Manchester United

The Red Devils

Manchester United - The Red Devils

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Manchester United Potted History

Formed as Newton Heath in 1878, the 'Red Devils' became Manchester United in 1902 and were crowned Division One champions just six years later. Their first major home ground was called Bank Street and strangely enough it is now the car park for the velodrome and is almost part of the Etihad Stadium they actually played as Newton Heath at North Road and moved to Bank Street in 1893 and were promptly relegated they were subjected to a winding up order in 1902 while still called Newton Heath and were only rescued by the benevolance of local brewer John Henry Davies who renamed the side Manchester United and he paid for the move to Old Trafford in 1910 having first sold the toxic dump to Manchester Corporation.

The FA Cup was also on display at their Bank Street home before a move to Old Trafford was secured in 1910, with another league title sewn up under the leadership of Ernest Mangnall.

The inter-war years were barren for the Reds, but Sir Matt Busby became manager in 1945 and his 'Busby Babes' won three league titles in the 1950s. However, tragedy struck on the return from a European tie in 1958 when an air crash in Munich claimed the lives of eight United players and robbed the world of one of the most exciting teams of its era. Busby survived and led United to league glory in 1965 and 1967 before a famous and emotional European Cup triumph in 1968.

Frequent success in cup competitions, including lifting the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991, translated into league success in 1993 - the inaugural season of the FA Premier League(1992-93). The red machine went on to dominate English football under Sir Alex Ferguson's leadership.

An unprecedented double of FA Premier League and FA Cup Doubles were captured in 1994 and 1996, before 1999's thrilling FA Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League Treble triumph. With some of the finest players in the premiership in Van Nistolroy, Giggs , & Wayne Rooney. Season 2008/09 was Ronaldo's last with United and what a season winning the World Club Championship, The Carling Cup and the Premiership and losing in the Final of the Champions League to a Magnificent Barcelona. Thanks for the memories Cristiano. 2010/11 proved the be the year that Alex Ferguson managed to overall Liverpool's 18 Domestic titles putting Manchester United on 19 making them the most succesful side in history. 2012 Manchester United finish runners up to local rivals Man City losing out on goal difference and with just 2 minutes to go to the final whistle. 2012/13 Manchester United under Alex Ferguson in his last season in charge managed to win their 20th League Title, while it was sad news that Alex Ferguson retired and Paul Scholes finally hung up his boots, With a manager Like David Moyes taking over it is possible that it will be business as usual.

2013/14 Manchester United do the unthinkable and sack a manager after only 10 months in charge, they then handed the reins to Ryan Giggs, who impressed everyone with his cool and charismatic handling of the situation however soon after they appoint the Dutch master Louis Van Gaal as the new manager. United break the UK signing record and the bank by bringing Di Maria and Falcao to Old Trafford. Having finished 4th in the Premier League United went on another spending spree and brought in exciting Dutch youngster Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, Bastian Schweinsteige, Matteo Darmian from Italy, Sergio Romero Argentinian Goalkeeper.

Louis Van Gaal wins the FA cup with Manchester United beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in Extra Time when United were down to 10 men and United thank the manager by giving him the sack. United appoint Jose Mourino as the new manager. United sign Zlatan and world record fee for Paul Pogba. In Jose's first season United win the Charity Shield, the League Cup and the trophy that had eluded them so far the Europa League.

Premiership Teams

Season 2016/2017 sees big spending by all teams with Manchester United topping the big spending league by paying a world record fee for Paul Pogba a player they let go for £800,000 several years before.

  • Arsenal
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Burnley
  • Chelsea
  • Crystal Palace
  • Everton
  • Huddersfield Town
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Newcastle United
  • Southampton
  • Stoke City
  • Swansea
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Watford
  • West Brom
  • West Ham
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