|Home Colours||Red & White|
|Manager||Ole Gunnar Solskjaer|
|Premier League Titles||13|
Manchester United Information
The success of Manchester United means that they are a club that need no introduction. Nicknamed the Red Devils, they have won more titles than any other team in the history of English football.
They play their home matches at the iconic Old Trafford stadium, where they first moved in 1910 and which has played host to some of their most successful moments in football.
To offer an insight into the scale of Manchester United FC, they are one of the few English football clubs that have been publicly listed on the stock market – today, you can buy shares in the club for around $16 a time.
Manchester United History
It would be easy to write thousands of words on the history and successes of Manchester United – their trophy cabinet is jam-packed with silverware!
It all began in quite surprising fashion, however. The workers on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway service in the 1870s decided that they wanted to form their own football team – it’s amazing to think that this is how the now global brand was first formed.
So, Newton Heath LYR FC was born, and wearing the green and gold colours of the railway company, they would join the First Division in 1892.
It’s also incredible to think that the club nearly went bust – they were issued with a winding-up order in 1902 after compiling significant debts. However, a consortium of local businessmen was found, and they each paid £500 to save the club – renaming it Manchester United in the process.
By 1908, they were winning the First Division, which would prove to be the first Manchester United title of many. Their second followed in 1911.
There followed a long period of instability and downturn, and once again, the club’s finances took a turn for the worse – this time, it was James W. Gibson who rode in to the rescue with a cheque for £2,000 in 1931.
English football would be halted during the Second World War, and upon its resumption in 1945, Manchester United appointed Matt Busby as manager – it was one of the shrewdest decisions they have ever made.
In a 24-year spell at the helm, he won five First Division titles, two FA Cups and the European Cup – an unprecedented level of dominance at the time. What makes those achievements all the more incredible is that in 1958, the team suffered the tragic Munich air disaster, which killed 23 people – including eight United players – and injured several more.
Busby, himself severely injured in the crash, later returned to the club and rebuilt the squad, ushering in a new generation of talent that included legends such as Denis Law and George Best.
In the modern era, Manchester United unearthed another manager who would have Busby-esque success. Alex Ferguson joined from the Scottish side Aberdeen in 1986, and he really did take time to settle into the role – at one point, he was nearly sacked, such were United’s poor performances.
However, he soon got things moving in the right direction, and by the time that he retired in 2013, the man now known as Sir Alex had added 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, a Cup Winners’ Cup, a European Super Cup and two Champions League trophies to the already bulging cabinet at Old Trafford.