Manchester United Football Club was originally known as Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway) FC when formed in 1878, and is now one of the most famous and most widely supported football teams in the world.
The Red Devils play their games at Old Trafford, affectionately referred to as the Theatre of Dreams. Old Trafford was bombed during World War II and Manchester City helped out their neighbours by allowing United to play matches at Maine Road.
The Most Famous Football Club in the World
Manchester United have won silverware on a regular basis throughout their proud and successful history and on the domestic front have won the both the old First Division Championship and the Premier League, the old Second Division, and the FA Cup and League Cup. In Europe, United have won the European Cup and Champions' League, and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup. In 1999, Manchester United won the Intercontinental Cup/World Club Championship.
Manchester United's first prolonged spell of success arrived with the appointment of Matt Busby as manager in 1945. By the time Matt Busby left in 1969 United had won five First Division titles, two FA Cup Finals and of course became the first English team to win the European Cup in 1968.
The Busby Babes
Initially, Matt Busby began developing a young and exciting team, the 'Busby Babes', who won the League title in 1956 with an average age of only 22. However, disaster struck on 6th February 1958 when eight players and fifteen passengers were tragically killed following a plane crash at Munich airport.
Following this tragedy Busby slowly began to build another team which eventually included Manchester United legends George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. The achievements of this team peaked in 1968 when they defeated Benfica 4-1 at Wembley in the European Cup Final.
Manchester United Cup Treble
More regular success came again following the appointment of Alex Ferguson as manager in 1986. After what might be described as a slow start Manchester United won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991 and were the first ever champions of the newly formed Premier League in the 1992/93 season. Then, in the 1998/99 season, United became the first English team to achieve the amazing 'Treble' of the Premier League, The FA Cup and finally the Champions' League.
Since that 'Treble' season Manchester United have continued to win trophies, including the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.