They’re arguably one of the best teams in the world, they’ve got several trophies under their belt, and they spend most of their time running around the pitch in a red jersey and white shorts! Yes, we’re talking about Manchester United Football Club! Join us as we discover more kicking facts about the team.
Fact 1: It wasn’t until the 1930s that Manchester United settled on their traditional kit colors, the red shirt with white shorts.
Fact 2: As of 2020, United have won just three UEFA Champions League trophies.
Fact 3: 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.
Fact 4: 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”.
Fact 5: United’s crest was included for the first time on their jersey at the start of the 1971 season.
Fact 6: In 1958, 8 of Manchester United’s players were killed in the Munich air crash.
Fact 7: 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.
Fact 8: Old Trafford has the capacity to hold 74,879 supporters.
Fact 9: United’s first ground, North Road, held a capacity of only 15,000 spectators.
Fact 10: According to figures on Social Media, as of 2020, Manchester United has a network of over 75 million supporters.
Fact 11: Manchester United, under the management of Sir Matt Busby, was the first English football club to win the European Cup, now the Champions League, in 1968.
Fact 12: United have collected one UEFA Europa League Trophy.
Fact 13: 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.
Fact 14: When the club was near financial collapse in 1902, the then Club Captain Harry Stafford stepped in and convinced 4 Manchester businessmen to unite together to save the club. Thus, the name “Manchester United” was born.
Fact 15: 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.
Fact 16: Manchester United has won 20 League titles which is a record.
Fact 17: In 2017, Manchester United was the richest club in world football, with an annual income of approximately $700 million.
Fact 18: Man United’s nickname is The Red Devils.
Fact 19: Manchester United’s official supporters’ club recognizes over 200 country and city-specific supporter branches worldwide.
Fact 20: In 1892, after more than a decade of being funded by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, United finally became a limited company. They proceeded to raise capitol by selling shares to local supporters for £1 per share.
Fact 21: In 1945, the year World War 2 came to an end, United made the now legendary managerial appointment of Sir Matt Busby.
Fact 22: In 1922, 3 years after World War 1 came to an end, United’s fortunes took a turn for the worse. The club was relegated down to the English Second Division where they remained for 3 years until promotion clawed them back into the English top-flight in 1925.
Fact 23: Alex Ferguson and Archie Knox, his assistant at Aberdeen, took charge at Manchester United in 1986.
Fact 24: United have won 12 FA Cups.
Fact 25: Short forms of their name include Man United, Man Utd, The Red Devils, or simply, United.
Fact 26: Manchester United’s home ground is called Old Trafford.
Fact 27: United have won more trophies than any other English club.
Fact 28: Man United moved to their current home stadium, Old Trafford, over 100 years ago in 1910.
Fact 29: In recognition of the Munich Air Disaster, UEFA invited Manchester United to compete in the 1958 European Cup. However, the English FA blocked United from entering as they did not qualify for the tournament.
Fact 30: In 1991, United beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0 to lift their one and only UEFA Super Cup.
Fact 31: Manchester United’s traditional home kit colors to date are red jersey, white shorts, any color boots, and white socks.
Fact 32: In May 2005, Malcolm Glazer bought a 28.7% stake in the club. This gave Glazer’s investment company, Red Football Ltd, a controlling stake in the club.
Fact 33: After much success, Busby resigned as manager in 1969. Following his own recommendations, he was replaced by the then reserve team coach, and former United player, Wilf McGuinness
Fact 34: In Autumn 1880, Newton Heath played in their first-ever recorded match. Their kit colors were green and gold, the same as the railway company. Unfortunately, they went on to be destroyed 6–0 by a far superior Bolton Wanderers second team.
Fact 35: No records were ever kept of who managed Man United in the years between 1878 and 1892.
Fact 36: In 1893, Manchester United moved from their first ground, North Road, to Bank Street Football Ground.
Fact 37: The United players that passed away because of the Munich Air Disaster included David Pegg, Geoff Bent, Billy Whelan, Roger Byrne, Mark Jones, Eddie Colman, Tommy Taylor, and the supremely talented, Duncan Edwards.
