Manchester United is a world-famous football club that 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.
Manchester United had not always been named Manchester United. In fact, Man United FC was formed in 1878 by railway workers at Newton Heath who also named the team "Newton Heath LYR" (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway). Newton Heath LYR joined the English Football League in 1892 only to increase its financial problems and by the end of the 19th century Newton Heath LYR faced bankruptcy. The history of Manchester United is due to the owner of the local brewery John Henry Davies, who decided to invest in the club in exchange for some interest in running the club, including a name change to Manchester United in 1902.
Newly named Manchester United under manager Ernest Mangnall started well finishing season 3 on 1903/04 and 1904/05. The following season 1905/06, Man United FC reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, but most importantly finished second in the Second Division, giving them the promotion to the English First Football League, 12 years after being relegated as Newton Heath LYR. Celebrating the change to the First football Division, manager Mangnall signed the Welshman Billy Meredith nicknamed Welsh Wizard.
Meredith played a key role in Manchester United's first victory in the Football League Championship after the 1907/08 season. As champions of the league, Manchester United played in the first Charity Shield where they won the trophy by beating QPR 4-0 in 1908. 1909 turned out to be another successful year when Manchester United won its first FA Cup, after beating Bristol City 1-0 in the final.
History of Manchester United 1910-1919
1910 is an important year to mention in this story of Man United FC, as it was the year that Old Trafford became the home of Manchester United when it moved from its former Newton Heath playing field LYR Bank Street. Man United FC lost their first game in Old Trafford 3: 4 against Liverpool FC in front of 80,000 spectators. His first season at Old Trafford in 1910/11 also gave Manchester United another league title, however, the following season 1911/12 Man United finished the league in a disappointing 13th place.
Manchester manager Ernest Mangnall resigned after this poor final to join Manchester United, Man United's rival. His successor became JJ Bentley, who took over the team helping them finish 4th after the 1912/13 season. The shape of Manchester United continued to decline and almost escaped the decline by one point in 1914/15. World War I broke out forcing football to remain on hold and the Football League suspended until 1919.
Manchester United returned to the English Football League in 1919 after the end of World War I. The team had all new faces on the team compared to the Manchester United team before World War I. Man United FC continued to decline in shape, which relegated them to the Second Division in 1922, where they remained until the rise in 1925. In 1927, John Henry Davies, who had saved the club from extinction and brought them to Old Trafford, died and was replaced by GH Lawton as president of the club.
Spending 5 years in the First Division of Manchester United did not achieve much and were relegated again in 1931, spending the next 4 years in the Second Division before winning a promotion in the 1935/36 season. Last year of football before World War II, Manchester United finished 14th in the First Division at the end of the 1938/39 season. Football was once again put on hold by World War.
Manchester United History - Busby Years 1945 - 1969
Football resumed in 1945 after World War II and Matt Busby was appointed manager. Matt Busby demanded an unprecedented level of control over team selection, player transfers and training sessions, which in turn led Manchester United to finish second in 1947, 1948 and 1949, including a Cup trophy FA in 1948. Manchester's form continued to improve until its first league title in 1952, 41 years after the last time champions were crowned.
Manchester United became known as one of the best English First Division football teams by winning two more consecutive titles in 1956 and 1957 with a team of players whose average age was 22 years. After winning two consecutive titles in 1956 and 1957 under manager Matt Busby, this young Manchester United squad became known as "the Busby Babes" according to the history of Manchester United.
In 1957, Manchester United was the first team to compete in the European Cup. They were eliminated by Real Madrid in the semifinal, however, they also achieved a record victory that still remains on the way to the semifinal when they destroyed the Dutch team Anderlecht 10-0.
The next season of 1958 would prove to be the most tragic moment in the history of Manchester United. On the way home from his victory in the quarterfinals of the European Cup against the Red Star in Belgrade, the plane carrying the Manchester United players, officials and journalists crashed while trying to take off after refueling in Munich , Germany.
The Munich air disaster that occurred on February 6, 1958 claimed 23 lives, including those of eight players: Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Billy Whelan, and injured several more. Matt Busby took time to recover from injuries sustained in this accident and reserve team manager Jimmy Murphy assumed responsibility for managing Manchester United.
This same year, Manchester United reached the FA Cup final, but would lose to Bolton Wonderers. The history of Manchester United shows Matt Busby returning and rebuilding the team during the 1960s, bringing players like Denis Law and Pat Crerand, who combined with the next generation of youth players, including George Best, to win the trophy of the FA Cup in 1963.
