2015–16 Manchester United F.C. season
|Co-chairmen||Joel and Avram Glazer|
|Manager||Louis van Gaal|
|League Cup||Fourth Round|
|UEFA Champions League||Group stage|
|UEFA Europa League||Round of 16|
League: Anthony Martial (11)|
All: Anthony Martial (17)
|Highest home attendance||
75,415 vs. Swansea City|
(2 January 2016)
|Lowest home attendance||
56,607 vs. Ipswich Town|
(23 September 2015)
|Average home league attendance||75,329|
The 2015–16 season was Manchester United's 24th season in the Premier League, and their 41st consecutive season in the top flight of English football. Along with the Premier League, the club also competed in the FA Cup, Football League Cup and UEFA Champions League. Following a third-place finish in their UEFA Champions League group, the club was entered into the last 32 stage of the UEFA Europa League, in which they beat Midtjylland of Denmark, before losing to rivals Liverpool in the round of 16. Manchester United won their 12th FA Cup with a 2–1 win over Crystal Palace in the final at Wembley Stadium.
- 1 Pre-season and friendlies
- 2 Premier League
- 3 FA Cup
- 4 League Cup
- 5 UEFA Champions League
- 6 UEFA Europa League
- 7 Squad statistics
- 8 Transfers
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
Pre-season and friendlies
Manchester United announced a shortened pre-season tour of the United States on 28 April 2015. The first match against Mexican side Club América was played on 17 July at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and was followed, four days later, by a game against Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes at the Earthquakes' home ground, Avaya Stadium in San Jose. It was originally scheduled to be played at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, but it was moved to reduce the amount of travelling the team would have to do. Four days later, Manchester United faced European champions Barcelona at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, before completing the campaign at Chicago's Soldier Field with a game against Paris Saint-Germain.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result
|17 July 2015||Club América||N||1–0||Schneiderlin 5'||46,857|
|21 July 2015||San Jose Earthquakes||A||3–1||Mata 32', Depay 36', Pereira 61'||18,000|
|25 July 2015||Barcelona||N||3–1||Rooney 8', Lingard 65', Januzaj 90'||68,416|
|29 July 2015||Paris Saint-Germain||N||0–2||61,351|
The fixtures for the 2015–16 Premier League were announced on 17 June 2015 at 09:00 BST. Manchester United began their campaign with a 1–0 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur on 8 August, with an own goal from Kyle Walker proving the difference between the two teams.
United then went top of the League for the first time since August 2013 with another 1–0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park the following Friday; Adnan Januzaj's goal in the 29th minute was his first since April 2014. The game had moved to Friday for policing reasons due to an English Defence League march in nearby Walsall the following day, a decision which also gave United an extra day to prepare for their UEFA Champions League play-off against Club Brugge. United kept a third clean sheet in a row at home to Newcastle United on 22 August, but the forwards were unable to find the net and the match finished as a goalless draw.
In the final fixture before the first international break, United conceded their first goals of the season as they lost 2–1 to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. After going ahead early in the second half through Juan Mata, they conceded twice in five minutes just after the hour mark, first to a header from André Ayew, who then provided the assist for Bafétimbi Gomis.
Following the international break, Manchester United returned to action with a home match against Liverpool. The first half was goalless, but goals from Daley Blind and Ander Herrera gave them the lead going into the last ten minutes. Christian Benteke then pulled one back for Liverpool with a bicycle kick before deadline day signing Anthony Martial scored a debut goal to seal a 3–1 win. Martial continued his scoring when United won 3–2 away to Southampton. Graziano Pellè first gave Southampton the lead before Martial scored a brace; the first goal before halftime and the second goal after. United also added a third goal from Juan Mata before Pellè could score his second and the final goal of the match.
