A Brief History of Manchester United Football Club
Founded: 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club
Nickname: The Red Devils
Manchester United have won more domestic trophies than any other club in English football, with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields.
United have also won three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.
In 1998/99, the club became the first team in English football to win the Continental Treble of The Premier League, The FA Cup and The Champions League.
By winning the UEFA Europa League in 2017, they became one of only five clubs in Europe to have won all three main UEFA club competitions.
Stadium Capacity: 76,0004
Old Trafford officially opened on 19 February 1910 with standing capacity at that time around 80,000. All-Seater stadium rules later reduced capacity.
In 2006, the stadium reached its current capacity, 76,004, when stands were built in the upper-tier corners on both sides of the North Stand.
Old Trafford’s South Stand remains the only two-tiered stand of the stadium, but further expansion possibilities seem limited due to the railway line that runs behind the stand.
Stadium Naming Rights
The naming rights of the Old Trafford Stadium have never been sold, and the current owners seem to have no interest in doing so
Highest Attendance: 76,962
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Grimsby Town
FA Cup Semi-Final 25 March 1939
Highest Premier League Attendance: 76,098
Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers
31 March 2007
Appointed: March 2019
Manchester United Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed as the club’s caretaker manager, on 19 December 2018, before being hired permanently, having won 14 of his 19 matches in charge.
Solskjær signed a three-year contract to take over as Manchester United manager on a permanent basis on 28 March 2019.
Manchester United Co-Chairmen: Joel & Avram Glazer
Appointed: September 2003
The club went public in 1990 and was the subject of takeover bids from property trader Michael Knighton and Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB corporation before Malcolm Glazer’s stake was announced in September 2003.
By the end of 2003, Glazer had increased his shareholding from 3.17% to around 15%, which he almost doubled in the year up to October 2004.
His acquisition of John Magnier and J. P. McManus’s 28.7% stake in May 2005 pushed his own up to around 57%, well over the 30% threshold that would force him to launch a takeover bid.
A few days later, he took control of 75% of the club’s shares, allowing him to delist the company from the stock exchange, and within a month, the Glazers took 98% ownership of the club via their Red Football parent company, forcing a squeeze out of the remaining 2%.
The final purchase price of the club totalled almost £800 million.
Manchester United Captain: Harry Maguire
Appointed: January 2020
Harry Maguire has worn the Captain’s armband since Ashley Young’s departure for Inter Milan in January 2020
Manchester United Club Mascot: Fred the Red
Since the early 1990s, the Manchester United mascot has been Fred the Red, an anthropormorphic “Red Devil”, in reference to the club’s nickname, The Red Devils.
He appears in full kit with the number 55 on the back of his shirt, and entertains the crowd before matches
Manchester United Football Kits 2019/20 Season
Kit Sponsor: Chevrolet
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
On July 14th 2014, United confirmed a new ten year deal with German kit manufacturer Adidas. The contract was reported to be worth a minimum £75 million per season, a new world record total of £750 million.
The new deal commenced on August 1st 2015.
Manchester United’s Premier League History
Manchester United have been Premier League Champions 13 times and have been Runners-Up on 6 occasions
Premier League Table 2019/20
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||38||9||14||15||39||54||-15||41|
|16||West Ham United||38||10||9||19||49||62||-13||39|
Manchester United’s FA Cup Wins
Manchester United are currently the second most successful FA Cup Winning Team with 12 Wins
|2016||Manchester United||Crystal Palace||2-1||Extra Time|
|1999||Manchester United||Newcastle United||2-0|
|1990||Manchester United||Crystal Palace||1-0||Replay & Extra Time|
|1985||Manchester United||Everton||1-0||Extra Time|
|1983||Manchester United||Brighton & Hove Albion||4-0||Replay|
|1963||Manchester United||Leicester City||3-1|
|1909||Manchester United||Bristol City||1-0|
Manchester United’s Football League Cup Wins
|2017||Manchester United||Southampton||3-2||English Football League Cup|
|2010||Manchester United||Aston Villa||2-1||Carling Cup|
|2009||Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur||0-0|
4-1 on Pens
|2006||Manchester United||Wigan Athletic||4-0||Carling Cup|
|1992||Manchester United||Nottingham Forest||1-0||Rumbelows Cup|
Manchester United In European Competition
|2017||Europa League||Manchester United||Ajax||2-0|
|2008||Champions League||Manchester United||Chelsea||1-1|
6-5 on Pens
|1999||Champions League||Manchester United||Bayern Munich||2-1|
|1991||European Super Cup||Manchester United||Red Star Belgrade||1-0|
|1991||European Cup Winners Cup||Manchester United||Barcelona||2-1|
|1968||European Cup||Manchester United||Benfica||4-1|
Manchester United In Worldwide Club Competition
|2008||FIFA Club World Cup||Manchester United||LDU Quito||1-0|
|1999||Intercontinental Cup||Manchester United||Palmeiras||1-0|
Manchester United’s Record Appearances: Ryan Giggs
Club Appearances: 963
Ryan Giggs holds the all–time record for most appearances for Manchester United, playing in 963 games for the club between 1991 and 2014.
Top 10 Manchester United Player Appearances
- 963 Ryan Giggs
- 758 Bobby Charlton
- 718 Paul Scholes
- 688 Bill Foulkes
- 602 Gary Neville
- 559 Wayne Rooney
- 539 Alex Stepney
- 535 Tony Dunne
- 529 Denis Irwin
- 510 Joe Spence
Competitive matches only
Manchester United’s Record Goal Scorer: Wayne Rooney
Total Goals: 253
- League Goals 183
- FA Cup Goals 22
- League Cup Goals 5
- European Goals 39
Wayne Rooney is the all-time top goalscorer for Manchester United
Top 10 Manchester United Goal Scorers
- 253 Wayne Rooney
- 249 Bobby Charlton
- 237 Denis Law
- 211 Jack Rowley
- 179 Dennis Viollet
- 179 George Best
- 168 Joe Spence
- 168 Ryan Giggs
- 163 Mark Hughes
- 155 Paul Scholes
Manchester United’s Club Record Signing: Paul Pogba
Transfer Fee: £89.3m
Paul Pogba joined Manchester United for a club record fee of £89.3m from Juventus in August 2016
Manchester United’s Top 5 Highest Transfers In
- Paul Pogba £89.3m from Juventus in August 2016
- Harry Maguire £80m from Leicester City in August 2019
- Romelu Lukaku £75m from Everton in July 2017
- Angel Di Maria £59.7m from Real Madrid in August 2014
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka £50m from Crystal Palace in June 2019
Manchester United’s Top 5 Highest Transfers Out
- Christiano Ronaldo £80m to Real Madrid in July 2009
- Romelu Lukaka £74m to Inter Milan in August 2019
- Angel Di Maria £44.3m to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2015
- David Beckham £24.5m to Real Madrid in June 2003
- Morgan Schneiderlin £24m to Everton in January 2017
Manchester United’s Official Club Tours & Museum
Tours Info: A must for all Football fans, not just Manchester United Fans.
The club offers several different Tour Experiences and is sure to offer a great day out for fans. Click here to visit the Man Utd Tours Website
Manchester United Fan Club Membership
Join Official Membership to get exclusive access to Manchester United home match tickets, as well as the chance to apply for European away games.
Plus, you’ll receive a fantastic pack full of United merchandise to show your support, including a personalised membership card which will become your ticket to games at Old Trafford. Find Out More
Manchester United’s Club Information
Manchester United Club Website https://www.manutd.com/
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