The following season, 1964, Man United finished second and then won the League title in 1965 and 1967. In 1968, Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup after beating Benfica 4-1 in the final. In 1968, Manchester United had three European football players of the year playing for them, including Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law. Matt Busby resigned in 1969 and his successor was the reserve team coach and also former Manchester United player Wilf McGuinness.
History of Manchester United 1969 - 1986
After an eighth place after the 1969/70 season and a very poor start to the 1970/71 season, Matt Busby was persuaded to resume administrative responsibilities while Wilf McGuinness returned to his position as coach of the reserve team. In June 1971, Frank O'Farrell was appointed manager, but lasted only 6 months before being replaced by Tommy Docherty in December 1972.
Docherty played an important role in saving already doomed to the decline of Manchester United, but did not have the same fate in doing so in 1974 when Manchester United FC was relegated once again to the Second Division. It is important to mention that by this time, the best Manchester United players, Law, Charlton and Best had already left the club.
Man United FC reached the promotion the following season in 1975 and went on to the FA Cup final in 1976, where they were defeated by Southampton. The following year 1977, Manchester United reached the FA Cup final once again, but this time it was victorious against Liverpool, beating them 2-1 and winning another FA Cup trophy in the process. Tommy Docherty was fired shortly after the revelation of his adventure with the club's physiotherapist's wife.
Following Docherty's dismissal, Dave Sexton was signed as the new manager of Manchester United in the summer of 1977. Under Dave Sexton, the Manchester United football club did not achieve any significant results, finishing second in the 1979/80 season and losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup final in 1979. With no result, Sexton was fired in 1981 despite the fact that the team had won the last seven consecutive games before his dismissal.
Sexton was replaced by Ron Atkinson in 1981, who immediately broke the British transfer fee record by signing Bryan Robson of West Bromwich Albion. The Manchester United football club was successful when manager Atkinson won the FA Cup title twice in three years, including the FA Cup in 1983 and 1985. Manchester United was the favorite to win the league title during the 1985/86 season when they started their season with 13 wins and 2 draws in their first 15 games, however, they would finish the season in fourth place.
After the 1986/87 season, Man United FC under the direction of Atkinson faced the danger of relegation in November and due to the classification of the team, Ron Atkinson was fired.
After the dismissal of Ron Atkinson, Alex Ferguson and his assistant Archie Knox arrived immediately and saved the team from the danger of relegation, taking them to 11th place at the end of the 1986/87 season. Despite a second place next year 1987/88, Manchester United again finished in 11th place the following 1988/89 season. Sir Alex Ferguson had almost also been fired if it weren't for the victory over Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup final, saving Ferguson from being just another brief name in the history of Manchester United.
The following year, Manchester United managed to take home the 1991 Cup Winners Cup trophy and the 1991 UEFA Super Cup, where they beat the Belgrade Red Star 1-0 in the final that took place in Old Trafford. The club's future looked good and next year it continued with more success, as Man United FC claimed the League Cup title after beating Nottingham Forrest 1-0 at Wembley in 1992. At the end of the 1993/94 season, Manchester United claimed their first league title since 1967.
A year later, in the 1994/95 season, Manchester United won its second consecutive League title for the second time since it did so in 1957. Man United FC had also won the 1994/95 FA Cup, to complete the first "Double" in the club's history. The league title followed the following years and Manchester United had become one of the best teams, as well as the best clubs in the world.
In the 1998-1999 season, the Manchester United football club became the first team to win the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Uefa Champions league, completing "The Treble" in the same season. A very important moment in the history of Manchester United was the final of the 1999 UEFA Champions League, where Manchester United faced Bayern Munich and was 1-0 with the game coming to the time of detention.
Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored goals in the late detention time to claim a dramatic victory over Bayern Munich, in what is considered one of the best returns of all time. Manchester United also won the 1999 Intercontinental Cup after beating Palmeiras 1-0 in Tokyo and managed to remain the Premier League Champion for the 1999/00 season and the 2000/01 season.
The 2001/02 season saw the Manchester United football club finish second and then claim the League title the following 2002/03 season. Man United won another FA Cup trophy during the 2003/04 season by beating Millwall 3-0 in the final at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. During the 2005-06 season, Manchester United failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase for the first time in more than a decade.
The club recovered to secure a second place in the league and victory over Wigan Athletic in the final of the 2006 Football League Cup. The Manchester United football club regained the Premier League title in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, and completed the European double by beating Chelsea 6–5 on penalties in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
In December 2008, the club won the FIFA Club World Cup and followed this victory with the 2008-09 Football League Cup, as well as its third consecutive title in the English Premier League. That summer, Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid for a world record of 80 million pounds. In 2010, Manchester United defeated Aston Villa 2–1 at Wembley to retain the League Cup, their first successful defense of a qualifying cup competition.