On 26 September, United went on top of the league for the first time in over two years after beating Sunderland at home. Memphis Depay opened the scoring in first half stoppage time and Wayne Rooney scored 40 seconds into the second half – ending his longest barren spell in the Premier League after not scoring in 11 matches – before Juan Mata scored the final goal in the last minute of regular time to secure a 3–0 win.
In their next match, 4 October, the last match before a new international break, United suffered a 3–0 defeat against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, which was their worst defeat against the Gunners in the league for 17 years. Arsenal drew first blood through an Alexis Sánchez goal in the sixth minute before Mesut Özil added to the score barely 74 seconds later. Sánchez completed his brace in the 19th minute to condemn United to their second loss in the League this season, which made United drop to third in the league standings, behind Arsenal on goal difference.
After the international break, United travelled to Goodison Park to play Everton. After having lost 3–0 at the stadium the previous season, they won by the same scoreline after two early goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and a goal in the 62nd minute from United captain and former Everton player Wayne Rooney.
Their next match was the Manchester derby against Manchester City at Old Trafford. The match ended goalless, for the first time since 2010. Their next game, against Crystal Palace ended goalless as well, meaning United were down to fourth place at the end of the month.
United's first match of November saw them beat West Bromwich Albion 2–0 at Old Trafford. Jesse Lingard scored his first goal for the club seven minutes into the second half. In the first minute of stoppage time, West Brom went down to ten men after Gareth McAuley was sent off following a foul on Anthony Martial, which gave United a penalty, which Juan Mata took to seal the win for United.
After another international break, United faced Watford at Vicarage Road for the first time since 2006. Memphis Depay opened the scoring in the 11th minute after he volleyed a cross from Ander Herrera. Watford equalised late on through a Troy Deeney penalty, but then he put it into his own goal in stoppage time to give United back–to–back victories. On the following Saturday, they travelled to the King Power Stadium to play Leicester City. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring in the 24th minute, scoring in his 11th consecutive game. Bastian Schweinsteiger levelled the match before half–time, and no goals were scored in the second half, meaning both sides shared the points.
The club's first match of December was a goalless draw against West Ham United at Old Trafford. On 12 December, United travelled to Dean Court to face AFC Bournemouth, who were new to the Premier League. They fell behind after two minutes when Junior Stanislas struck the first goal from a corner. Marouane Fellaini levelled 22 minutes later, but Bournemouth hit back after Joshua King headed home the winner in the 54th minute.
They then suffered a second loss in a row, this time at home to another newly promoted side, this time it was Norwich City. Cameron Jerome headed in the opener seven minutes before half–time, then Alexander Tettey put the visitors 2–0 up in the 54th minute. Martial pulled one back but it was not enough, and it meant United were out of the top four (and, like in the 2013–14 season, when David Moyes was manager) they stayed out for the remainder of the season.
On Boxing Day, United travelled to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City. Yet again, it was another defeat, this time it was 2–0, meaning that United lost three matches in a row like what happened in May the previous season. Their final game of 2015 was a goalless draw at home to struggling and defending champions Chelsea. This meant United ended 2015 in sixth position after a run of six league games without a win, their worst run of results since January 1990.
United started 2016 with a home game against Swansea, and gained revenge on the Swans for their three–straight defeats by winning 2–1. It was United's first win since the away match against Watford in November. Anthony Martial headed in the opener two minutes into the second half. Gylfi Sigurðsson levelled in the 70th minute, but seven minutes later, Wayne Rooney flicked home the winner. Their next match saw them travel to St James' Park to play Newcastle. Rooney scored a penalty in the ninth minute before Jesse Lingard added his name to the scoresheet 29 minutes later. Georgino Wijnaldum pulled one back for Newcastle before half–time, then in the second half, Newcastle scored a penalty courtesy of Aleksandar Mitrović in the 67th minute. Twelve minutes later, Rooney pulled one back for United, but Paul Dummett equalised in the 90th minute, ending the match 3–3.
