Manchester United is coming off a season that is less than spectacular and certainly not up to the standards that Manchester Fans are used to. Nonetheless, Manchester United has a very successful history and a brilliant following. The Sports Archives would like to reflect on just how successful this football club is by presenting some facts and figures in MU history.
The infographic that follows below is courtesy of Aford Awards, a contributor to The Sports Archives.
Manchester United Facts and Figures:
In 1902 the Newton Heath football club changed its name to Manchester United and won the League Championship in 1908.
In 1909, Old Trafford is completed and becomes home to Manchester United. They play their first game there on the 19th of February, 1910.
After the World Wars, Manchester United became a major force in English football with Sir Matt Busby taking command of the ship.
In 1958, the infamous Munich Air Disaster landed a heavy blow to Manchester United and its fans. 8 MU players were lost to the tragedy and Matt Busby was hospitalized for 2 months after.
By 1968, the Reds had 7 league titles and won the European Cup for the first time beating Benfica on goals by George Best, Brian Kidd and two from Bobby Charlton, who incidentally survived the Munich Air Disaster.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Man. U. continues adding numerous FA Cup and Charity Shields to its trophy room.
In 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson takes the helm.
In the 1990s, Manchester United began its dynasty winning so many tournaments and trophies that Alex Ferguson was awarded a knighthood in 1999.
In the 21 century, the Reds continued the dynasty with Ferguson becoming the first manager to win three successive English league titles.
By 2009, with the aid of players like Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Reds have secured the League championship 11 times in seventeen years!
In 2013, Robin van Persie helped the Reds win their 20th league title.
In 2013-2014, Manchester United becomes the second-richest football club in the world in terms of revenue, trailing only Real Madrid.
Thus, as illustrated by the infographic that follows, Manchester United has found extreme success with its football club and will always have its place in the archives of English football.