After finishing as Chelsea runner-up in the 2009-10 season, United achieved a record 19 league title in 2010-11, securing the championship with a 1 to 1 draw against Blackburn Rovers on May 14, 2011.
Manchester United is one of the most popular football clubs in the world, with one of the highest average home care in Europe. The club's global fan base includes more than 200 officially recognized branches of the Manchester United Supporters Club (MUSC), in at least 24 countries. The Manchester United football club has rivalries with Arsenal, Leeds United, Liverpool and Manchester City, against those who dispute the Manchester derby.
19 TITLES: 1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99 , 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
MANCHESTER UNITED HISTORY - SECOND DIVISION
2 TITLES: 1935–36, 1974–75
MANCHESTER UNITED HISTORY - FA CUP
11 Titles: 1908–09, 1947–48, 1962–63, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
MANCHESTER UNITED HISTORY - LEAGUE CUP
4 titles: 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
MANCHESTER UNITED HISTORY - FA CHARITY / COMMUNITY SHIELD
19 titles: 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965 *, 1967 *, 1977 *, 1983, 1990 *, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 (* shared)
MANCHESTER UNITED HISTORY - EUROPEAN CUP / UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
3 titles: 1967–68, 1998–99, 2007–08
MANCHESTER UNITED HISTORY - UEFA CUP WINNERS 'CUP
3 titles: 1990-91
MAN UNITED HISTORY - UEFA SUPER CUP
1 Title: 1991
MAN UNITED HISTORY - INTERCONTINENTAL CUP
1 Title: 1999
UNITED HISTORY OF MAN - FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
1 Title: 2008
FAMOUS MANCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL PLAYERS
I decided to make this article about the best Manchester United football players of all times past and present. I may miss some players, but don't hesitate to add who you think deserves to be in this Manchester United Hall of Fame at the end of this page. There have been many great players who have been considered the best players in the world during their playing time. These players are the likes of George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona and many others who contributed their different skills to the football field and had a great impact on the football game during their game days.
The history of Manchester United is full of great football players like those mentioned above, but over time the change comes and the new generation of players assumed the role of being the best Manchester United players, such as Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo To name a few. Without any additional presentation, you can find the best Manchester United players of the past and present listed below. These players are not in a particular order and all contributed something special to this great football club.
NAME: GEORGE BEST
BORN: 22 May 1946
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 01 Aug 1963
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 14 Sept 1963 vs West Bromwich (at Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 02 Jan 1974
NAME: TOMMY TAYLOR
BORN: 29 Jan 1932
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 01 Mar 1953
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 7 March 1953 v Preston (Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 06 Feb 1958
NAME: RUUD VAN NISTELROOY
BORN: 01 Jul 1976
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 01 Jul 2001
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 12 Aug 2001 v Liverpool, Charity Shield
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 28 Jul 2006
NAME: DAVID HERD
BORN: 15 Apr 1934
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 01 Jul 1961
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 19 Aug 1961 v West Ham (Away), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 01 Jul 1968
NAME: ANDY COLE
BORN: 15 Oct 1971
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 12 Jan 1995
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 22 Jan 1995 v Blackburn (Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 29 Dec 2001
NAME: DENIS LAW
BORN: 24 Feb 1940
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 12 Jul 1962
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 18 Aug 1962 v West Brom (Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 01 Jul 1973
NAME: JACK ROWLEY
BORN: 07 Oct 1920
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 22 Oct 1937
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 23 Oct 1937 v Sheff Wed (Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 01 Feb 1955
NAME: SIR BOBBY CHARLTON
BORN: 11 Oct 1937
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 01 Jun 1953
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 6 Oct 1956 v Charlton (at Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 01 May 1973
NAME: CRISTIANO RONALDO
BORN: 05 Feb 1985
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 12 Aug 2003
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 16 Aug 2003 v Bolton (Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 01 Jul 2009
NAME: DENNIS VIOLLET
BORN: 20 Sep 1933
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 01 Sep 1949
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 11 April 1953 v Newcastle (Away), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 01 Jan 1962
NAME: WAYNE ROONEY
BORN: 24 Oct 1985
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 31 Aug 2004
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 28 Sept 2004 v Fenerbahce (Home)
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: 2017
NAME: OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER
BORN: 26 Feb 1973
SIGNED FOR MAN UNITED: 29 Jul 1996
MANCHESTER UNITED DEBUT: 25 Aug 1996 v Blackburn (Home), League
LEFT MANCHESTER UNITED: Retired from playing, 28 Aug 2007
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