Manchester United

No matter if you decide to take the bus, tram, or train, all you have to do is follow the stream of people to get to the home grounds of Manchester United, Old Trafford. That situates in the Greater Manchester area, more precise the Borough of Trafford. The Club as such dates back to 1878 under the name Newton Heath LYR Football Club, taking the name from the funding organisation Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Playing in the League, “The Combination” for 1 season and 3 seasons in the “Football Alliance” League that finally got consumed by The Football League. And by season 1892/93 the Club hade emancipated them from the Railway; as a result, the LYR saw deletion from the name. Though, it was not before 1902 the Manchester United name became official, this after a cash injection from local businessmen.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

All in all, Manchester United F.C are representing the UK well on all levels in UEFA’s club coefficient ranking. In fact, for now (2020) the Club nest themselves on a 9th place. Surrounding themselves with other UK Clubs like Liverpool F.C (8th), and Arsenal F.C (10th). Plus, on the UEFA 10-year Club ranking, they locate on a much better position, namely 6th. Yet, Manchester United F.C still has some ways to go to beat the current highest ranked UK Club, Chelsea F.C (5th). But, if we look at a domestic level, the Club is the one to chase after. Which will be perfectly clear after we explored Manchester United achievements. Leading us to the next topic, English Premier League (EPL) titles.

How many times have Manchester United won the Premier League title?

If you previously read our topic, Premier League you would know that Manchester United is the Club that has brought home the EPL trophy more times than any Club in UK history. In fact, they have championed the EPL an amazing 13 times (1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13). Plus, if, we include the 7 (1907/08, 1910/11, 1951/52, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1964/65, 1966/67) First Division wins Manchester United has claimed the number 1 position 20 times. Now, with that in mind, get ready for some more jaw-dropping accomplishments produced by “The Red Devils.”

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Manchester United

For your convenience, we will not bog you down in a lengthy discussion of name changes. If you like to get more information, we invite you to read our League and Cup coverage. So, let’s get the ball rolling with the Clubs performance. Starting with 12 (1908/09, 1947/48, 1962/63, 1976/77, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1989/90, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04, 2015/16) FA Cup Wins. Followed by 5 (1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2016/17) Carabao Cup victories. And a mind-boggling 21 (1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016) FA Community Shield wins. But also 1 (1990/91) European Cup Winner’s Cup, 1 (1991) European Super Cup, 1 (1999) Intercontinental Cup, and finally 1 (2008) FIFA Club World Cup win. On a League level, the Club also won 3 (1967/68, 1998/99, 2007/08) UEFA Champions League titles. Plus 1 (2016/17) UEFA Europa League victory.

Kit and colours

Historically, Manchester United has always had a variation of red, white, and black, with red being the dominant colour for its home kit. Although, while playing under the Newton Heath name the Club tried out combination containing royal blue, green, and yellow. Which has also featured in the away kit in many cases, amongst other colour and design options. And there has been no really clear evolution of the kit. Where both colours and look has drastically changed from year to year. And for the latest (2019/20) away kit, the Club has chosen to enter the field dressed in black and white. Whilst the third kit is all black.

Manchester United’s social responsibilities

The organisation is on a clear goal mission; to be the best football club on the pitch and off. Where they say that success should not only get measured by the trophy cabinet. But also the effort and the positive impact they give to the community. And in what ways are the Club getting closer to the set targets? One of them is the Manchester United Foundation. Where they involve staff to educate, develop, and deliver positive opportunities for the young. Basically, a platform from which the youngsters can grow and make better life choices for themselves, amongst other things like soccer schools and disabled supporter’s association, to mention some of the contributions.

Stadiums and capacity

1909 is the year you are looking for if you wonder when Manchester United started to play on a regular basis at Old Trafford. By which more or less has been the home ground for the Club, for instance, one exception was for the temporary move to Maine Road during the 2nd world war when the stadium suffered heavy damage from bombings. However, that’s not the only reconstruction and expansion the stadium has seen. Where the 80s developments lead to a 56,385 capacity. However, in 1992 they converted the area to an all-seated stadium, bringing the capacity down to a record low 44,000, and that’s just some of the remodelling the arena has seen. And are currently hosting football games in front of audiences as big as 76,000. With a reported home average of around 72,000 to 73,000 fans.

Manchester United transfers and rumours

Manchester United’s fan base

According to a survey conducted by an independent data, insights and consulting company, Manchester United has the largest fan base in the world. Where the study shows some impressive numbers and telling us that roughly 1.1 billion follows the Club as fans, red devils. The survey, as such, conducted in 39 countries and should, as a result, indicate a relative reliable figure. Also, the reported attendance record of the matches further supports the notion.

Women football in Manchester United

Officially the Manchester United Women Football Club was first formed in 2001. Though, due to struggling and undercooked performances time after time, finding themselves going nowhere. And they officially disbanded in 2005. Yet, with the fact in hand, we know that the comeback season 2018/19 in the Championship was the turning point for the women. Ultimately earning a promotion to the top-flight League, Women’s Super League (WSL). Plus, the team also named the FA Women’s Championship Club in 2019s FA Women’s Football Awards. And so far, it looks like all the kinks are out of the way, where the team performs much better than its first stumbling years.

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Manchester United

The major shareholder in Manchester United is still the Glazer family, with Joel holders 17.23%. Followed by Avram 16.38%, Darcie 16.37%, Kevin 16.32%, Bryan 15.54%, and Edward 15.23%. Other than the Glazer’s the Club also has some more stakeholders. However, it’s split between 4 different companies with a total asset control of 2.29%. In other words, insignificant in the whole scheme of things. Moreover, as the Club is highly attractive by fans and media, they also have big-name global, regional, financial, and media partners supporting their efforts.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know, the original architect of the Old Trafford, Archibald Leitch’s budget was £30,000 and a stadium that could cater for 100,000 people. But, due to financial hard times and other financial constraints, the size ultimately ended up in 77,000. Also how about this, in season 2015/16 Manchester United became the first to score 1000 goals in front of its home crowd. And if you want to shine even further on the next quiz night. The 1000th goal came from the forward Anthony Martial.