Man Utd are the most popular club in England – and the most successful, with 42 major titles to their name. They are also the third wealthiest club in the world.
Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath, they switched to their current name in 1902. The succes come in the decade before the First World War, winning the league twice, and the FA Cup.
In the mid-1950s Manchester United, led by manager (Matt Busby), assembled a team with an average age of 22 years old that took English football by storm. The “Busby Babes” played a brand of exciting, attacking football that was ahead of its time. Tragically, their true potential was never realised as most of them were killed on a plane crash at Munich airport.
Busby rebuilt the side, a decade later, featuring talent like Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law, won two league titles and the European Cup for the first time.
However, it was under one of his successors, Sir Alex Ferguson, that the team enjoyed its greatest success. Taking over in 1986, in a remarkable 25 years at the helm, the Scot guided them to 13 League titles, 5 FA Cups, and 4 League Cup triumphs. He also won the Champions League twice and the European Cup Winners-Cup. The Manchester United side of 1998-1999 remains the old English side to have completed a treble in one season – League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
Since Ferguson have retired, success has been a little harder to come, and there has been several changes of manager. United’s legion of fans that his apparently designated successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, lead them to a new period of glory.