View Manchester United FC statistics from previous seasons, including league position and top goalscorer, on the official website of the Premier League. The draw for the FA Cup third round took place on 9 December 2005, and Manchester United were given a home tie with Conference National side Exeter City. We've had luck in the past, so you understand it can happen. The visitors took the lead just before the break, but goals from José Antonio Reyes and Robin van Persie in the second half meant Arsenal won 2–1. The Final was United's third game in 10 days, with the Premier League title being sealed in the first and an FA Cup final win against Newcastle in the second.

Event occurs in additional time of the first half; live coverage between 15:46pm and 15:48pm. [37] A minute later, Silvestre found Rooney with another diagonal pass; Rooney attempted to drive in a low cross, but it ended up heading towards goal and came back off the foot of the post. Roy Keane put holders United on course for victory over Southampton after two minutes, scoring what turned out to be his final goal for the club, before goals either side of the interval confirmed their supremacy. The Reds then set off to North America for their pre-season tour, taking part in the ChampionsWorld Series. The game ended 1–1.

Arsenal finally got their first shot on target in the seventh minute of extra time, when a Van Persie free kick – awarded for a foul by Silvestre – forced a diving save from Carroll.

United's next game of their pre-season tour was against Celtic at the Lincoln Financial Field. Event occurs in additional time of the first half; live coverage between 15:46pm and 15:48pm. Palace keeper Gábor Király saved well from Van Nistelrooy either side of the interval, and the Dutchman also wasted two great chances late on. Manchester United dominated the match, creating four times as many shots as their opponents, but struggled to find the breakthrough. United played a home tie with fellow FA Premier League club and rivals Arsenal in the fifth round.

Arsenal then brought on Edu to replace Pires for the remaining 15 minutes.

José Antonio Reyes set up Gilberto Silva to tap home the opening goal for the Gunners.

Sir Alex Ferguson's team were unbeaten in 32 games in all competitions -- a run stretching back to December 1998 -- but Bayern were also on form, having just clinched the Bundesliga title. [37], In the closing stages of the first half, Van Nistelrooy got his first shot on goal, turning Senderos only to send the ball trickling along the floor for Lehmann to save comfortably. [40] The match threatened to descend into a mass brawl soon after, when Fortune caught Ljungberg in the face with a flailing arm and then committed a high tackle on Edu, provoking a reaction from the Arsenal players. Ryan Giggs superbly chipped in to give the Red Devils hope, but Damien Duff's 50-yard free-kick, intended as a cross, broke United's hearts and sent Chelsea through to the final.

[40], The second half of extra time began with yet another chance for Manchester United, this time constructed from a Giggs break down the left wing, but Van Nistelrooy failed in his attempt to back-heel Giggs' cross into the goal and the opportunity was wasted. Gabriel Heinze gave United a first-half lead on his debut, but it was not the perfect start he may have expected.

[37] Lehmann came to meet the second corner kick, but missed the ball, allowing it to go all the way through to Van Nistelrooy; the Dutchman headed the ball goalwards, but Ljungberg was on the line and headed it up onto the crossbar and away. [69] United returned to the Millennium Stadium eight months after the FA Cup loss, and beat Wigan Athletic to win the 2006 Football League Cup Final. United threatened after the break, with substitute Paul Scholes firing only inches wide deep into injury time. [56] The match itself was watched by 10 million viewers (61%), and coverage of the final averaged at 7.3 million (50.5%). [44] The full-time whistle went immediately after Reyes' dismissal, and the match finished at 0–0, making it the first FA Cup Final to result in a penalty shootout.

