The history of Manchester United – Manchester United is a football club from Manchester, England. The club is one of the best and most popular clubs in the world. Manchester United is also commonly called the abbreviation of Man United, Man Utd or MU. The team is the most popular English league championship title collector 20 times, including the most in the Premier League era. Man United has a long history as one of Britain’s first oldest clubs to be formed in the year 1878. Here is the complete history of Manchester United FC, including the initial info of the club.
The first Man United was established in 1878. At the time the club was named Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Football Club or Newton Heath LYR FC. The first to establish the Newton Heath Lyr FC was a departmen of the train transport of the Lancashire and Yorkshire companies, the train station in Newton Heath, a district in the city of Manchester. At the time, the team used a green-gold oversized costume.
Initially, the team was formed to play against the club from other railway station departments. At the time, the headquarters of Newton Heath FC was a small pitch on North Road, near Manchester’s Piccadilly railway station. Afterwards, Newton Heath FC participated in numerous amateur regional competitions, ranging from The Lancashire Cup, Manchester and District Challenge Cup, The Combination to Football Alliance. In 1892, the Football Alliance competition they followed merged with the Football League’s first professional league competition in the UK. As a result, Newton Heath competed in the First Division, the main caste of the English league.
Since then, Newton Heath has been a direct and independent club that is not tied to the company and train station anymore. Their stadium moved to the Bank Street area. In his first season in the League of England, Man United occupied the last position, although eventually not degraded due to the win in the play-offs against the champion of the 2nd Division. In the 1893-94 season, Newton Heath returned to the gatekeeper’s position and lost a play-off, making it the first club to be relegated in the history of the English League.
In 1902, the club had a financial crisis with many debts. There had been a concern that the club would go bankrupt. This can then be solved with funds from new investors, including John Henry Davies who is the club’s president. To mark the new beginning, on 24 April 1902, the club was renamed Manchester United FC. Other new names that had been proposed were Manchester Celtic and Manchester Central, even though the name of Manchester United was chosen. Another change happened to the color of the costume, which changes from green-yellow to red-white as it is now.
Despite his relegation, Manchester United finally managed to grasp the title of First English league champion in 1908 which was followed by the first trophy in other competitions such as Community Shield and FA Cup. In 1910, Man United was moving to a new stadium called Old Trafford which remained occupied until now. In the 20s and 30s, the club had experienced tidal achievements with some relegated to the Second Division. The year 1934 became the worst point in the history of the club where MU finished 20th in the Division 2 standings.
During World War, the English league competition had ceased and Man United participated in a number of unofficial competitions. Old Trafford Stadium was badly damaged after being bombed by the German Army in World War II. As a result Manchester United had moved to the Maine Road Stadium with Manchester City until 1949 when the renovation of Old Trafford was completed.
The Era of Matt Busby and Munich tragedy
In the coach’s era Matt Busby, Man United found their golden age including a league champion in the years 1956 and 1957 with a cast of 22-year-old average youth. Therefore, their players were briefly dubbed The Busby’s Babes. Man United was also the first English club to participate in the UEFA Champions League, precisely in the 1956-57 season. In that season, Man United had defeated the Belgian club Anderlecht with a 10-0 landslide score that remained the greatest win throughout Manchester United’s history.
In 1958, a major tragedy occurred when the plane transporting the player and the official Man United accident. A Total of 23 people died including the 8 Man United’s main player SAA. Just on February 6, 1958 the accident occurred and was often referred to as the Munich tragedy, which later became a dark tragedy in the history of Manchester United and the world of football as a whole.
Despite a tragedy, coach Matt Busby survived a crash back to build a squad until Man United had gained success in the 60s. They were also successful as the first English club to win the Champions League title in 1968. In the final, MU successfully defeated Benfica 4-1. The names of Manchester United players who were key in that era were Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best.
Success in Era Alex Ferguson
After being left to coach Matt Busby, Man United had suffered from a decline in the 70s and early 80s, and was relegated in 1974. In 1986, Alex Ferguson was appointed as the new Manchester United coach. He then took Man United to a time of success in the modern football era during his 27-year training career at the club. In Total he presented dozens of trophies for Manchester United, including 2 times as Champions League champion in the years 1999 and 2008. Ferguson also became the most successful trainer in Manchester United’s history.
Ferguson was also successful in the performance of the treble winners (Champions League champion, Premier League, FA Cup) in the 1998-1999 season. The achievement was so the first and the only one for the English club. The names of players such as Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were the name of Manchester United’s star player in the modern era. Now Manchester United is still one of the most popular clubs in the world with millions of fans and supporters scattered all over the world.