Fact 38: In May 2005, United was purchased for $800 million by American Tycoon Malcolm Glazer.
Fact 39: United won their one and only UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991 beating Barcelona 2-1.
Fact 40: Newton Heath LYR Football Club, Manchester United’s original name and club, were founded by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.
Fact 41: In 1957, despite strong opposition from the English Football Association, United became the first English team to play in the European Cup.
Fact 42: United won their first league title in 1908.
Fact 43: The club is based in Manchester, England. United’s ground can be found in the Town of Old Trafford in Greater Manchester.
Fact 44: German Bombing in the Second World War nearly obliterated the entire stadium. All that was left of old Trafford at the time was the central player’s tunnel in the South Stand. The rest was left in ruins.
Fact 45: 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.
Fact 46: In 1957, United recorded there largest-ever victory. The went on to beat then Belgian champions Anderlecht 10–0!
Fact 47: In 1902, United almost went bankrupt with equivalent depts of £250,000.
Fact 48: Major Rivalries with other English teams include Manchester City Liverpool, Leeds United, and Arsenal.
Fact 49: Manchester United’s original name was Newton Heath.
Fact 50: The United team that won the 1968 European Cup contained three European Footballers of the Year winners: George Best, Bobby Charlton, and Denis Law
Fact 51: In the first 15 years of United history, they played at the North Road football ground.
Fact 52: Since the era of the “Busby Babes” in the 40s and 50s, Manchester United has been known for placing faith in youth players and developing homegrown squads.
Fact 53: Following their league triumph in 1908, Man United went on to lift the first ever Charity Shield 1909.
Fact 54: The first-ever recorded manager for Manchester United, then known as Newton Heath, was Alfred Harold Albut.
Fact 55: In 2015, Adidas won the right to manufacture Manchester United’s kit. They had to pay a then world record £750 million over 10-years for the rights.
Fact 56: Old Trafford’s original building plans called for a whopping 100,000 spectator capacity.
Fact 57: Man Utd has won a total of five League Cups in their history.
Fact 58: As of 2020, Sir Alex Ferguson still plays an important role at Old Trafford serving as a Director on a board of directors that includes, David Gill, Sir Bobby Charlton, and Michael Edelson.
Fact 59: In 1999 United Beat Brazilian Club Palmeiras 1-0 to win their single Intercontinental Cup victory.
Fact 60: Manchester City Council coat of arms was used as inspiration for United’s team badge.
Fact 61: The Munich air disaster happened in Munich Germany after European Cup quarter-final victory against Red Star Belgrade. The aeroplane that carried the Manchester United players and personnel skidded off the runway and crashed after a failed attempt to take off.
Fact 62: The Manchester-based club was founded way back in 1878.
Fact 63: Manchester United compete in the English Premier League, the highest tier of English football.
Fact 64: After Borussia Dortmund, Man United has the second-highest average attendance in world football.
Fact 65: As of 2020, Manchester United have hired a total of 25 recorded managers.
Fact 66: Along with a record number of league titles, United also holds the record for the most FA Community Shields wins with 21 victories to their name.
Fact 67: United changed its name from Newton Heath to Manchester United Football Club in 1902
Fact 68: Between 1986 and 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson won a record 38 trophies as manager of Manchester United. His victories included 13 League titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues.
Fact 69: United’s kit home kit colors have varied over the years, from yellow and green in the 18th century to all white in the 1920s.
Fact 70: Old Trafford’s record attendance was set in 1935, but United didn’t even play in the match! The FA Cup Semi-Final, which Wolves and Grimsby contested, drew a crowd of 76,962.
Fact 71: On the night of 6 February 1958, The Munich air disaster claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight Manchester United players.
Fact 72: According to a 2014 study, the supporters at Old Trafford the loudest in the Premier League.
Fact 73: Manchester United are a professional Football team that plays in England
Fact 74: Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as United’s manager lasted a massive 27 years in total.
Fact 75: 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.