One of the most successful clubs in world football, Manchester United was formed in 1878 as “Newton Heath LYR Football Club” but by 1902 the club name was changed to Manchester United.
In 1910 they moved to Old Trafford but when the stadium was extensively damaged during World War II the team had to play their home games at Manchester City’s ground.
In 1958 a tragedy struck the team when British European Airways flight 609 crashed claiming the lives of 20 of the 44 passengers, including eight players. Ten years later under the management of Matt Busby, Manchester United was the first British football club to win the European Cup.
Manchester United is the third-richest football club in the world in terms of revenue and the world’s second most valuable sports team in 2013. They have won 19 League Championships, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 3 European Cups, 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup and 1 Super Cup.
Most of these trophies have been won under Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson is the longest serving manager of Manchester United, completing more than 26-and-a-half years as the club’s manager. He was knighted in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honors list, for his services to the game.
Nowadays Louis van Gaal is the manager of the club, replacing David Moyes who was unable to defend their Premier League title and failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995-96.