It doesn't matter whether you’re a football fan or don’t know the first thing about it, Manchester United is one club you surely must have heard of. So is the degree of dominance manifested by the “Most Celebrated Football Club” in the game’s history. Put down as the most successful club in the Premier League history, Manchester United’s supremacy over its rivals and the ever growing fanbase makes it one of the most followed clubs in the world.
A club valued at $3.31 billion (£2.23 billion) in 2016 according to Forbes, United are the richest English club. But what makes Manchester United’s 135-year-old legacy unparalleled to any amount of wealth is the love that the fans have for the Red Devils. Throughout the club’s history of drama, emotions, glories, sorrows, ups and downs the fans have stood together supporting the club making them one of the most special groups of supporters in the game's history.
Here are 5 reasons why Manchester United is one of the most famous clubs in football.
#1 Fairytale History
Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club, the club’s name was later changed to what today is known as Manchester United. On 24 April 1902, Manchester United entered the footballing world and won their first league title in 1908. Nicknamed "the Red Devils", United are a club that is over 100 years old with Old Trafford as its home.
Having suffered one of the most horrendous tragedies ever witnessed by the game and its fans, the Red Devils endured a horrifying incident in 1958 known as “The Munich Air Disaster”. The crash destroyed the nucleus of what promised to be one of the greatest generation of players in English football history. Despite the tragedy, under Matt Busby, United came back even stronger to become the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968.
In the 90s and 00s, under Sir Alex Ferguson, United achieved the glory that transformed the club into the biggest name in world football. In the 1998–99 season, Manchester United entered the history books by becoming the first ever English team to win the Treble.