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Manchester United
Full nameManchester United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Red Devils[1]
Short nameMan United/Utd
Founded5 March 1878; 142 years ago (1878-03-05), as Newton Heath LYR F.C.
1902; 118 years ago (1902), as Manchester United F.C.
GroundOld Trafford
Ground Capacity74,879[4]
OwnerManchester United plc (NYSEMANU)
Co-chairmenJoel and Avram Glazer
ManagerOle Gunnar Solskjær
LeaguePremier League
2018–19Premier League, 6th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Manchester United F.C.[5] is a football club that plays in the Premier League. They play their home games at Old Trafford which is in Greater Manchester.

Matt Busby led the club to lots of success by using the youth players until the Munich air disaster in 1958, where many United footballers and staff died. Sir Alex Ferguson led the club to many titles, including the treble (Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League), from 1986 to 2013, when he retired. The club has 3 UEFA Champions League titles, 20 league titles, 12 FA Cups, and a FIFA Club World Cup.

History[change | change source]

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 12 FA Cups and 3 European Cups.

Manchester United Name History
Years used Name
1878-1892 Newton Heath L&YR F.C.
1892-1902 Newton Heath F.C.
1902-present 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 World War II. 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.

Sir Alex Ferguson era[change | change source]

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford

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 7 times again until Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Recent history[change | change source]

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 is also the 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. Van Gaal was sacked at the end of the season and José Mourinho replaced him. He then led the club to a League Cup and Europa League victory in the 2016-17 season. Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 because of poor results and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Honours[change | change source]

Domestic[change | change source]

League[change | change source]

Cups[change | change source]

European[change | change source]

Worldwide[change | change source]

Doubles and Trebles[change | change source]

League position[change | change source]

Season League Position
2000-01 English Premier League 1st
2001-02 English Premier League 3rd
2002-03 English Premier League 1st
2003-04 English Premier League 3rd
2004-05 English Premier League 3rd
2005-06 English Premier League 2nd
2006-07 English Premier League 1st
2007-08 English Premier League 1st
2008-09 English Premier League 1st
2009-10 English Premier League 2nd
2010-11 English Premier League 1st
2011-12 English Premier League 2nd
2012-13 English Premier League 1st
2013-14 English Premier League 7th
2014-15 English Premier League 4th
2015-16 English Premier League 5th
2016-17 English Premier League 6th
2017-18 English Premier League 2nd
2018-19 English Premier League 6th
2019-20 English Premier League 3rd

*Bold indicates a place of third or higher.

Former position[change | change source]

Grounds[change | change source]

Old Trafford seen from the South Stand

The Old Trafford became the club's home ground in 1909, and the 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 an all-seater stadium in 1993 for safety reasons, 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 to make a capacity of 75,000.

Players[change | change source]

First-team squad[change | change source]

Manchester United players posing for a photo before the game against CSKA Moscow 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.
As of 17 July 2018[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK David de Gea
2 Sweden DF Victor Lindelöf
3 Ivory Coast DF Eric Bailly
4 England DF Phil Jones
5 Argentina DF Marcos Rojo
6 France MF Paul Pogba
7 Chile FW Alexis Sánchez
8 Spain MF Juan Mata
9 Belgium FW Romelu Lukaku
11 France FW Anthony Martial
12 England DF Chris Smalling
14 England MF Jesse Lingard
15 Brazil MF Andreas Pereira
17 Brazil MF Fred
18 England DF Ashley Young
No. Position Player
19 England FW Marcus Rashford
20 Argentina GK Sergio Romero
21 Spain MF Ander Herrera
23 England DF Luke Shaw
24 Netherlands DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah
25 Ecuador DF Antonio Valencia (captain)
27 Belgium MF Marouane Fellaini
31 Serbia MF Nemanja Matić
36 Italy DF Matteo Darmian
38 England DF Axel Tuanzebe
39 Scotland MF Scott McTominay
40 Portugal GK Joel Castro Pereira
England GK Lee Grant
Portugal DF Diogo Dalot

On loan[change | change source]

Rivalries[change | change source]

United has many rivalries including Liverpool, Manchester City, Leeds United and Arsenal. Their most intense rivalry is with "The Citizens" (Manchester City). This is because both clubs are from Manchester and each time they play against each other it is called the Manchester Derby.

Club records[change | change source]

  • Record League victory: 10-1 v Wolverhampton, Division 1, 15 October 1892
  • Record Premiership victory: 9-0 v Ipswich Town, 4 March 1995
  • Record European Cup victory: 10-0 v Anderlecht, European Champion Clubs' Cup, Preliminary Round, 26 September 1956
  • Record European Cup (Champions League era) victory: 7-1 v A.S. Roma, 10 April 2007
  • Record home win 10-0 v R.S.C. Anderlecht, 26 September 1956
  • Record away win: 8-1 v Nottingham Forest, 6 February 1999
  • Record League defeat: 0-7 v Blackburn Rovers, Division 1, 10 April 1926 / v Aston Villa, Division 1, 27 December 1930 / v Wolves, Division 2, 26 December 1931
  • Record Cup defeat: 1-7 v Burnley, FA Cup, 1st Round, 13 February 1901
  • Record 'Home' attendance: 83,250 v Arsenal, Division 1, Maine Road, 7 January 1948
  • Record League attendance (at Old Trafford): 76,998 v Arsenal, April 2008
  • Longest unbeaten run : 45 (all competitions), 24 December 1998 to 3 October 1999
  • Most appearances : 900 - Ryan Giggs
  • Most League appearances: 606 - Bobby Charlton
  • Most goals scored : 250 - Wayne Rooney
  • Most League goals: 199 - Bobby Charlton
  • Most League goals in a season: 32 - Dennis Viollet, Division 1, 1959-60
  • Most goals in a season in all competitions: 46 - Denis Law, 1963-64
  • Most goals scored in a match: 6 - George Best v Northampton Town, 7 February 1970 / Harold Halse v Swindon Town, 25 September 1911
  • Most goals scored in European competition: 38 - Ruud van Nistelrooy
  • Goals in consecutive league matches: 10 consecutive matches - Ruud van Nistelrooy, 22 March 2003 to 23 August 2003
  • Highest transfer fee paid: £59.7 million - Angel Di Maria (from Real Madrid)
  • Most League goals in a season (by team): 103 (1956/57, 1958/59)
  • Most points in a 42-game season: 92 - 1993/94
  • Most points in a 38-game Season: 91 - 1999/2000
  • Most capped player: 129 - Peter Schmeichel - Denmark
  • Fastest goal: 15 seconds - Ryan Giggs v Southampton, Premiership, 18 November 1995
  • Fastest four goals: 13 minutes - Ole Gunnar Solksjær v Nottingham Forest, Premiership, 6 February 1999

Related pages[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 When it was made in 1992, the Premier League became the 1st division of English football; the First and Second divisions then turned into the second and third tiers, respectively. The First Division is now known as the Football League Championship and the Second Division is now known as Football League One.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Premier League Handbook Season 2015/16" (PDF). Premier League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. Man United must aim for top four, not title challenge – Mourinho], Reuters, 2 November 2018
  3. Marcus Rashford's 92nd minute winner enough for Man United to scrape a win at Bournemouth
  4. "Premier League Handbook 2018–19" (PDF). Premier League. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  5. FC is an acronym. FC stands for "Footbal Club".
  6. "Man Utd First Team Squad & Player Profiles". Manchester United. Retrieved 6 June 2018.