United returned to winning ways in their next match, defeating arch-rivals Liverpool 1-0, courtesy of a late Wayne Rooney strike. However United struggled initially to build on this victory, losing their next match at home to Southampton, with Charlie Austin scoring a late winner. United were subsequently booed off at full time by their fans. This result left United five points off of the top four at the end of the month.
United kick-started February in scintillating form, defeating Stoke City 3-0 at Old Trafford. Jesse Lingard, Antony Martial and Wayne Rooney supplied the goals. In the next game, United secured a strong point against Chelsea, drawing 1-1. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring on the hour mark, before a defensive lapse allowed Diego Costa to rescue a point for Chelsea in the closing stages of the match. One week later, United suffered a surprise defeat to relegation-contenders Sunderland, going down 2-1. Antony Martial cancelled out an early Wahbi Khazri opener, before a De Gea own goal provided Sunderland with the three points.
An injury-hit United however rallied in their next match, gaining a surprise (given the circumstances) victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford, winning 3-2. This game was noticeable for the emergence of Marcus Rashford, who scored a brace on his Premier League debut. Danny Welbeck and Mesut Özil both scored for Arsenal, yet Rashford's brace and a deflected Ander Herrera effort secured the win for United.
United won their opening fixture in March, defeating a stubborn Watford side 1-0, with Juan Mata securing the three points with an 83rd minute free-kick. However, in the next fixture, United lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion. Juan Mata was sent off in the first half, with United struggling with the man disadvantage. This was West Bromwich Albion's first home victory over United in 32 years.
United's next match was away to rivals Manchester City. Both sides were embroiled in a battle for a place in the Champions League. United won the derby, with Marcus Rashford continuing his meteoric rise by scoring the winner. Rashford became the youngest scorer in the history of the Manchester derby after his goal. The win kept the top-four hopes of United alive. Manager Louis Van Gaal also attracted praise for placing his faith in his young squad. This faith reaped dividends as United marched on.
United maintained momentum by beating Everton 1-0 at the start of April. Antony Martial continued his fine season by scoring a second-half winner. This win left United just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City. Yet United were unable to capitalise on their recent gains, losing 3-0 to Tottenham in the next game. This meant United fell further behind City.
Yet United returned to winning ways in their next match – defeating Aston Villa 1-0. Once again, Marcus Rashford scored the winner. United rounded off April with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. A Damien Delaney own goal was followed up by a Matteo Darmian effort to keep United in the top-four race.
United began the final month of the season with a 1–1 home draw against eventual champions Leicester. Antony Martial gave United an early lead, yet Wes Morgan equalised. Despite dominating possession, United were unable to force a winner. United kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 1-0 away victory over Norwich City. Juan Mata scored the winner.
After Manchester City slipped up, United knew two wins from their final two games would secure a top-four finish. However United failed to capitalise on this opportunity, losing 3-2 at West Ham, a club that also had an outside chance of claiming a top-four finish. This was the final game at the Boleyn Ground. United led the match 2-1 courtesy of an Anthony Martial double, yet West Ham produced a late fightback, which appeared to doom any chance of a top-four finish for United.
