Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club, based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, that plays in the Premier League. Founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford in 1910.
Manchester United was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR) depot at Newton Heath.The team initially played games against other departments and rail companies, but on 20 November 1880, they competed in their first recorded match; wearing the colours of the railway company – green and gold – they were defeated 6–0 by Bolton Wanderers' reserve team.
Manchester United was the first English football club to win the European Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson, has won 24 major honours since he took over in November 1986.
Manchester United has won many trophies in English football, including a record 19 league titles .
a record 11 FA Cupsfour League Cups and a record 19 FA Community Shields.
club has also won three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup.
one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.
club won a Treble of the Premier League.
FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, an unprecedented feat for an English club.
Manchester United is one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams in the world.
the club is number one in Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the world's 50 most valuable sports teams, valued at £1.4 billion.
After being floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1991, the club was purchased by Malcolm Glazer in May 2005 in a deal valuing the club at almost £800 million.
Manchester United has been described as a global brand; a 2011 report by Brand Finance, valued the club's trademarks and associated intellectual property at £412 million – an increase of £39 million on the previous year, valuing it at £11 million more than the second best brand, Real Madrid – and gave the brand a strength rating of AAA (Extremely Strong).In 2012, Manchester United was ranked first by Forbes magazine in its list of the ten most valuable sports team brands, valuing the Manchester United brand at £1.4 billion.The club is currently ranked third in the Deloitte Football Money League (behind Real Madrid and Barcelona).
The core strength of Manchester United's global brand is often attributed to Matt Busby's rebuilding of the team and subsequent success following the Munich air disaster, which drew worldwide acclaim.The "iconic" team included Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles (members of England's World Cup winning team), Denis Law and George Best. The attacking style of play adopted by this team (in contrast to the defensive-minded "catenaccio" approach favoured by the leading Italian teams of the era) "captured the imagination of the English footballing public".Busby's team also became associated with the liberalisation of Western society during the 1960s; George Best, known as the "fifth Beatle" for his iconic haircut, was the first footballer to significantly develop an off-the-field media profile.
10 Cristiano Ronaldo (2003-)
9 Bryan Robson (1981-1994)
8 Peter Schmeichel (1991-1999)
7 Duncan Edwards (1952-1958)
6 Roy Keane (1993-2005)
5 Ryan Giggs (1987-)
4 Denis Law (1962-1973)
3 Eric Cantona (1992-1997)
2 Bobby Charlton (1954-1973)
1 George Best (1963-1974)