Manchester United Football Club

Geographic Location: Manchester United Football Club is located in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Team’s History:
The club was formed as Newton Heath LYR F.C. in 1878 as the works team of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath, then started to sever it’s links with the rail depot in 1890, becoming Newton Heath F.C.. After nearing bankruptcy in 1902, the club was taken over by J H Davies who changed its name to Manchester United.

Since 1991, the club had been run as a public limited company meaning that its sales may be offered for sale to the public.

On 13 May 2005, American businessman Malcolm Glazer acquired a controlling interest in the club through his investment vehicle Red Football Ltd. in a takeover valuing the club at approximately £800 million.

Current Success: ManU won the 2006 League Cup, 2004 FA Cup, and 2002-03 Premier League. They are currently at the top of the EPL Table.

Past Success: They have won the FA Premier League/Football League 15 times, FA Cup 11 times (an English record), the League Cup twice, the European Cup twice, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup once, the Intercontinental Cup once, and the European Super Cup once.

1998-99 was when Manchester United had the most successful season in English club football history as they became the first and only English team to win The Treble – winning the Premiership, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in the same season.

Premier League titles: 15
1907-08, 1910-11, 1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03
Second Division: 2
1936, 1975

FA Cup: 11
1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004

League Cup: 2
1992, 2006

European Cup / UEFA Champions League: 2
1968, 1999

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1

Intercontinental Cup/World Club Championship: 1

European Super Cup: 1

FA Charity/Community Shield: 15
1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003

Current and Past Players:
George Best (Northern Ireland)
Mark Hughes (Whales)
Bobby Charlton (England)
Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
Gary Neville (England)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Wayne Rooney (England)
Louis Saha (France)
Ryan Giggs (Whales)
Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
Paul Scholes (England)
Rio Ferdinand (England)
David Beckham (England)
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
Tim Howard (United States)
Fabien Barthez (France)
John O’Shea (Ireland)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Iceland)
Roy Keane (Ireland)
Giuseppe Rossi (Italy / United States) currently on loan

Club Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Uniforms: Manchester United’s most recognized home uniform includes red jerseys, white shorts and black socks. Away uniforms are usually white jerseys with black shorts and white socks.Third kits are usually all blue but the club has also used all black. The Manchester United crest has been altered on a few occasions, but the basic form remains similar. The badge is derived from the crest of the city of Manchester. The devil on the club badge stems from the club’s nickname “The Red Devils.”

Fans: Manchester United supporters are known as some of the most loyal fans in football, and it is estimated that there are over 50 million Man U supporters worldwide. A lot of fans love the club because they have the opportunity to buy shares of the team’s ownership (i.e the team has been run as a public limited company). Many fans were outraged when Malcolm Glazer took control of the club in 2005, and large groups vowed to fight the takeover. Glory Glory Man United is a football chant sung by the fans to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Team Nicknames: The Red Devils, United

Stadium: Manchester United plays at Old Trafford Stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and it seats 76,212. It is nicknamed “The Theatre of Dreams.”

PROS: American owner, strong history and tradition, marquee players, willingness to sign U.S. players

CONS: Large bandwagon (one of the most popular clubs in the world), no current American players

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