Manchester United are the most successful club in England and have won 20 league titles, which is more than any other team. They have also won 11 FA Cups and 3 European Cups.
Manchester United Name History
Newton Heath L&YR F.C.
Newton Heath F.C.
Manchester United F.C.
The club started as Newton Heath L&YR F.C. in 1878. All of the team worked at Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath. After nearly closing in 1902, John Henry Davies took over and changed the club's name to Manchester United F.C.. Manchester United made Matt Busby their manager after the Second World War. Matt Busby used the youth team to get new players, and this was very successful. The club won the Football League in 1956 and 1957.The success was stopped by the Munich air disaster in 1958, when eight of the club's players died. It was thought that the club might close, but it did not. They won the Football League in 1965 and 1967, and the European Cup in 1968.
In 1986, manager Ron Atkinson was sacked by the club because they were in danger of being relegated. They brought in Sir Alex Ferguson. He did not win anything for the first couple of years.
The team won their first trophy under Ferguson, the 1990 FA Cup, against Crystal Palace in the replay after a 3-3 draw. The next season, United won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. In 1993, Manchester United won the very first Premier League. In 1999, Manchester United won the treble, made of the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League. Manchester United won the league 5 times again until Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
David Moyes was made manager in 2013. In April 2014, he was sacked by the club and club legend Ryan Giggs became player-manager (when a player also is manager at the same time). They finished in 7th place. In 2014, Louis Van Gaal took over. He led United to a 4th place finish. In 2015, after winning 3-0 against Sunderland, Man United reached 1st place for the first time in over two years. However, after losing 0-3 to Arsenal, they dropped to 3rd place.
Manchester United play at Old Trafford. It became the club's home ground in 1909, and a stadium was constructed to a capacity of 77,000. In the Second World War, bombings damaged the stadium. While the stadium was being fixed, they played "home" games at Manchester City's Maine Road. The stadium was converted to have only seats in 1993 due to the Taylor Report, but the capacity fell to 44,000. In 1995, expansions in the North Stand raised the capacity to 55,000. In the middle of 1999, the East and West Stands were expanded to give the stadium a capacity of 67,000. Then between 2005 and 2006 8,000 more seats were added.
Manchester United players posing for a photo before the game against CSKA Moskva on 21 October, 2015.
Top row: David De Gea, Marcos Rojo, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Bottom row: Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney, and Bastian Schweinsteiger.