Manchester United Football Club, commonly shortened to Man United, is a professional club in the United Kingdom. The club is based at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and competes in the Premier League, which is the top division of the English football leagues. Early on, the team earned themselves the nickname “the Red Devils”, although it is unclear precisely who coined the name.
Manchester United Football Club was initially called Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, but the club decided to change its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved its home ground to Old Trafford in 1910, where the club remains today.
As a club, Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in the history of English football. They have managed to win 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups, and a record 21 FA Community Shields. Manchester United have also managed to win three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europe League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. The very first time in the long history of English football that a team managed to win the continental European treble was achieved by Manchester United between the years 1998-99, a feat that remains rare to this day. By managing to win the UEFA Europe League between the years 2016 and 2017, they became just one of five clubs to have won all three of the main UEFA club competitions, and they remain the only club in English football to have managed to win every competition available to them.
A disaster has occasionally struck Manchester United; in 1958, the club lost eight of their players in the Munich air disaster, which was a plane crash when a British European Airways flight crashed horrifically during its third attempt to take off from a slippery runway at the Munich-Riem Airport in West Germany.
When the club was under the management of Matt Busby, in 1968, Manchester United was the first English football club to manage to win the European Cup. This feat was superseded by the later manager, Alex Ferguson, who took the club to its greatest height of success, by managing to win 38 trophies as their manager, which included 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two UEFA Champions Leagues, between the years of 1986 and 2013. Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the position of manager from the club in 2013, and he remains one of the most successful professional football managers in English football to this day.
Manchester United has also been highly successful financially, with the team managing to become the world’s highest earning football club between 2016 and 2017 when they earned approximately €676 million.