Manchester United F.C.

Manchester United F.C. (originally L&Y Railway F.C.) is an English football club based at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Formed as Newton Heath in 1878, as the works team of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath, becoming Manchester United in 1902.

Whilst traditionally amongst the stronger clubs in England, since the beginning of the 1990s Manchester United have, under manager Alex Ferguson achieved a degree of dominance in domestic competitions unseen since the great Liverpool F.C sides of the mid 1970s and early 1980s. In 2003, Manchester United qualified for the group stage of the Champions League for the eighth straight year, equalling a record held by Norway's Rosenborg.

Unlike those Liverpool sides, however, Manchester United have been largely unable to transfer their domestic dominance to European competition. The one exception was in 1999, when they came from behind in the last minutes of the UEFA Champions League final to beat Bayern Munich 2-1. United also won the League and FA Cup in that season, a "Treble" achievement which is unprecedented in English football.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Noted players
3 Successful Managers
4 Achievements
5 External link

History

The 1958 Manchester United team was nicknamed the "Busby Babes." On February 6, they were flying home from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade when the plane crashed on takeoff in a snow storm in Munich, Germany. Eight team members were killed, and 2 players suffered career-ending injuries. Amongst the dead was Duncan Edwards, the 21-year-old who many believe was on his way to establishing himself as one of England's greatest players ever. A survivor, Bobby Charlton would help lead England to the Football World Cup in 1966.

Noted players

Successful Managers

Achievements

  • League Championships: 15
    • 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
  • FA Cups: 10
    • 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999
  • League Cup: 1
    • 1992
  • UEFA Champions League Championships: 2
    • 1968, 1999
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1
    • 1991
  • Inter-Continental Cup: 1
    • 1999
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1
    • 1991
  • FA Charity Shields: 15
    • 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965*, 1967*, 1977*, 1983, 1990*, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003 (*as joint holders)

External link


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