United required Manchester City to lose to Swansea to stand any chance of a top-four finish. United had a home fixture with Bournemouth to end the campaign. However, while both games were due to kick-off at the same time, a 'suspect package' was found at Old Trafford, leading to a full stadium evacuation. The match was eventually postponed amid safety fears. The incident was subsequently revealed to be a hoax, being labelled a 'fiasco'. This bizarre set of circumstances deprived United of a chance to apply pressure on City. City drew at Swansea, securing Champions League football. United's match against Bournemouth was re-arranged for midweek. United brought the curtain down on the campaign in style, winning 3–1. Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young scored the goals. After 38 games, United secured a haul of 66 points, good for fifth position. This finish secured Europa League football for the 2016–17 season.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result
|8 August 2015||Tottenham Hotspur||H||1–0||Walker 22' (o.g.)||75,261||4th|
|14 August 2015||Aston Villa||A||1–0||Januzaj 29'||42,200||1st|
|22 August 2015||Newcastle United||H||0–0||75,354||2nd|
|30 August 2015||Swansea City||A||1–2||Mata 48'||20,828||5th|
|12 September 2015||Liverpool||H||3–1||Blind 49', Herrera 70' (pen.), Martial 86'||75,347||2nd|
|20 September 2015||Southampton||A||3–2||Martial (2) 34', 50', Mata 68'||31,588||2nd|
|26 September 2015||Sunderland||H||3–0||Depay 45+4', Rooney 46', Mata 90'||75,328||1st|
|4 October 2015||Arsenal||A||0–3||60,084||3rd|
|17 October 2015||Everton||A||3–0||Schneiderlin 18', Herrera 22', Rooney 62'||39,553||2nd|
|25 October 2015||Manchester City||H||0–0||75,329||4th|
|31 October 2015||Crystal Palace||A||0–0||24,854||4th|
|7 November 2015||West Bromwich Albion||H||2–0||Lingard 52', Mata 90+1' (pen.)||75,410||4th|
|21 November 2015||Watford||A||2–1||Depay 11', Deeney 90' (o.g.)||20,702||2nd|
|28 November 2015||Leicester City||A||1–1||Schweinsteiger 45'||32,115||3rd|
|5 December 2015||West Ham United||H||0–0||75,350||4th|
|12 December 2015||AFC Bournemouth||A||1–2||Fellaini 24'||11,334||4th|
|19 December 2015||Norwich City||H||1–2||Martial 67'||75,320||5th|
|26 December 2015||Stoke City||A||0–2||27,426||6th|
|28 December 2015||Chelsea||H||0–0||75,275||6th|
|2 January 2016||Swansea City||H||2–1||Martial 47', Rooney 77'||75,415||5th|
|12 January 2016||Newcastle United||A||3–3||Rooney (2) 9' (pen.), 79', Lingard 38'||49,673||6th|
|17 January 2016||Liverpool||A||1–0||Rooney 78'||43,865||5th|
|23 January 2016||Southampton||H||0–1||75,408||5th|
|2 February 2016||Stoke City||H||3–0||Lingard 14', Martial 23', Rooney 53'||75,234||5th|
|7 February 2016||Chelsea||A||1–1||Lingard 61'||41,434||5th|
|13 February 2016||Sunderland||A||1–2||Martial 39'||41,687||5th|
|28 February 2016||Arsenal||H||3–2||Rashford (2) 29', 32', Herrera 65'||75,329||5th|
|2 March 2016||Watford||H||1–0||Mata 83'||75,282||5th|
|6 March 2016||West Bromwich Albion||A||0–1||24,878||6th|
|20 March 2016||Manchester City||A||1–0||Rashford 16'||54,557||6th|
|3 April 2016||Everton||H||1–0||Martial 54'||75,341||5th|
|10 April 2016||Tottenham Hotspur||A||0–3||35,761||5th|
|16 April 2016||Aston Villa||H||1–0||Rashford 32'||75,411||5th|
|20 April 2016||Crystal Palace||H||2–0||Delaney 4' (o.g.), Darmian 55'||75,277||5th|
|1 May 2016||Leicester City||H||1–1||Martial 8'||75,275||5th|
|7 May 2016||Norwich City||A||1–0||Mata 72'||27,132||5th|
|10 May 2016||West Ham United||A||2–3||Martial (2) 51', 72'||34,602||5th|
|17 May 2016||AFC Bournemouth||H||3–1||Rooney 43', Rashford 74', Young 87'||74,363||5th|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|3||Tottenham Hotspur||38||19||13||6||69||35||+34||70||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|4||Manchester City||38||19||9||10||71||41||+30||66||Qualification for the Champions League play-off round|
|5||Manchester United||38||19||9||10||49||35||+14||66||Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]|
|7||West Ham United||38||16||14||8||65||51||+14||62||Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[b]|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).