Time is both the biggest ally and enemy of football teams, and Liverpool had more time than United. Wayne Rooney equalised in the 57th minute with a superb volley hit with the outside of his right foot, drawing gasps from the Old Trafford crowd. "[47] Henry, who sat out the final due to injury expressed sympathy for Manchester United, and recollected a similar experience from his early Arsenal career: "I know how they feel because we lost against Liverpool and did not deserve to lose. [65] On the pitch, Manchester United began the 2005–06 season poorly; they were eliminated in the group stages of the Champions League and the manager was booed at home after United lost to Blackburn Rovers. Van Nistelrooy, who had a goal ruled out for offside, converted after Erik Edman had fouled John O'Shea. If your name is on the cup you win it. There were some times in the second half when we were a bit lucky but we defended very well and to keep a clean sheet is good. He raced to retrieve the ball from the Milan net to ensure that Liverpool did not lose momentum. Following a 2–0 win over Charlton Athletic, in which veterans Giggs and Scholes scored, United travelled to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion on 27 November. United were shut out for the second successive Premier League game by a resolute and determined City side, who offered little of an attacking threat. [39] The break in play allowed Manchester United to make their first substitution, bringing on Fortune for O'Shea, who appeared to be struggling with a calf injury. "[9], Arsenal faced Blackburn Rovers in the semi-final which was played on 16 April 2005. "[50], Writing for The Daily Telegraph, pundit Alan Hansen felt the ease in which Manchester United dominated the final and Arsenal's inability to vary tactics highlighted why Wenger needed to make changes in the close season. The 2005 FA Cup Final was a football match played between Arsenal and Manchester United on 21 May 2005 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Alex Ferguson's men ended the game in shame as Gary Neville and Paul Scholes were sent off after the break. Liverpool, meanwhile, went into the 2005 final on the back of a disappointing league campaign with a squad that had clear weaknesses. Shola Ameobi steered in an effort for Newcastle but Cristiano Ronaldo's shot ended their faint hopes of a comeback. Manchester United 2 1 19:45 Benfica FT. Saturday 24th September Premier League Manchester United 2004–05 football season, Although they failed to qualify for the Champions League as one of the top four English clubs, Liverpool were given a special dispensation to compete as the, 2004–05 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds § Third qualifying round, 2004–05 UEFA Champions League group stage, 2004–05 UEFA Champions League knockout stage, "Lewandowski top scorer in Champions League group stage",–05_Manchester_United_F.C._season&oldid=979140698, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 September 2020, at 01:26. [31], Roy Keane was appearing in his seventh FA Cup Final having previously played in the 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2004 finals. With eleven minutes of normal time remaining, Robert Pires scored for Arsenal, but the team conceded a late penalty which Andy Gray converted. The result left United in seventh place, nine points behind Arsenal and eleven behind Chelsea. Stream on ESPN+ (U.S. only).
Ruud van Nistelrooy's penalty three minutes before the interval ensured the Red Devils won consecutive FA Premier League matches for the first time in the 2004–05 season, went up to fifth in the table, and ended Spurs' unbeaten run.

Lyon were in command at half-time, with United goalkeeper Tim Howard gifting them the lead after 34 minutes by dropping Juninho's free-kick for Cris to score. Manchester United Soccer 2005 is a difficult game to recommend--even to fans of the club. Liverpool drew level soon after the break when Steve Finnan's header was inadvertently turned in by fellow Irishman John O'Shea. The final analysis?

"[72] The match is considered an example of Wenger setting his team up pragmatically and going against his ideals. This result left United hanging just above the relegation zone in 17th place.

Did they both start badly? [35] Then, with just seconds left in regulation time, Ronaldo made a break towards the Arsenal half, only to be cynically body-checked by Reyes. United paid the price for failing to convert any of their many chances. [71], Kevin McCarra regards the final as a turning point in the rivalry between the two clubs: "...Arsenal and United, who could barely be prised apart in 2005, have since gone their separate ways. [37], Reyes received his first yellow card in the 76th minute, when he was late in tackling Silvestre after the French defender had played a backpass to Carroll. Boro's best chance came after 31 minutes, but Roy Carroll dived to save well at the feet of Boudewijn Zenden from only eight yards. [citation needed] In later years, Wenger deviated from his usual counter-attacking style, and imposed a fluent system, with less emphasis on physicality. Scholes set up the second, passing to Darren Fletcher who side-footed home. The only way we were going to win this final was on penalties.". Solskjaer had just won the Champions League for Manchester United. Craig Fleming and Jason Shackell were outstanding in a Canaries defence that thwarted United's subdued strikeforce. They are so close so that whoever gets in front has an advantage," he said. [15], In the semi-final Manchester United faced Newcastle United at the Millennium Stadium. Talal El Karkouri's mistake allowed Smith to add a third, with a Rooney flick sealing a fine win, while late on Charlton's Chris Perry was sent off. The 2005 FA Cup Final was a football match played between Arsenal and Manchester United on 21 May 2005 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. In Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,000th match in charge of the club, United hosted Lyon on matchday 5, with Gary Neville opening the scoring with his second career goal in Europe inside 20 minutes. [46] Mark Lawrenson, the BBC's co-commentator for the final, summarised to his counterpart John Motson: "Well, we must congratulate Arsenal on the way they took the penalties – they were excellent [...] But I have to say over the course of the 120 minutes, Manchester United have been mugged. [51] Hansen agreed with Ferguson that United's lack of goal threat cost them on the day, but felt their future was rosier than Arsenal's. The ball broke back to Rooney 30 yards from goal, but his shot went over the bar. [37], Arsenal then made their second substitution, bringing on Van Persie in place of Cesc Fàbregas. […] You act now like it is a decade that we haven’t beaten Manchester United – it's not true.

[34], Manchester United kicked the game off, and also fashioned the first chance of the game; Ronaldo beat Lauren on the left wing to put over a cross, only for Scholes to head the ball over the crossbar after losing his marker. On 30 June, United released Northern Irish goalkeeper Roy Carroll, Welsh forward Daniel Nardiello, Spanish goalkeeper Ricardo, Republic of Ireland defender Paul Tierney and Gambian striker Arthur Gómez. Neville saw red for kicking the ball at a spectator and Scholes for two fouls. From that point on, United struggled to impose themselves on the game, with Ferguson's team missing the drive of Keane and Scholes' ball-retention skills. It was described by BBC Sport as the "most glaring miss of the match, if not the entire season.

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