Manchester United Football Club

Manchester United (also known as the red devils) is a professional football club that plays in the top English league, ‘Premier League’. The club is based in south west Manchester and has won more trophies than any other English club in the history.

The club’s home ground is called Old Trafford, which is used by the club since 1909 and has a capacity of nearly 75,000.

History of Manchester United Football Club

The club was founded in 1878 by workers from Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company. The club was initially named Newton Heath LYR. Newton Heath referred to the neighborhood of Manchester while LYR was a reference to Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company.

The club was admitted to The Football League in 1892. As this happened the club changed its name to Newton Heath. The club started facing financial issues and almost went bankrupt in 1902. John Henry Davy came to the rescue and saved the club. He became chairman and started changing structure of the club. Along with the change in structure, he thought that the change of name is also necessary. So from 1902, the club became known as Manchester United.

On 6th February 1958, was flying back after playing a European Cup match. At Munich the plane had two aborted attempts to take off and on the third attempt, the plane crashed. 8 players and 3 staff members lost their lives in this incident, famously known as Munich Air Disaster. After just 10 years, Manchester United played the final of European Cup and won the tournament. It was a remarkable achievement, considering what happened 10 years back. On May 29, 1999 Manchester United achieved the first and the only treble in English football history.

In 2011, Manchester United won their 19th Premier League title, and they surpassed their arch rivals Liverpool for the most Premier League titles in English football history.

Manchester United Supporters Club

Manchester United is one of the most famous and well supported clubs in the world. The club has the third highest social media following after Barcelona and Real Madrid. Most vocal supporters are present at the Stretford End at Old Trafford during the home matches.

Manchester United supporters are famous for singing the song, ’Glory Glory Manchester United’. The song was recorded by Frank Renshaw in 1983. It was used as a tool of motivation for the players in 1983 FA Cup Final. It is one of the most popular anthem which is sung by the Manchester United fans all around the world.

Notable Players

There are many players who have played for the club and achieved great feats. The most notable names include

  • George Best
  • Sir Bobby Charlton
  • Eric Cantona
  • Peter Schmeichel
  • David Beckham
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Christiano Ronaldo
  • Roy Keane
  • Paul Scholes
  • Ryan Giggs

Rivalry

Manchester United has remained the most successful English club, so naturally has many rivals. Liverpool rivalry is due to the rivalry of the two cities, Liverpool and Manchester. Both the clubs have remained very successful which has aided the rivalry.

Manchester City is also a fierce rival of Manchester United. Both the clubs are from the same city so it forms the basics of this rivalry. Manchester United and Arsenal each has a glorious history in soccer but there was always one of these two teams winning titles, while the other teams remained in middle of the table which developed into a good rivalry.

Manchester United Stats & Records

Manchester United has spent 93 seasons in the top flight of English football.

The club has 44 major trophies including,

  • 20 First Division Titles
  • 12 FA Cups
  • 5 League Cups
  • 3 Champions League Trophies
  • 1 Europa League
  • 1 Cup Winners Cup
  • 1 Club World Cup
  • 1 Intercontinental World Cup
  • Ryan Giggs with 963 appearances has the most number of appearances for the club.
  • Wayne Rooney with 253 goals has scored the most number of goals for Manchester United.
  • Peter Schmeichel with 180 clean sheets is the club’s record clean sheet holder.

Treble Achievement

In 1993 Manchester United ended a 26 years wait of English League Championship. The following years brought a stream of trophies but in 1999 something truly unique was achieved; a treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League was completed in a single remarkable season. Alex Ferguson’s management had given the club a team that blended experience and youth, skill and resilience and a team that would never ever give up.

Just days after missing out on the 1992 league title, 14000 fans arrived at Old Trafford to watch the Youth Cup being won against Crystal Palace and if the significance of the success was not immediately obvious it would soon become glaringly so. In the youth team a special group was emerging and Alex Ferguson saw the talent and potential of the youngsters. Ryan Giggs emerged as a true leader of the youth team and as he was promoted to the senior team in the following season, he helped the club end that 26 year wait for League title.

Alex Ferguson put the young players in the first team and stars started aligning for Manchester United. There was a new energy in the team. At least 3 young players played in every match. It was a gamble, but it paid off. Dwight Yorke was signed and with Andy Cole formed a potent partnership. With the help of these players Manchester United won Premier League and FA Cup in 1999.

On May 29th, 1999 the club was playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. United were trailing 1 goal to nil heading into the stoppage time. Bayern Munich basically had one hand on the Champions League Trophy but Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored injury time goals and United won the Cup. The treble was completed.

Official Name Manchester United Football Club
Co-Chairmen Joel & Avram Glazer
Manager Jose Mourinho
Premier League 2017-18 2nd
Ground Old Trafford

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