- Manchester United qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2015–16 FA Cup. As they had also qualified by their virtue of their league position (5th), this spot was passed to the next-highest ranked team (6th), Southampton.
- Manchester City qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Football League Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the League Cup winners was passed to the next best-placed team (seventh-placed West Ham United).
United entered the FA Cup in the third round together with the other Premier League clubs, as well as those from the Championship. The draw was made on 7 December 2015, which saw United drawn at home to Sheffield United from League One. United got their first shot on target through substitute Memphis Depay, who was fouled in second half stoppage time by Dean Hammond for a penalty kick, from which Wayne Rooney scored the only goal with United's only other shot on target. Manager Louis van Gaal was under pressure for Manchester United's poor form prior to the match, and the victory was compared to one in the same competition in 1990, in which a goal by Mark Robins reportedly saved the career of Alex Ferguson.
Twenty days later in the next round, United travelled to Pride Park to play Derby County, situated in the play-off places in the Championship. Rooney scored the first goal from outside the penalty area, but George Thorne soon equalised. In the second half, further United goals by Daley Blind and Juan Mata relieved Van Gaal of further pressure; it was the first time in 15 games that the team won by a margin of more than one goal.
On 22 February, United played the fifth round away at League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town. Chris Smalling opened the scoring, and Mata doubled the advantage in first-half added time. Jesse Lingard confirmed a 3–0 win with about half an hour left to play; in the closing stages United had to play with only 10 men when Will Keane was injured and no substitutes remained.
United hosted their sixth-round match against top-flight opponents West Ham United on 13 March. The visitors took the lead via a free-kick from Dimitri Payet, and only seven minutes remained when the hosts equalised with Anthony Martial's close-range finish. A month later, the game went to a replay, the final FA Cup match at the Boleyn Ground. A curled effort from Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United a lead in the second half, and the lead was doubled by Marouane Fellaini. West Ham halved the deficit late on after James Tomkins' header passed into David de Gea's net, and they threatened an equaliser but could not achieve it.
On 23 April, Manchester United travelled to Wembley to play Everton in the semi-finals. Martial assisted Fellaini to open the scoring against his former team, giving a half-time lead. After the break, a penalty was given when Timothy Fosu-Mensah fouled Ross Barkley, but De Gea saved the spot-kick after Romelu Lukaku took it. Everton brought on Gerard Deulofeu whose cross was put into United's net via a Chris Smalling own goal to level the scores. In added time, Ander Herrera set up Martial for the winner.
United's opponents for the Final were Crystal Palace, in a repeat of the 1990 showpiece which United won after a replay. Palace took the lead in the 78th minute through Jason Puncheon but Juan Mata equalised three minutes later, taking the match into extra time. Chris Smalling became the fourth player Cup Final history to be sent off, for a second bookable offence just before the end of the first period of extra time. With 10 minutes to go, Jesse Lingard scored the winner for United with a right-foot volley, winning the Cup for a record-equalling twelfth time.
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|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
|9 January 2016||Round 3||Sheffield United||H||1–0||Rooney 90+3' (pen.)||74,284|
|29 January 2016||Round 4||Derby County||A||3–1||Rooney 16', Blind 65', Mata 83'||31,134|
|22 February 2016||Round 5||Shrewsbury Town||A||3–0||Smalling 37', Mata 45'+2, Lingard 61'||9,370|
|13 March 2016||Round 6||West Ham United||H||1–1||Martial 83'||74,298|
|13 April 2016||Round 6
|West Ham United||A||2–1||Rashford 54', Fellaini 67'||33,505|
|23 April 2016||Semi-Final||Everton||N||2–1||Fellaini 34', Martial 90+3'||86,064|
|21 May 2016||Final||Crystal Palace||N||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Mata 81', Lingard 110'||88,610|
As one of eight English clubs who qualified for European competition in the 2014–15 season, United received a bye to the Third Round of the League Cup. The draw for the Third Round took place on 25 August and paired United with Championship side Ipswich Town. United won the game with Ipswich 3–0, with goals from Rooney, a direct free kick by Academy product Andreas Pereira, and the final goal from in-form substitute Martial. The draw for the fourth round was held on 23 September 2015. United were drawn at home to Middlesbrough from the Championship. United lost 3–1 on penalties after a goalless draw after extra time.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
|23 September 2015||Round 3||Ipswich Town||H||3–0||Rooney 23', Pereira 60', Martial 90+2'||56,607|
|28 October 2015||Round 4||Middlesbrough||H||0–0 (a.e.t.)
