The FA Cup is one of the most historic prizes in the whole of sport. It has been a stable of the football calendar in the United Kingdom for 148 years and is the oldest national football competition in world football. Manchester United in FA Cup action is always one of the highlights of any season, and throughout history, the club has had a stranglehold on the competition like few teams have ever had on a cup competition.

That is highlighted by the fact that United start the season by leading the betting in the outright markets to win the competition every season. Only Arsenal have won more FA Cups than Manchester United.

The 2019-20 season will begin with Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup due to their standing in the Premier League. It will be a massive season for the club in the competition as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to win his first ever trophy as a manager with the club, and this competition will be signalled as one of the best opportunities to do so. The history of both the competition and the club show that United will be among the contenders up until the final in May.

Manchester United FA Cup History

  • 1892-93:   R1
  • 1893-94:   R2
  • 1894–95:   R1
  • 1895–96:   R2
  • 1896–97:   R3
  • 1897–98:   R2
  • 1898–99:   R1
  • 1899–1900:   QR3
  • 1900–01:   R1
  • 1901–02:   RInt
  • 1902–03:   R2
  • 1903–04:   R2
  • 1904–05:   RInt
  • 1905–06:   R4
  • 1906–07:   R1
  • 1907–08:   R4
  • 1908–09:   Winners
  • 1909–10:   R1
  • 1910–11:   R3
  • 1911–12:   R4
  • 1912–13:   R3
  • 1913–14:   R1
  • 1914–15:   R1
  • 1919–20: R2
  • 1920–21: R1
  • 1921–22: R1
  • 1922–23: R2
  • 1923–24: R2
  • 1924–25: R1
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  • 1925–26: SF
  • 1926–27: R3
  • 1927–28: R6
  • 1928–29: R4
  • 1929–30: R3
  • 1930–31: R4
  • 1931–32: R3
  • 1932–33: R3
  • 1933–34: R3
  • 1934–35: R4
  • 1935–36: R4
  • 1936–37: R4
  • 1937–38: R5
  • 1938–39: R3
  • 1939–40: n/a
  • 1945–46: R4
  • 1946–47: R4
  • 1947–48: Winners
  • 1948–49: SF
  • 1949–50: R6
  • 1950–51: R6
  • 1951–52: R3
  • 1952–53: R5
  • 1953–54: R3
  • 1954–55: R4
  • 1955–56: R3
  • 1956–57: Runners-up
  • 1957–58: Runners-up
  • 1958–59: R3
  • 1959–60: R5
  • 1960–61: R4
  • 1961–62: SF
  • 1962–63: Winners
  • 1963–64: SF
  • 1964–65: SF
  • 1965–66: SF
  • 1966–67: R4
  • 1967–68: R3
  • 1968–69: R6
  • 1969–70: Third place
  • 1970–71: R3
  • 1971–72: R6
  • 1972–73: R3
  • 1973–74: R4
  • 1974–75: R3
  • 1975–76: Runners-up
  • 1976–77: Winners
  • 1977–78: R4
  • 1978–79: Runners-up
  • 1979–80: R3
  • 1980–81: R4
  • 1981–82: R3
  • 1982–83: Winners
  • 1983–84: R3
  • 1984–85: Winners
  • 1985–86: R5
  • 1986–87: R4
  • 1987–88: R5
  • 1988–89: R6
  • 1989–90: Winners
  • 1990–91: R5
  • 1991–92: R4
  • 1992–93: R5
  • 1993–94: Winners
  • 1994–95: Runners-up
  • 1995–96: Winners
  • 1996–97: R4
  • 1997–98: R5
  • 1998–99: Winners
  • 1999–2000: n/a
  • 2000–01: R4
  • 2001–02: R4
  • 2002–03: R5
  • 2003–04: Winners
  • 2004–05: Runners-up
  • 2005–06: R5
  • 2006–07: Runners-up
  • 2007–08: R6
  • 2008–09: SF
  • 2009–10: R3
  • 2010–11: SF
  • 2011–12: R4
  • 2012–13: R6
  • 2013–14: R3
  • 2014–15: R6
  • 2015–16: Winners
  • 2016–17: QF
  • 2017–18: Runners-up
  • 2018–19: QF

Manchester United FA Cup Wins

Manchester United in FA Cup 1908-09

Manchester United tasted their first ever FA Cup success during their 12th year of existence. Back in the 1908-09 season, the Red Devils weren’t the brand that they are today, and they were yet to taste victory in any competition. The league season was a disappointment for the club as they finished in 13th position. However, in the FA Cup competition, the club came alive. They conceded just three goals on their way to the final; beating Brighton & Hove Albion, Everton and Blackburn Rovers in the opening three rounds. Their fourth-round tie against Burnley was called off after heavy snowfall and was replayed five days later; with United running out 3-2 winners. They ensured a first trophy in the cabinet by beating Bristol City in the FA Cup final, after a coach from Sam Turnbull was enough to separate the sides.

Manchester United in FA Cup 1947-48

The fans had to wait 39 years to see Manchester United in another FA Cup final, and under the stewardship of Sir Matt Busby, it was glory again. United beat Aston Villa, Liverpool, Charlton, Preston North End and Derby County on their way to the final. In front of 99,000 fans’ at Wembley United beat Blackpool 4-2 in a hotly-contested afternoon of action.

