In 1968, Manchester United became the first English (and second British) club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1 in the final[35] with a team that contained three European Footballers of the Year: Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best. In 1968, under the management of Matt Busby, Manchester United became the first English football club to win the European Cup. [136], The core strength of Manchester United's global brand is often attributed to Matt Busby's rebuilding of the team and subsequent success following the Munich air disaster, which drew worldwide acclaim. - Answers. The 22-year-old’s speed both with and without the ball has helped him score four goals and assist a further seven in his first season at Old Trafford, including scoring on his Premier League debut in the 4-0 win over Chelsea in the opening game of the season back in August. Under Ernest Mangnall, who became club secretary in 1903, the team finished as Second Division runners-up in 1906 and secured promotion to the First Division, which it … After the war, the club received compensation from the War Damage Commission in the amount of £22,278. [187] Shares were originally set to go on sale for between $16 and $20 each, but the price was cut to $14 by the launch of the IPO on 10 August, following negative comments from Wall Street analysts and Facebook's disappointing stock market debut in May. [33][34] Busby rebuilt the team through the 1960s by signing players such as Denis Law and Pat Crerand, who combined with the next generation of youth players – including George Best – to win the FA Cup in 1963. [83] Very few changes were made to the kit until 1922 when the club adopted white shirts bearing a deep red "V" around the neck, similar to the shirt worn in the 1909 FA Cup Final. Enfield Town. [132] In July 2012, Manchester United was ranked first by Forbes magazine in its list of the ten most valuable sports team brands, valuing the Manchester United brand at $2.23 billion. Since then, they have gone on to win a record 20 top-division titles – including a record 13 Premier League titles – and their total of 12 FA Cups is second only to Arsenal (14). [182][183] Supporter groups encouraged match-going fans to wear green and gold, the colours of Newton Heath. [7] By winning the UEFA Europa League in 2016–17, they became one of five clubs to have won all three main UEFA club competitions. With 33 titles between them (20 for Manchester United, 13 for Arsenal) this fixture has become known as one of the finest Premier League match-ups in history. The club regained the Premier League in the 2006–07 season, before completing the European double in 2007–08 with a 6–5 penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow to go with their 17th English league title. Architect Archibald Leitch was given a budget of £30,000 for construction; original plans called for seating capacity of 100,000, though budget constraints forced a revision to 77,000. Original nickname for Norwich, now superseded by Canaries (see above), Derived from the fact that team originally played in the same colour as the 'Dolly Blue' washing tablets, Taken from latter part of 'Wimbledon'. They include the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Community Shield. Harry Wragg was a famous jockey in the 1930s. The following season, United finished second in the league – their highest finish since 2013 but still 19 points behind rivals Manchester City. 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"When you are going into the game, and that one-v-one battle [with the full-back], you've got to believe you're going to win it. [64], On 8 May 2013, Ferguson announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the football season, but would remain at the club as a director and club ambassador. During the Napoleonic wars the citizens of Hartlepool allegedly hanged a monkey believing it to be a French spy. The full list of Man United players who are struggling with injuries and knocks and when they might be back in action. [18], In January 1902, with debts of £2,670 – equivalent to £290,000 in 2020[nb 1] – the club was served with a winding-up order. For the women's football club, see, "MUFC" and "Manchester United" redirect here. [42] United then became the first English club to do the Double twice when they won both competitions again in 1995–96,[48] before retaining the league title once more in 1996–97 with a game to spare. Formerly the nickname of rivals, Colour of home football kit. Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in English football,[5][6] with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields. Owing to the red light that used to guide fishing boats back from the North Sea to the harbour (Lichtie being a Scots word for light), Shortened form of "Sons of the Rock" a term used for a person from Dumbarton. This resulted in the club starting the 1892–93 season in the First Division, by which time it had become independent of the railway company and dropped the "LYR" from its name. [42], Alex Ferguson and his assistant Archie Knox arrived from Aberdeen on the day of Atkinson's dismissal,[43] and guided the club to an 11th-place finish in the league. [65][66] The club announced the next day that Everton manager David Moyes would replace him from 1 July, having signed a six-year contract. [156], On 30 July 2012, United signed a seven-year deal with American automotive corporation General Motors, which replaced Aon as the shirt sponsor from the 2014–15 season. [26] Busby led the team to second-place league finishes in 1947, 1948 and 1949, and to FA Cup victory in 1948. [98] Newton Heath's first league match at Bank Street was played against Burnley on 1 September 1893, when 10,000 people saw Alf Farman score a hat-trick, Newton Heath's only goals in a 3–2 win. Comes from a newspaper description of a 'light and speedy' Rangers team of the 1870s. James made an instant impression at United after joining from Swansea City in the summer in a deal worth around £15million. [129], The rivalry with Arsenal arises from the numerous times the two teams, as well as managers Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger, have battled for the Premier League title. Based on the club badge, as well as Rovers being a term for Vikings, Based on official name and for being traditional rivals of, Based on the chalk from the White Cliffs of Dover, Colour of their home strip. The stadium's record attendance was registered on 25 March 1939, when an FA Cup semi-final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town drew 76,962 spectators. [89] In 2001, to celebrate 100 years as "Manchester United", a reversible white and gold away kit was released, although the actual match day shirts were not reversible. [19] By 1888, the club had become a founding member of The Combination, a regional football league. [171] A few years later, a power struggle emerged between the club's manager, Alex Ferguson, and his horse-racing partners, John Magnier and J. P. McManus, who had gradually become the majority shareholders. [101] Within four years, the stadium had cover on all four sides, as well as the ability to hold approximately 50,000 spectators, some of whom could watch from the viewing gallery atop the Main Stand. [142] Through Manchester United Finance and the club's membership scheme, One United, those with an affinity for the club can purchase a range of branded goods and services. In June 1971, Frank O'Farrell was appointed as manager, but lasted less than 18 months before being replaced by Tommy Docherty in December 1972. The origins of some nicknames are unclear with various stories being put forward. [74] United also fell behind in the title race for the third consecutive season, finishing in fifth place, in spite of several expensive signings during Van Gaal's tenure; however, that same season, Manchester United won the FA Cup for a 12th time, this being their first trophy won since 2013. [27] They then won back-to-back league titles in 1956 and 1957; the squad, who had an average age of 22, were nicknamed "the Busby Babes" by the media, a testament to Busby's faith in his youth players. Club badge has a lion on it. [149] The contract for the training kit sponsorship was then sold to Aon in April 2013 for a deal worth £180 million over eight years, which also included purchasing the naming rights for the Trafford Training Centre. The origin of the Toffee nickname dates back almost to the formation of the club. [12][114] A 2014 study showed that Manchester United had the loudest fans in the Premier League. [56] In the 2005–06 season, Manchester United failed to qualify for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over a decade,[57] but recovered to secure a second-place league finish and victory over Wigan Athletic in the 2006 Football League Cup Final.