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Manchester United

Manchester United are arguably the most famous football club in England. Alongside Spain’s Barcelona and Real Madrid, Manchester United are often one of the top clubs in terms of revenue and worldwide popularity.

The Red Devils’ rise to popularity coincided with Sky Sports, the birth of the Premier League, and the transmission of top-flight football games from England beamed to all corners of the globe.

Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club, it wasn’t until 1902 that the club changed its name to Manchester United. The club’s iconic stadium, Old Trafford, became Manchester United’s home in 1910.

Old Trafford is the second largest football stadium in England with a capacity of 74,994. The historic venue, nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams, has since hosted some of the biggest football matches in English, European, and world football.

Manchester United have experienced two separate waves of success since their formation. The first came in the 1950s and 1960s as Manchester United claimed seven First Division titles, FA Cups, and European Cups combined.

That period of success was offset by the tragedy of the Munich Air Disaster. The club was returning from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade when the disaster occurred. Manchester United’s plane re-fueled in Munich but as the plane attempted take off to return to Manchester, it was unable to get off the ground. The combination of the falling snow and failing plane caused their Airspeed Ambassador to crash, killing 23 passengers.

Today, those people and players who lost their lives are remembered at Old Trafford in the moving Munich Tunnel.

As the 1960s gave way to the 1970s, Manchester United struggled to recapture the success of the previous decades. The club went through a drought which saw them relegated to the second division in 1974 as top players departed. The Red Devils returned to the First Division the next season, but a top-flight title was still years away.

In 1986, the foundations for years of success were laid at Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson was hired as manager after leading Scotland’s Aberdeen to three Scottish League titles. He had also led Aberdeen to a Cup Winners’ Cup win helping to make Ferguson one of the most sought-after managers in British football.

Life at Old Trafford didn’t start out well for Ferguson despite leading Manchester United to a second-place finish in 1987-88. The club’s initial results under Ferguson were inconsistent and legend says Manchester United were ready to sack the Scotsman. However, Manchester United’s FA Cup Final win against Crystal Palace in 1990 gave Ferguson a lifeline.

As the Premier League era dawned in 1992, Manchester United overtook Liverpool as England’s top side. Liverpool had been the team of the 1970s and 1980s. Manchester United would become the club of the 1990s and 2000s. Behind the play of greats such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Roy Keane, and the legendary Eric Cantona, Manchester United won every trophy on offer.

Since the Premier League started in 1992, Manchester United have won 13 championships. All were won under Ferguson. They have also tallied 11 FA Cups and League Cups in that time. European competitions have also been conquered by Manchester United as they secured four continental cups post-1980s.

When Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford, his goal was to “knock Liverpool off their f**king perch”. When Manchester United won the Premier League in 2011, he succeeded in his goal.

Manchester United 2019 Premier League Results

DateFixtureFTHT
2019.05.12 Man Utd
Cardiff City
0
2
0
1
2019.05.05 Huddersfield
Man Utd
1
1
0
1
2019.04.28 Man Utd
Chelsea
1
1
1
1
2019.04.24 Man Utd
Man City
0
2
0
0
2019.04.21 Everton
Man Utd
4
0
2
0
2019.04.13 Man Utd
West Ham
2
1
1
0
2019.04.02 Wolves
Man Utd
2
1
1
1
2019.03.30 Man Utd
Watford
2
1
1
0
2019.03.10 Arsenal
Man Utd
2
0
1
0
2019.03.02 Man Utd
Southampton
3
2
0
1
2019.02.27 Crystal Palace
Man Utd
1
3
0
1
2019.02.24 Man Utd
Liverpool
0
0
0
0

About Drew Farmer

Drew Farmer
Drew’s work has appeared on a variety of sports and travel websites. He is also a published author having written the sports/travel book Soccer Travels.

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