Manchester United is one of the most famous English clubs that play their home games at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. Founded as Newton Heath football club in 1878, the club changed their name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to their current ground eight years later. They became the first English club to win the European Champions Cup in 1968 under club legend Matt Busby, some ten years after eight Manchester United players died in a plane crash after returning from the European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade.
After winning numerous domestic titles in the 50s and 60s, the club experienced a genuine title drought that lasted for several decades, but club’s uptrend in fortunes coincided with the arrival of manager Alex Ferguson, who has recently celebrated 25 years in charge of the club. The Red Devils, as they are commonly known, are the most decorated club in English football, having won 19 league titles, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 3 European Cups.
- Stadium (capacity):
- Old Trafford (76212)
- Sir Alex Ferguson
- Star Players:
- Wayne Rooney, Nani, Ashley Young
- Last Season Top Scorer:
- Dimitar Berbatov
- Last League Title(s):
- 07/08, 08/09, 10/11
- Last Season Finish:
- European Qualification:
- Champions League
- Current Odds:
- 2.75 (7/4) 188BET
Manchester United was established in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway railroad station. The team at first competed against fellow rail companies, but on 20th November 1880 they took part in the first official match, losing 6:0 to Bolton Wanderers reserve side. The club started the 1892-93 season in the First Division, but was relegated after two seasons in the top flight.
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The club changed its name to Manchester United on 24th April 1902 and secured promotion to the First Division in 1906, before winning the first league title two years later. During the 20s and 30s, they were considered to be a yo-yo club, having constantly balanced between the top two tiers of English football.
The arrival of coach Matt Busby in 1945 completely changed the club’s fortunes, with the first effects of Busby’s management seen in 1948, when the club won the first FA Cup title, while finishing the league campaign in second place. Back to back league titles in 1955 and 1956 earned the team “the Busby babes” tag and in 1957 Manchester United became the first English team to compete in the European Cup. The Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the competition, where they were stopped by Real Madrid.
The following season the club suffered a terrible disaster on their way back from the European Cup clash with Red Star Belgrade, with eight players and several members of the coaching staff dying in the plane crash accident in Munich. Just over ten years later, Matt Busby led the club to their first European Cup title before resigning from the post one year later.
Manchester United then suffered a real trophy drought that lasted for almost two decades, and nobody at the club was in optimistic mood when Scottish manager Alex Ferguson took over the reigns in 1986. Little did they know that the then 45-year-old would prove to be the most successful manager in club’s history and would lead the club to 12 league titles, 5 FA Cups and two European Cup trophies. Largely thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United are now considered one of the biggest clubs in world football.
Since David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford to join Real Madrid, Wayne Rooney has achieved a superstar status, with his impressive technical qualities and amazing work rate helping him become a real hero in the red part of Manchester. Partly because of his resemblance with Cristiano Ronaldo and partly due to his undoubted potential, Portuguese winger Nani has also developed into an important player, whereas recent signing Ashley Young has been an instant hit at Old Trafford and has already earned a key player status.
Win Europa League: 15/2 at Ladbrokes
Win FA Cup: 9/1 at BetVictor
Rooney Top Scorer: 9/2 at Bet365
Hernandez Top Scorer: 40/1 at Bet365
Ferguson Next Manager to be Sacked: 66/1 at PaddyPower
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