In January 1902, with debts of £2,670 – equivalent to £290,000 in 2020 – the club was served with a winding-up order. Captain Harry Stafford found four local businessmen, including John Henry Davies (who became club president), each willing to invest £500 in return for a direct interest in running the club and who subsequently changed the name; on 24 April 1902, Manchester United was officially born. Under Ernest Mangnall, who assumed managerial duties in 1903, the team finished as Second Division runners-up in 1906 and secured promotion to the First Division, which they won in 1908 – the club’s first league title. The following season began with victory in the first-ever Charity Shield and ended with the club’s first FA Cup title. Manchester United won the First Division for the second time in 1911, but at the end of the following season, Mangnall left the club to join Manchester City.
In 1993, the club won its first league title since 1967, and a year later, for the first time since 1957, it won a second consecutive title – alongside the FA Cup – to complete the first “Double” in the club’s history.
Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in English football, with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields. United have also won three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. In 1998 – 1999, the club became the first in the history of English football to achieve the continental European treble. By winning the UEFA Europa League in 2016 – 2017, they became one of five clubs to have won all three main UEFA club competitions.
Old Trafford, Greater Manchester
1902 – Present / Manchester United Football Club
1893 – 1902 / Newton Heath Football Club
1878 – 1893 / Newton Heath LYR Football Club
The Red Devils, Busby Babes
“The Red Devils.” Another incredibly famous nickname in the Premier League, but it wasn’t always that way. The “Busby Babes” was coined in 1951 after two players, Jackie Blanchflower and Roger Byrne made debuts and the Manchester Evening News calling them “United’s Babes” – the name Busby came from the manager at the time, Matt Busby.
After the devastating Munich Air Disaster in 1958, it just didn’t seem right to call another squad the “Busby Babes.” Instead, they poached the name from Salford Rugby Club who became known as “The Red Devils” in a tour of France. Busby liked the sound of the name and felt it would intimidate the more inexperienced players they would face.
Premier League / 20
2013, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1967, 1965, 1957, 1956, 1952, 1911, 1908
FA Cup / 12
2016, 2004, 1999, 1996, 1994, 1990,1985, 1983, 1977, 1963, 1948, 1909
Premier League – FA Cup Double / 3
1994, 1996, 1999
1910 – Present / Old Trafford
1893 – 1910 / Bank Street
1878 – 1880 / North Road
1902 – Present / Manchester United plc
*Blue is this team’s history