Manchester United in FA Cup 1962-63

Manchester United’s next success in the FA Cup came in the 1962-63 season. It was an excellent way to end a very disappointing season; as United had narrowly avoided relegation, and that was surprising considering that the team, including Sir Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law. Their route to the final saw the club beat Huddersfield Town, Aston Villa and Chelsea, before winning the 1963 FA Cup final 3-1 against Leicester City; with Law getting on the scoresheet.

Manchester United in FA Cup 1976-1977

United again had to wait for success. The era of Busby, Charlton and Law was in the distant past by the time that the 1976-77 FA Cup season began. Now under the stewardship of Tommy Docherty, the club managed to end the season strongly in sixth place and another trophy for the Old Trafford cabinet. United attracted over 45,000 fans for every fixture on their way to the FA Cup final, where they met old rivals Liverpool in the showpiece event. It was a cagey match, but in the end, the outsiders in the betting; United, ran out 2-1 winners.

Manchester United in FA Cup 1982-83

It is unknown to most football fans, but the FA Cup used to use replays as opposed to extra time and penalties to crown the winners of the prestigious competition. Manchester United FA Cup fixtures had been kind all the way through to the final, and the Wembley event saw them take on already relegated Brighton. The Red Devils were heavy favourites in all the betting markets, and it seemed that they were destined to win. However, United were lucky to end the game at 2-2 after Gary Bailey made a world-class save to deny Brighton a first major trophy in the final seconds.

The subsequent replay was anything but a close encounter; with United showing all their qualities to win the game 4-0 on a rare Thursday night FA Cup final. Bryan Robson scored twice, while Norman Whiteside and Arnold Muhren added one apiece.

Manchester United in FA Cup 1984-85

Two years later and another one was added to the Manchester United FA Cup wins. This time it was a tight affair between two sides that had finished near each other in the league. Everton were the defending champions, and heavy favourites to beat United at Wembley, but the game was decided in extra time. Whiteside scored the decisive goal of the game. It was the first time in the history of the competition that all the players from the winning side had received at least one international cap.

Manchester United in FA Cup Player Stats

Stat Player Total
Most Appearances
Ryan Giggs 59
Top Goalscorer Wayne Rooney 22
Most Yellow Cards Paul Scholes 10
Most Red Cards Paul Scholes
Gary Neville
Tomasz Kuszczak  

Manchester United in FA Cup 1989-90

Possibly the most important two games in the history of Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson had been brought in to win the domestic title, but after failing in the previous two years; his job was on the line in the 1990 FA Cup final. Manchester United trailed in the first game, but Robson and two goals from Mark Hughes forced a replay. Seven days later and it was another cagey affair, but this time United kept their nerve and won the game after a Lee Martin goal. If United would have failed to win this final, then the historic run of Premier League titles that the club achieved may never have happened.

Manchester United in FA Cup 1993-94

United made history in the 1994 FA Cup final by becoming the first team of the 20th century to win both the FA Cup and the top flight championship. They went into the game as heavy favourites with the bookmakers after their opponents, Chelsea, finished the season in eighth place and were playing in their first FA Cup final in 24 years. The game was as comfortable as any FA Cup final in history, and the Red Devils ran out 4-0 winners. The goals were scored by Brian McClair, Mark Hughes and two for Eric Cantona.

Manchester United in FA Cup 1995-96

The 51st FA Cup final after the end of the Second World War was fought out between the two most successful sides in the history of the English game. Manchester United and Liverpool. Manchester United FA Cup results that got them to this stage made them the favourites to win the game, and that proved to be the case. It was a cagey affair where the star players were marked closely throughout. However, Cantona eluded the defence and secured a famous Wembley win over their famous rivals in the 85th minute.

Manchester United FA Cup Year Breakdown

  • Winners – 1908-09, 1947-48, 1962-63, 1976-77, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1989-90, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2003-04, 2015-16
  • Runners-Up – 1956-57, 1957-58, 1975-76, 1978-79, 1994-95, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2017-18

Manchester United in FA Cup 1998-99

United made history again in the 1999 FA Cup final, as the club won the second trophy of a remarkable treble. The Red Devils faced Premier League opponents in all but one of the previous rounds and took the initiative early on by scoring inside 11 minutes. Teddy Sheringham opened the scoring before Paul Scholes wrapped up the win eight minutes into the second half. Just four days later and United added the Champions League to their list of honour for the season; the ultimate treble.

Manchester United in FA Cup 2003-04

The final FA Cup success of Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford came in the 2004 final. The club were in the middle of a transformation over the squad, with young players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Darren Fletcher being picked instead of players that had been at the club for an extended period of time. Ronaldo was the star of the show and scored one, before setting up two for Ruud van Nistelrooy. This was to be United’s final success in the FA Cup for 11 years. The record of Manchester United FA Cup finals is not the best, as they have lost on eight occasions; two of which came in the next three years following this final. The latter of these two came in the FA Cup final of 2007 against Chelsea were United were heavy favourites to add to their Premier League title in the first final back at Wembley; however, the Red Devils were beaten 1-0 in a hugely forgettable game.

Manchester United in FA Cup 2016-17

The most recent FA Cup win to date came in the 2017 showpiece event. United went into the game as the heavy favourites in the betting against Crystal Palace. However, the Red Devils fell behind in the 78th minute when Jason Puncheon put the Eagles ahead. United fought back and forced extra time after Juan Mata levelled the scores. Louis van Gaal was handed a farewell gift ten minutes from time when Jesse Lingard struck the winner and delivered a first major trophy to Old Trafford since 2013