Having enjoyed an incredible revival following the inception of the Premier League, Manchester United can now genuinely claim to be the most successful English football club.
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The club was founded in 1878 and was originally called Newton Heath.
The club’s two most successful managers have been Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.
In the 1950s, the talented youthful side was nicknamed ‘the Busby Babes’ after Sir Matt led them to back-to-back titles.
Tragedy struck on 6 February 1958 when, following a European Cup tie in Belgrade, the team was aboard the plane that made its ill-fated attempt to depart Munich Airport.
Eight players were amongst the 23 fatalities. Amongst others, manager Matt Busby suffered serious injuries.
After recovering, the mercurial manager was able to re-build an iconic team which included the United Trinity of George Best, Dennis Law and Bobby Charlton.
Just ten years on from the disaster, the Red Devils became the first English club to win the European Cup.
After 19 years without a league title, Alex Ferguson took charge of the club in 1986.
In 1990, United won their first major trophy of the Fergie reign when they beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final.
A first Premier League title was secured in 1993 as the club went on to dominate the domestic game for the next two decades.
During the Ferguson era, United won the UEFA Champions League twice, clinched 13 Premier League titles, won five FA Cups and four League Cups.
The legendary manager retired in 2013 after 27 years in charge and a total haul of 38 trophies.
Under the ownership of USA-based Glazer family since 2005, having twice been on the verge of bankruptcy before the Second World War, Manchester United now vies with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for the title of the world`s richest club.
Home ground history:
North Road – 1880
Bank Street – 1893
Old Trafford – 1910
Due to war damage, played at Maine Road from 1941 to 1949