UEFA Champions League
Having finished fourth in the league last season, Manchester United began their UEFA Champions League campaign in the play-off round. They were seeded in the 'League Route' for the draw, which took place in Nyon on 7 August 2015. United were drawn in a two-legged tie against Belgian side Club Brugge, which they won 7–1 on aggregate, ensuring their place in the group stage after a one-season absence.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
|18 August 2015||Play-off round
|Club Brugge||H||3–1||Depay (2) 13', 43', Fellaini 90+4'||75,312|
|26 August 2015||Play-off round
|Club Brugge||A||4–0||Rooney (3) 20', 49', 57', Herrera 63'||28,733|
The group stage draw was made on 27 August 2015 in Monaco. Manchester United were drawn into Group B with Dutch champions PSV, the runners-up from Russia and Germany, CSKA Moscow and VfL Wolfsburg. Manchester United had been drawn in the same group as CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in 2009–10, while they had met PSV in the first group stage of the 2000–01 competition. United suffered a shock defeat to PSV in the first game as the hosts came from behind to win 2–1, after Depay scored the opener following his brace against Club Brugge in the play-offs. Héctor Moreno levelled the game at half-time, and Luciano Narsingh sealed the game in the 56th minute. In the 24th minute, United's in-form left-back Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Moreno, keeping him out for six months.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result
|15 September 2015||PSV||A||1–2||Depay 41'||35,292||3rd|
|30 September 2015||VfL Wolfsburg||H||2–1||Mata 34' (pen.), Smalling 52'||74,811||2nd|
|21 October 2015||CSKA Moscow||A||1–1||Martial 65'||18,156||2nd|
|3 November 2015||CSKA Moscow||H||1–0||Rooney 79'||75,165||1st|
|25 November 2015||PSV||H||0–0||75,321||2nd|
|8 December 2015||VfL Wolfsburg||A||2–3||Martial 10', Guilavogui 82' (o.g.)||26,400||3rd|
|1||Wolfsburg||6||4||0||2||9||6||+3||12||Advance to knockout phase|
|3||Manchester United||6||2||2||2||7||7||0||8||Transfer to Europa League|
UEFA Europa League
As one of the best four third-placed finishers in the Champions League group stage, United were seeded for the Europa League round of 32 draw, along with the group stage winners. The draw took place on 14 December 2015 and saw United drawn against Danish champions Midtjylland, with the away tie taking place on 18 February and the home tie on 25 February 2016. Despite taking the lead, United overcame a 2–1 deficit from the first leg to win 6–3 on aggregate. The round of 16 draw, which was held on 26 February, pitted United with rivals Liverpool for the first European meeting between the sides. United exited the tournament, losing 3–1 on aggregate.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
|18 February 2016||Round of 32
|25 February 2016||Round of 32
|Midtjylland||H||5–1||Bodurov 32' (o.g.), Rashford (2) 63', 75', Herrera 88' (pen.), Depay 90'||58,609|
|10 March 2016||Round of 16
|17 March 2016||Round of 16
|Liverpool||H||1–1||Martial 32' (pen.)||75,180|
|No.||Pos.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total||Discipline|
|1||GK||David de Gea||34||0||6||0||1||0||8||0||49||0||0||0|
|10||FW||Wayne Rooney (c)||27(1)||8||4(1)||2||1(1)||1||6||4||38(3)||15||6||0|
|16||MF||Michael Carrick (vc)||22(6)||0||4(1)||0||1||0||6(2)||0||33(9)||0||6||0|
|40||GK||Joel Castro Pereira||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Statistics accurate as of 21 May 2016.
