Manchester United

One of the biggest names in the world of football, Manchester United has a fanbase that is on a global scale and a name that will be known by football and non-football fans.

The Red Devils, as they are known by many, are one of the most successful teams to have ever existed, with the English Premier League club has had a huge amount of success throughout a number of different decades in their history under the guidance of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

History

Having initially been formed in 1878 by workers as Newton Heath L&YR FC, they adopted the name of Manchester United in 1902.

They have managed to win numerous titles in their illustrious history, with a minimum of 20 First Division/Premier League titles – which is a record – as well as numerous club competitions, such as multiple FA Cups, League Cups and UEFA Champions Leagues.

The Red Devils have largely played their matches at Old Trafford for the vast majority of their time; a stadium that can currently boast a capacity of 74,140; a capacity that is the largest of all clubs, whilst second behind the iconic Wembley Stadium.

North Road and Bank Street Stadiums had been used prior to their move to Old Trafford in 1910.

Best Players & Managers

One of the reasons that Manchester United have managed to achieve the reputation that they have is down to the iconic and world-class players that they have had to represent them throughout the years.

Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, George Best, Duncan Edwards, Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Peter Schmeichel, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Ruud van Nistlerooy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are just a number of top players to have represented the Red Devils at various points in history.

In recent years, fans have been able to see stars such as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes do their thing on the Old Trafford pitch.

There have also been a number of top managers to have guided Manchester United in the past, with Busby and Ferguson perhaps two of the most iconic due to the success they had. Others have included Ron Atkinson, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and former club star, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Historic & Memorable moments

Anyone who has a memorable moment in regards to Manchester United will remember their 1999 Treble-winning season, as they managed to turn the screws on Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final in an astonishing fashion.

After conceding in the 6th minute of the game when Mario Basler netted, the Red Devils looked to be heading out as the clock hit 90 minutes. However, two goals in two minutes of the three added by Teddy Sheringham and Solskjaer completed a historic night and one that is still remembered today by fans all around the world!

Another memorable but sombre moment is the Munich Air Disaster that happened in 1958, as this saw many of an excellent Manchester United team – which would be known as the “Busby Babes” – be killed far too early. Eight of the players, including Edwards, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Mark Jones, Liam Whelan, Tommy Taylor, David Pegg and Geoff Bent were all killed, whilst Jackie Blanchflower and Johnny Berry would never play again because of the injuries sustained.

Busby survived the ordeal and rebuilt the team and playing a huge role in making Manchester United the dominant force in world football they have become.