Given the lean seasons that Manchester United have experienced recently, supporters of the club would likely be content with any piece of silverware from the 2022/23 season. That would mark the end of a six-year trophy drought.
But it’s mid-February and the Red Devils are incredibly in the running to win all four competitions, with new manager Erik ten Hag eyeing what would be a historic quadruple. No team in England has managed to win all three major domestic trophies, plus a European trophy.
Rivals Manchester City did their own quadruple in 2018/19, but that consisted of four domestic trophies, including the Community Shield. Outside of England, German side Bayern Munich won four trophies in 2012/13, including the Champions League and the one-off DFL-Supercup (the equivalent of the Community Shield).
Manchester United secured a famous treble in 1998/99 by winning the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League, and the FA Cup, but they were knocked out in the League Cup quarterfinals by Tottenham.
Looking back over half a century, Celtic’s famous Lisbon Lions (1966/67) bagged themselves five trophies in one season, including the European Cup (vs. Inter Milan), plus the Scottish league title, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup and the local Glasgow Cup.
Below is a look at how Manchester United are faring so far in each of the four competitions of the 2022/23 campaign.
- Next match: Carabao Cup final
- Opponent: vs. Newcastle United
- Date: Sunday, February 26
Manchester United will be playing in the final of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2017, when they last won the trophy against Southampton.
The club’s march to the title match includes winning all five matches by two goals or more. A victory at Wembley Stadium would provide another injection of belief heading into the latter stages of the other three competitions.
|Nov. 10||Third Round||Aston Villa (H)||W / 4-2|
|Dec. 21||Round of 16||Burnley (H)||W / 2-0|
|Jan. 10||Quarterfinals||Charlton Athletic (H)||W / 3-0|
|Jan. 25||Semifinals 1st Leg||Nott’m Forest (A)||W / 3-0|
|Feb. 1||Semifinals 2nd Leg||Nott’m Forest (H)||W / 2-0|
- Next match: Round of 16 (1st Leg)
- Opponent: vs. Real Betis
- Date: Thursday, March 9
After opening Europa League play with a home loss, Man United recovered to win the remaining five group stage matches. But it wasn’t enough to overcome Real Sociedad for first place in Group E, and the goal difference tiebreaker sent the second-place Red Devils into the Knockout Playoff round.
There they were drawn against Spain’s La Liga leaders Barcelona in the Knockout Playoffs with Man United claiming the 2-1 in the decisive second leg to win 3-2 on aggregate after a pulsating 2-2 at the Camp Nou.
|Sept. 8||Group Stage (Group E)||Real Sociedad (H)||L / 1-0|
|Sept. 15||Group Stage (Group E)||Sheriff Tiraspol (A)||W / 2-0|
|Oct. 6||Group Stage (Group E)||Omonia Nicosia (A)||W / 3-2|
|Oct. 13||Group Stage (Group E)||Omonia Nicosia (H)||W / 1-0|
|Oct. 27||Group Stage (Group E)||Sheriff Tiraspol (H)||W / 3-0|
|Nov. 3||Group Stage (Group E)||Real Sociedad (A)||W / 1-0|
|Feb. 16||Knockout Playoff 1st Leg||Barcelona (A)||D / 2-2|
|Feb. 23||Knockout Playoff 2nd Leg||Barcelona (H)||W / 2-1|
|March 9||Round of 16 1st Leg||Real Betis (H)||TBD|
|March 16||Round of 16 2nd Leg||Real Betis (A)||TBD|
- Next match: Round of 16
- Opponent: vs. West Ham
- Date: Wednesday, March 1
Manchester United has benefited from a favourable draw in this competition with three consecutive home games, including the upcoming last-16 match against struggling West Ham on March 1.
Rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are the only other ‘Big Six’ clubs remaining in the competition at this stage, making the Red Devils one of the favorites to win the trophy.
|Jan. 6||Third Round||Everton (H)||W / 3-1|
|Jan. 28||Fourth Round||Reading (H)||W / 3-1|
|Mar. 1||Round of 16||West Ham (H)||TBD|
- Next match: Matchday 25 of 38
- Opponent: at Liverpool
- Date: Sunday, March 5
This is the toughest assignment remaining for Manchester United given they have ground to make up, and two strong teams ahead of them in Arsenal and Manchester City with no direct matchups remaining against either side.
If Man United are to win their first Premier League title in 10 years (since 2012/13), they will have to survive tough road trips to Liverpool, Newcastle, and Tottenham, in addition to a home game against Chelsea.
|24||Sun, Feb. 19||vs. Leicester City||W / 3-0||3rd||5 pts||4%|
|25||Sun, Mar. 5||at Liverpool|
|26||Sat, Mar. 11||vs Southampton|
|27||Sun, Mar. 19||at Brighton|
|28||Sun, Apr. 2||at Newcastle|
|29||Wed, Apr. 5||vs Brentford|
|30||Sat, Apr. 8||vs Everton|
|31||Sat, Apr. 15||at Nott’m Forest|
|32||Sat, Apr. 22||vs Chelsea|
|33||Sun, Apr. 27||at Tottenham|
|34||Sun, Apr. 30||vs Aston Villa|
|35||Sat, May 6||at West Ham|
|36||Sat, May 13||vs Wolves|
|37||Sat, May 20||at Bournemouth|
|38||Sun, May 28||vs Fulham|
Published at Sun, 26 Feb 2023 17:16:00 +0000