Manchester United – a short history


Manchester United is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in the world. It was founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by railway workers in Manchester. In 1902, the club was renamed Manchester United after being saved from bankruptcy by a local businessman named John Henry Davies1

The club moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910. It won its first league title in 1908, followed by another in 1911. However, the club faced a decline in the 1930s and was relegated to the second division in 1934. It returned to the top flight in 1938, but suffered a tragedy in 1958 when eight players died in the Munich air disaster2

Under the management of Matt Busby, who survived the crash, the club rebuilt itself and became the first English team to win the European Cup in 1968. The club also won five league titles and two FA Cups under Busby’s reign. After his retirement in 1969, the club went through a period of instability and failed to win any major trophies until 19902

The arrival of Alex Ferguson as manager in 1986 marked the beginning of a golden era for Manchester United. He led the club to 13 league titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions League titles, and one each of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. He also achieved the unprecedented feat of winning the treble of the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1999. He retired in 2013 as the most successful manager in British football history2

Since Ferguson’s departure, the club has struggled to maintain its dominance and has only won one FA Cup, one League Cup, and one Europa League under various managers. The current manager is Erik ten Hag, who joined the club in 2023 from Ajax. The club is owned by the Glazer family, who bought it in 2005 amid controversy and protests from some fans. The club is valued at £3.15 billion ($3.81 billion) and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange

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