
  • Most international caps as a United player: 106 – Bobby Charlton – England

Transfers

Highest transfer fees paid

Manchester United’s record signing is Paul Pogba, who signed for the club from Juventus for a world record fee of £89.3 million in August 2016. The signing of Anthony Martial for £36 million in 2015 set a world record for the transfer of a teenager.

Player From Fee Date
1 France Paul Pogba Italy Juventus £89.3 million August 2016
2 Belgium Romelu Lukaku England Everton £75 million July 2017
3 Argentina Ángel Di María Spain Real Madrid £59.7 million August 2014
4 Serbia Nemanja Matić England Chelsea £40 million July 2017
5 Spain Juan Mata England Chelsea £37.1 million January 2014
6 France Anthony Martial France Monaco £36 million September 2015
7 Sweden Victor Lindelöf Portugal Benfica £31 million June 2017
8 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov England Tottenham Hotspur £30.75 million September 2008
9 Ivory Coast Eric Bailly Spain Villarreal £30 million June 2016
10 England Rio Ferdinand England Leeds United £29.3 million July 2002

Progression of record fee paid

The first transfer for which Manchester United (then Newton Heath) had to pay a fee was the transfer of Gilbert Godsmark from Ashford in January 1900. Manchester United paid Ashford a fee of £40 for Godsmark. The club’s first £1,000 transfer came in 1910, when they signed Leslie Hofton from Glossop. When the club signed Tommy Taylor from Barnsley in 1953, the fee was intended to be £30,000. However, Matt Busby did not want to burden the young player with the “£30,000 man” tag, and Barnsley agreed for the fee to be reduced by £1 to £29,999. Busby then took the extra pound from his wallet and gave it to the lady who had been serving the teas.

Manchester United made their first £100,000 signing in August 1962 with the transfer of Denis Law from Torino for £110,000, a new British record. The club broke the British transfer record again in 1981 with the £1.5 million signing of Bryan Robson from West Bromwich Albion. When Andy Cole signed for United in January 1995, the club paid £7 million, almost double their previous record of £3.75 million, which they paid for Roy Keane 18 months earlier. In the summer of 2001, the club broke their transfer record twice in the space of a month, first paying PSV £19 million for Ruud van Nistelrooy, and then £28.1 million to Lazio for Juan Sebastián Verón.

Transfers in bold are also records for fees paid by British clubs

Date Player Bought from Fee[48][54]
January 1900 England Gilbert Godsmark Ashford £40
January 1903 Scotland Alex Bell Ayr Parkhouse £700
July 1910 England Leslie Hofton Glossop £1,000
March 1914 England George Hunter Chelsea £1,300
September 1920 Scotland Tom Miller Liverpool £2,000
November 1921 Scotland Neil McBain Ayr United £6,000
February 1938 England Jack Smith Newcastle United £6,500
March 1949 Scotland John Downie Bradford Park Avenue £18,000
March 1953 England Tommy Taylor Barnsley £29,999
September 1958 England Albert Quixall Sheffield Wednesday £45,000
August 1962 Scotland Denis Law Torino £110,000
August 1968 Scotland Willie Morgan Burnley £117,000
February 1972 Scotland Martin Buchan Aberdeen £125,000
March 1972 England Ian Storey-Moore Nottingham Forest £200,000
January 1978 Scotland Joe Jordan Leeds United £350,000
February 1978 Scotland Gordon McQueen Leeds United £495,000
August 1979 England Ray Wilkins Chelsea £825,000
October 1980 England Garry Birtles Nottingham Forest £1,250,000
October 1981 England Bryan Robson West Bromwich Albion £1,500,000
June 1988 Wales Mark Hughes Barcelona £1,800,000
August 1989 England Gary Pallister Middlesbrough £2,300,000
July 1993 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Nottingham Forest £3,750,000
January 1995 England Andy Cole Newcastle United £7,000,000
July 1998 Netherlands Jaap Stam PSV £10,750,000
August 1998 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Aston Villa £12,600,000
June 2001 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV £19,000,000
July 2001 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Lazio £28,100,000
July 2002 England Rio Ferdinand Leeds United £29,300,000
September 2008 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham Hotspur £30,750,000
January 2014 Spain Juan Mata Chelsea £37,100,000
August 2014 Argentina Ángel Di María Real Madrid £59,700,000
August 2016 France Paul Pogba Juventus £89,300,000

Highest transfer fees received

Player To Fee[54] Date
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid £80 million July 2009[55]
2 Argentina Ángel Di María France Paris Saint-Germain £44.1 million August 2015
3 England David Beckham Spain Real Madrid £25 million June 2003
4 France Morgan Schneiderlin England Everton £24 million January 2017
5 Netherlands Memphis Depay France Lyon £16 million January 2017
6 England Danny Welbeck England Arsenal £16 million September 2014
7 Netherlands Jaap Stam Italy Lazio £15.25 million August 2001
8 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón England Chelsea £15 million August 2003
9 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Spain Real Madrid £10.3 million July 2006
10 Argentina Gabriel Heinze Spain Real Madrid £8.1 million August 2007

Progression of record fee received

The first player for whom Manchester United, then Newton Heath, received a fee was William Bryant, who moved to Blackburn Rovers for just £50 in April 1900. That same month, Manchester City paid five times more for Scottish forward Joe Cassidy. The club’s first £1,000 sale came 12 years later with the sale of Harold Halse to Aston Villa.

The club’s first British record sale came in March 1949, when Derby County paid £24,500 for Johnny Morris. However, 35 years passed before Manchester United next broke the record for the biggest sale by a British club; the sale of Ray Wilkins to Milan for £1.5 million in June 1984 was also the club’s first million-pound sale. Another British record followed two years later with the sale of Mark Hughes to Barcelona for £2.5 million. The club’s record sale increased fivefold in the space of two transfers over the next 15 years; first with the £7 million sale of Paul Ince to Internazionale in 1995, and then the 2001 transfer of Jaap Stam to Lazio for £15.25 million. Manchester United broke the world transfer record for the first time in July 2009 with the £80 million sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.

Transfers in bold are also British record transfers
Date Player Sold to Fee[54]
April 1900 England William Bryant Blackburn Rovers £50
April 1900 Scotland Joe Cassidy Manchester City £250
October 1909 Scotland Alex Downie Oldham Athletic £600
June 1911 England Ted Connor Sheffield United £750
July 1912 England Harold Halse Aston Villa £1,200
August 1913 England Charlie Roberts Oldham Athletic £1,750
December 1920 England Tommy Meehan Chelsea £3,300
September 1937 Scotland George Mutch Preston North End £5,000
March 1948 England Joe Walton Preston North End £10,000
March 1949 England Johnny Morris Derby County £24,500
January 1962 England Dennis Viollet Stoke City £25,000
March 1962 England Warren Bradley Bury £40,000
June 1972 Scotland Francis Burns Southampton £50,000
June 1972 England Alan Gowling Huddersfield Town £60,000
March 1973 Scotland Ted MacDougall West Ham United £130,000
March 1977 Republic of Ireland Gerry Daly Derby County £175,000
April 1978 England Gordon Hill Derby County £250,000
August 1979 England Brian Greenhoff Leeds United £350,000
October 1980 England Andy Ritchie Brighton & Hove Albion £500,000
June 1984 England Ray Wilkins Milan £1,500,000
August 1986 Wales Mark Hughes Barcelona £2,500,000
July 1995 England Paul Ince Internazionale £7,000,000
August 2001 Netherlands Jaap Stam Lazio £15,250,000
June 2003 England David Beckham Real Madrid £25,000,000
July 2009 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid £80,000,000