Manchester United, popularly known as Man U and the Red Devils, is an English professional football (soccer) team headquartered in Manchester, England. Manchester United Football Club is the club’s official name. It is nicknamed “the Red Devils” because to its distinctive red uniforms, and it is one of the wealthiest and best-supported football clubs in the world, not just in England. The team has won the English Premier League title a record 20 times, as well as the Football Association (FA) Cup 12 times.
Newton Heath LYR was founded in 1878 by Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway employees. The team was renamed Manchester United in 1902 and won its first English league championship in 1907–08. The club relocated from its old Bank Street facility to Old Trafford stadium in 1910, where it has remained ever since.
Since World War II, two long-serving managers have dominated Manchester United’s history. Sir Matthew Busby was named manager in 1945 and led the team to five English league and two FA Cup titles over the next 24 years. The club faced tragedy in 1958, when an aeroplane carrying the team crashed in Munich, killing 23 of the 44 people on board. Busby rebuilt the team in the 1960s, which contained the immensely gifted attacking combination of Bobby Charlton, George Best, and Denis Law. This side became the first English club to win the European Cup (now known as the Champions League) in 1968, with a 4–1 triumph over Benfica of Portugal in the final.
Alex Ferguson, the former manager of the Scottish club Aberdeen, oversaw the club from 1986 to 2013 and presided over an unprecedented period of supremacy in the English league. Manchester United has won the Premier League 12 times since the league’s inception in 1992–93. In the 1998–99 season, the club won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League for the first time in English football history. In the 2007–08 season, the club won their second Champions League title.
Manchester United is well-known for its youth team programme, which has produced a number of prominent homegrown players who have gone on to play for the club’s first squad, notably David Beckham. Over the years, the club has also signed a number of high-profile players, including Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Patrice Evra, Dimitar Berbatov, and Cristiano Ronaldo.