Things We Need To Know About Manchester United Football Club
Manchester United is definitely one of the most successful teams in England and even Europe in general. With several appearances in Europe’s most prestigious competition – the UEFA champions league and subsequent success stories, the Old Trafford team has grown to become one of Europe’s best since its founding in 1878 when it was named Newton Heath LYR Football Club. The name of the club was changed in 1902 to Manchester United Football club and it moved to its present home Old Trafford eight years after.
The club boasts of successes on and off the pitch with a good number of Manchester United players ranking as some of the best that ever played the round leather game. The likes of Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, have brought fame and success to the club ranking the club as one of the richest in football history.
Its success on the pitch is also overwhelming holding the record of the club with the most Premier league title wins which currently stands at 20. It also has 11 FA cups in its trophy cabinet with 4 league cup victories and another record of the most wins in the FA community shield – 20. The club also has 3 European cups to its name, one UEFA cup winners’ cup, a UEFA super cup, one club world cup, and an International cup. It also holds the record of being the first British team to win a treble in the 1998/99 season with the likes of Ryan Giggs and the famous David Beckham helping the club to Premier league, FA cup and UEFA champions league triumph.
One part of Manchester United history that can never be forgotten is the 1958 air crash that saw eight of the players lose their lives in the fatal mishap. It however took only decade after the disaster for Manchester United to make history becoming the first English football club to record European Cup triumph in 1986.
The profile of Manchester United is definitely incomplete without a mention of the most successful manager in the history of English football in the person of Sir Alex Fergusson. Taking charge of the team in 1986, his twenty-seven years in Old Trafford was filled with success stories, winning 38 trophies. He however did not have it all rosy especially at the beginning of his managerial role in the club as he was on the verge of being sacked four years after taking up the position. Thanks to the 1990 FA cup final victory against Crystal Palace, he was able to retain his job and that marked the beginning of great things in the life of Sir Alex as the manager of MUFC.
His illustrious managerial career at Old Trafford transcended the happenings on the field of play as he was able to develop and grow world class players that brought on-field and off-field success to the club. Classical examples of such players include David Beckham and one of the greatest football players ever – Cristiano Ronaldo. The announcement of his retirement was expectedly graced with mixed feelings.
It is also worth knowing that though the Theatre of Dreams as the Old Trafford is also called is probably the most famous home of Manchester United, the club had previously played on a couple of grounds, one of which is a field on North Road which originally had a capacity of 12,000 before it was increased by the officials of the club with a record attendance of 15,000 spectators during a match against Sunderland FC in 1893.
Manchester United got evicted from North Road by the owners in June 1893 and moved to Bank Street ground. In 1909 however, the club finally got a place it could call its home when the ground that currently holds the famous Old Trafford was bought for about 60,000 pounds and since the purchase, expansion and construction works have almost ever ended.
The club currently has one of the highest numbers of football fans in the world and this claim is substantiated with stats that show Man United having one of the highest average home attendances in Europe. Its fan base spreads across the globe with approximately 75 million fans, also helping the club generate revenue especially through the sale of merchandise.
Manchester United as a club has grown to become a brand and authority in world club football and the prestige that comes with an average Manchester United fan living a Manchester United live does not look like ending anytime soon.