20 Facts About Manchester United

  1. As of 2021, United have won just three UEFA Champions League trophies.
  2. Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968. They beat the Portuguese club Benfica 4–1 in a thrilling final match.
  3. After the appointment of Sir Matt Busby, Manchester United won back-to-back titles in 1956 and 1957. The squad, whose average age was only 22, gained the nickname “the Busby Babes”.
  4. In 1958, 8 of Manchester United’s players were killed in the Munich air crash.
  5. According to figures combined from all major social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter, United has the third highest social media following in the world among all sports teams. The only teams to have a stronger social following are Barcelona and Real Madrid.
  6. Old Trafford has the capacity to hold 74,879 supporters.
  7. After the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, Sir Matt Busby rebuilt the team through the 1960s by signing United legends such as Denis Law and Pat Crerand. He then developed United’s youth system which went on to create generation after generation of stars including George Best, Ryan Giggs, and David Beckham.
  8. In 2008 Man United won the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time by beating Ecuadorian side LDU Quito 1-0. Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game.
  9. Manchester United has won 20 League titles which is a record.
  10. Man United’s nickname is The Red Devils.
  11. Manchester United’s official supporters’ club recognizes over 200 country and city-specific supporter branches worldwide.
  12. Alex Ferguson and Archie Knox, his assistant at Aberdeen, took charge at Manchester United in 1986.
  13. United won their one and only UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991 beating Barcelona 2-1.
  14. In 1991, United beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0 to lift their one and only UEFA Super Cup.
  15. No records were ever kept of who managed Man United in the years between 1878 and 1892.
  16. In May 2005, United was purchased for $800 million by American Tycoon Malcolm Glazer.
  17. In 1998–99, the United were the first club in English football to win a European treble of the Premier League, Fa Cup, and Champions League.
  18. United won their one and only UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991 beating Barcelona 2-1.
  19. Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as United’s manager lasted a massive 27 years in total.
  20. By winning the UEFA Europa League in 2017, Manchester United became one of only five teams to have won all three of the main European trophies.
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