|1 July 2015||FW||Memphis Depay||PSV||Undisclosed[nb 1]|
|11 July 2015||DF||Matteo Darmian||Torino||Undisclosed[nb 2]|
|13 July 2015||MF||Bastian Schweinsteiger||Bayern Munich||Undisclosed[nb 3]|
|13 July 2015||MF||Morgan Schneiderlin||Southampton||Undisclosed[nb 4]|
|27 July 2015||GK||Sergio Romero||Unattached||Free|
|1 September 2015||FW||Anthony Martial||Monaco||Undisclosed[nb 5]|
|1 September 2015||DF||Regan Poole||Newport County||Undisclosed|
|1 July 2015||GK||Ben Amos||Released|
|1 July 2015||MF||Tom Cleverley||Everton||Free|
|1 July 2015||DF||Callum Evans||Released|
|1 July 2015||DF||Saidy Janko||Celtic||Free|
|1 July 2015||DF||Jordan Thompson||Rangers||Free|
|1 July 2015||DF||Ryan McConnell||Released|
|1 July 2015||DF||Tom Thorpe||Released|
|6 July 2015||FW||Ángelo Henríquez||Dinamo Zagreb||Undisclosed|
|6 July 2015||MF||Nani||Fenerbahçe||£4.25m|
|14 July 2015||FW||Robin van Persie||Fenerbahçe||Undisclosed[nb 6]|
|21 July 2015||DF||Reece James||Wigan Athletic||Undisclosed|
|3 August 2015||DF||Rafael||Lyon||Undisclosed|
|6 August 2015||MF||Ángel Di María||Paris Saint-Germain||Undisclosed[nb 7]|
|29 August 2015||DF||Jonny Evans||West Bromwich Albion||Undisclosed[nb 8]|
|31 August 2015||FW||Javier Hernández||Bayer Leverkusen||Undisclosed[nb 9]|
|31 August 2015||GK||Anders Lindegaard||West Bromwich Albion||Free|
|November 2015||GK||Vanja Milinković-Savić||Released|
|11 January 2016||MF||Ben Pearson||Preston North End||Undisclosed|
|18 January 2016||MF||Liam Grimshaw||Preston North End||Undisclosed|
|Date from||Date to||Pos.||Name||To|
|8 July 2015||1 January 2016||FW||Will Keane||Preston North End|
|18 July 2015||3 January 2016||MF||Ben Pearson||Barnsley|
|18 July 2015||13 October 2015||MF||Joe Rothwell||Barnsley|
|29 August 2015||30 June 2016||DF||Tyler Blackett||Celtic|
|31 August 2015||6 January 2016||MF||Adnan Januzaj||Borussia Dortmund|
|1 September 2015||4 January 2016||MF||Liam Grimshaw||Motherwell|
|1 September 2015||29 September 2015||GK||Kieran O'Hara||Morecambe|
|2 October 2015||2 December 2015||DF||Donald Love||Wigan Athletic|
|19 November 2015||3 January 2016||GK||Joel Castro Pereira||Rochdale|
|24 November 2015||24 December 2015||GK||Kieran O'Hara||Stockport County|
|26 November 2015||30 June 2016||FW||James Wilson||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|31 December 2015||30 June 2016||GK||Sam Johnstone||Preston North End|
|7 January 2016||30 June 2016||FW||Ashley Fletcher||Barnsley|
|24 January 2016||29 April 2016||GK||Víctor Valdés||Standard Liège|
|2 February 2016||30 June 2016||MF||Nick Powell||Hull City|
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