Manchester United Football Club History, Facts & Records

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.

A picture of the Stretford End at Manchester United's old Trafford Stadium

Old Trafford

Stadium Capacity: 76,0004

Stadium Info:

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.

Home Kit

Away Kit

3rd Kit

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

2Manchester City38263910235+6781
3Manchester United38181286636+3066
5Leicester City38188126741+2662
6Tottenham Hotspur381611116147+1459
7Wolverhampton Wanderers38151495140+1159
9Sheffield United381412123939054
13Newcastle United381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove Albion38914153954-1541
16West Ham United38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
20Norwich City3856272675-4921

Manchester United’s FA Cup Wins

Manchester United are currently the second most successful FA Cup Winning Team with 12 Wins

2016Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace2-1Extra Time
2004Manchester UnitedMillwall4-0
1999Manchester UnitedNewcastle United2-0
1996Manchester UnitedLiverpool1-0
1994Manchester UnitedChelsea4-0
1990Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace1-0Replay & Extra Time
1985Manchester UnitedEverton1-0Extra Time
1983Manchester UnitedBrighton & Hove Albion4-0Replay
1977Manchester UnitedLiverpool2-1
1963Manchester UnitedLeicester City3-1
1948Manchester UnitedBlackpool4-2
1909Manchester UnitedBristol City1-0

Manchester United’s Football League Cup Wins

english football league cup trophy
2017Manchester UnitedSouthampton3-2English Football League Cup
2010Manchester UnitedAston Villa2-1Carling Cup
2009Manchester UnitedTottenham Hotspur0-0
4-1 on Pens
Carling Cup
2006Manchester UnitedWigan Athletic4-0Carling Cup
1992Manchester UnitedNottingham Forest1-0Rumbelows Cup

Manchester United In European Competition

UEFA’s club competition trophies
The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Europa League ©UEFA
2017Europa LeagueManchester UnitedAjax2-0
2008Champions LeagueManchester UnitedChelsea1-1
6-5 on Pens
1999Champions LeagueManchester UnitedBayern Munich2-1
1991European Super CupManchester UnitedRed Star Belgrade1-0
1991European Cup Winners CupManchester UnitedBarcelona2-1
1968European CupManchester UnitedBenfica4-1
Extra Time

Manchester United In Worldwide Club Competition

2008FIFA Club World CupManchester UnitedLDU Quito1-0
1999Intercontinental CupManchester UnitedPalmeiras1-0

Manchester United’s Record Appearances: Ryan Giggs

Club Appearances: 963

Ryan Giggs holds the alltime 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

  1. Paul Pogba £89.3m from Juventus in August 2016
  2. Harry Maguire £80m from Leicester City in August 2019
  3. Romelu Lukaku £75m from Everton in July 2017
  4. Angel Di Maria £59.7m from Real Madrid in August 2014
  5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka £50m from Crystal Palace in June 2019

Manchester United’s Top 5 Highest Transfers Out

  1. Christiano Ronaldo £80m to Real Madrid in July 2009
  2. Romelu Lukaka £74m to Inter Milan in August 2019
  3. Angel Di Maria £44.3m to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2015
  4. David Beckham £24.5m to Real Madrid in June 2003
  5. 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

Club Links

Manchester United Club Website

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