Manchester United in Europe: finals, numbers

Manchester United's entry in the UEFA Europa League means they could be only the fifth club to win all three major European trophies: watch all their past final triumphs.

Manchester United lift the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2008
Manchester United lift the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2008 ©Getty Images

Manchester United enter the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League knowing victory in the competition will allow them to join a select band of elite clubs.

Having won the European Cup in 1968, 1999 and 2008, and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991, a United victory in Solna in May would make them only the fifth club to have claimed all three of UEFA's major trophies after Ajax, Juventus, Bayern München and Chelsea.

Click on the video player above to watch all four of United's past final wins and read on for the key numbers from a team whose record in Europe few can match.

Statistics counted: European Cup/UEFA Champions League inc qualifiers, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European Cup Winners' Cup.
Not counted: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Super Cup

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The trophies
European Cup: 1968, 1999, 2008
Cup Winners' Cup: 1991

Match record
European Cup: campaigns 27, titles 3, P261 W145 D64 L52 F483 A248
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: campaigns 8, titles 0, P28 W8 D11 L9 F42 A29
Cup Winners' Cup: campaigns 5, titles 1, P31 W16 D9 L6 F55 A35
Overall: campaigns 38*, titles 4, P320 W168 D84 L67 F570 A312

*In 2011/12 and 2015/16 Manchester United played in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

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Records in Europe
Record win: 10-0 v Anderlecht, 26/09/1956
Most appearances: Ryan Giggs 157
Most goals: Wayne Rooney 37
Most games coached: Sir Alex Ferguson 222 (European record)

Position in all time tables
(all competitions)
Most trophies: 10th= (4) – 1st: Real Madrid (13)
Most games played: 14th= (320) – 1st: Real Madrid (492)
Most games won: 9th= (169) – 1st: Real Madrid (285)
Most goals scored: 8th (570) – 1st: Real Madrid (1041)
Most appearances: Ryan Giggs 6th (157) – 1st: Xavi Hernández (170)

(European Cup only)
Most trophies: 7th= (3) – 1st: Real Madrid (11)
Most games played: 4th (261) – 1st: Real Madrid (397)
Most games won: 4th (145) – 1st: Real Madrid (236)
Most goals scored: 4th (483) – 1st: Real Madrid (873)
Most appearances: Ryan Giggs 3rd (151) – 1st: Iker Casillas (160)

Ajax complete set: 1995
Ajax complete set: 1995

Previous winners of all three UEFA club competitions
AFC Ajax
European Cup: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: 1992
Cup Winners' Cup: 1987

Bayern München
European Cup: 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: 1996
Cup Winners' Cup: 1967

European Cup: 2012
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: 2013
Cup Winners' Cup: 1971, 1998

European Cup: 1985, 1996
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: 1977, 1990, 1993
Cup Winners' Cup: 1984

Clubs that can still match them:
Need to win UEFA Champions League
Anderlecht, Atlético Madrid*, Parma, Tottenham Hotspur*, Valencia

Need to win UEFA Europa League
AC Milan, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg, Manchester United*

*Starting in the competition this season (Barcelona and Dortmund could transfer to UEFA Europa League)

Clubs that have won European Cup and UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup but never won European Cup Winners' Cup
Feyenoord, Internazionale Milano, Liverpool, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid

  • José Mourinho's record

• Titles: UEFA Cup 2003 (Porto), UEFA Champions League 2004 (Porto), 2010 (Internazionale Mliano)

When Mourinho first wowed Old Trafford
When Mourinho first wowed Old Trafford

• Record in UEFA club competition:
European Cup: P133 W71 D34 L28 (14 seasons: 2 titles, 1 runners-up finish, 6 semi-final defeats, 4 round of 16 losses, 1 group exit)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: P13 W8 D3 L2 (2 seasons: 1 title, 1 first round exit)
Total P146 W79 D37 L30 (total in 16 seasons: 3 titles, 4 finals, 10 semi-finals)

• If Manchester United win the UEFA Europa League, he will become the first coach to win both the UEFA Champions League/European Cup and the UEFA Cup in its various guises on multiple occasions.

• Only one other coach has won more than one major UEFA club competition twice: Sir Alex Ferguson (UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in 1999 and 2008, Cup Winners' Cup with Aberdeen in 1983 and United in 1991).