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For a whole century, Barcelona has experienced moments of glory and misfortune, bright times and others not so successful, epic triumphs and important defeats. And each of these moments has contributed to defining the personality of a club that, due to its peculiar characteristics, is unique in the world.
Real Madrid is the only club with the record figures of 13 European Cups and 33 League titles
MUFC has great wealth and a worldwide fan base to keep them as one of the richest and most famous clubs for years to come. They have won more titles than any other team in the English Premier League, which is another reason why this club is still so successful.
For many, Manchester United is the biggest football club in the world, especially when it comes to finances. Their shirts are likely to be seen in the children of Saipan and Soweto, as they are more locally in Salford and Stockport. His home in Old Trafford, called Theater of Dreams by one of his greatest icons, Sir Bobby Charlton, is both a tourist attraction and a football stadium. United is not just an English football club, but a global brand.
All this is far from the humble beginnings of the club. Originally they were not even called Manchester United. Rather, when it was founded as the work team for the local rail depot in 1878, they were known as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Football Club.
They did not feel ready to become founding members of the Football League in 1888, but instead joined the First Division four years later. Was it a successful start? No, they finished down, winning only six of their 30 games, accumulating just 18 points. They were relegated the following year.
With the club beset by financial problems, a local brewer came to the rescue in 1902 and Manchester United was born, with the now famous red and white colors of the team replacing the green and gold of Newton Heath. They had already been champions in the 1907-08 season when they moved to Old Trafford in 1910 and regained the title in their first full campaign there.
However, it was in the post-World War II period when United really began to prove success with Sir Matt Busby. His young team, Busby Babes, won the title in 1951-52, 1955-56 and 1956-57, playing an exciting brand of offensive football. But the tragedy occurred at the club on February 6, 1958 when the lives of 23 people, including eight of Busby's players, were claimed in the Munich air disaster.
Busby remained as manager and United enjoyed more glory in the 1960s, winning the league twice and becoming the first English team to lift the European Cup, beating Benfica at Wembley in 1968. Busby retired next season and, except for the strange FA Cup, the 1970s and 1980s were a period of shortage for United, which were even relegated in 1974.
Enter Sir Alex Ferguson, the best coach in the history of the British game, in 1986. After an unstable start, he achieved his goal of knocking down the arch-rival Liverpool of the most successful club in the country, leading United to 13 Premier League titles, including the inaugural competition in 1992-93, and two Champions League wins, among other honors, while the club dominated the game.
Three years after the Scottish retreat, the 20-time English champions hope that José Mourinho can bring back the kind of success that Ferguson almost guaranteed year after year.
Duncan Edwards, nicknamed the original wonder boy, was a strong and buccaneer player at home in a lot of positions. Busby said he was the "most complete footballer in Britain, possibly in the world." Charlton described Edwards' death at the age of only 21 due to the injuries he suffered in the Munich plane crash as "the greatest tragedy in the history of English football."
Charlton, himself, is considered not only as one of the best footballers in England, but also athletes. He was part of the winning team of the 1966 World Cup and also scored twice in the final victory of United 4-1 in the European Cup over Benfica two years later.
George Best, also a scorer at Wembley that night, is probably the most talented footballer that Britain and Northern Ireland have produced. The Belfast boy loved to tie back knots to the opposition almost as much as to the high life. As the same man once said: "If you had given me the option of beating four men and breaking a goal from 30 yards against Liverpool or going to bed with Miss World, it would have been a difficult choice. Luckily, I had both."
Bryan Robson, known as Captain Marvel, was a constant and inspiring force in the United midfield during the 1980s, while in 1991, a 17-year-old called Ryan Giggs made his debut. Twenty-three years, 963 appearances and 13 Premier League titles later, Giggs played his last game for United with the then interim manager against Hull City. The Welshman is easily the most decorated player in the history of English football. Won Uefa Champions league and other trophies.
No list of United's best players should pass without mentioning Eric Cantona. The charismatic French helped United to his first Premier League title, after joining Leeds United for only £ 1.2m (US $ 2.2m) in November 1992. His style and arrogance captivated the faithful of Old Trafford, though He was never far from controversy. the game for nine months after jumping into the crowd and bumping into a fan at Crystal Palace Selhurst Park in 1995. David Beckham was, like Best, the football fan of his time. A good player, perhaps helped build the global image and the United brand more than any other individual.
Since Ferguson retired in 2013, United, by its standards, has endured three seasons of shortage. David Moyes had problems and was fired before he could handle a full campaign in charge, while the last two seasons under Louis van Gaal were, apart from the FA Cup win in May, unsuccessful and quite forgettable.
It is believed that Mourinho, the new man in charge, will bring the glory days to Old Trafford, but Portuguese fuel has a lot to prove after his Chelsea team imploded so spectacularly last year, just a few months after winning the title . The signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, the latter with a cost of up to US $ 122.3 million, are a declaration of intentions that United is not content to remain in the ranks of the rans.
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