What Trophies Mean to Manchester United Football Club
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What Trophies Mean to Manchester United Football Club

Manchester United Football Club is possibly the most famous football club in the world. It has won more trophies than any other team in the English league and, despite its relatively ignominious beginnings, it has gone on to become the most hated, the most feared and the most loved of all football clubs.

The club itself did not begin until the late 19th century and was formed by railway workers originally known as Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway). They wore the original colours of green and gold, adopting the owning company’s colours. In fact, the colours worn by the team has changed over the years, but since the 1960s the famous red strip was reflected in the unofficial adoption of the name the Red Devils. Mostly, the Red Devil epithet was only used during championship matches, but there were plenty of occasions when the red banner flew high!

The club relocated to Old Trafford in 1910 and it was there that the real legends began.

Perhaps the most famous era began in 1968 when, under the management of Matt Busby, the team won its first European Cup, and became the first English club to do so. What made this victory even more famous was that this was only 10 years after the Munich air disaster that tragically claimed the lives of eight players. This tragedy was to become a focal point for the clubs developing supremacy and spurred legions of supporters to light the fuse of fanatical team devotion that exists even today.

But the clubs history is dominated by the management style and direction adopted by Alex Ferguson, the current and most successful of its football managers. Since taking the club over in November 1986, he has led them to a historic 26 major victories including 18 league titles, 4 League Cups and 11 FA cups.

One of the best ways to look at the history of the club’s success is through the decades.

In the 1970s Matt Busby led the club to its first championship only 10 years after losing eight players in the tragic Munich air disaster.

In the 1980s the club experienced lean times by being knocked out of the FA Cup early in the season in 1980 and then being thrashed by Ipswich Town 6-0 later in the season. During this period the club teetered on relegation several times and the club’s management decided it was time for new leadership.

The 1990s saw the emergence of Manchester United under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the side won their first FA Cup in many a year, defeating Crystal Palace in a replay. This was a wonderful start to the 90’s and was the forerunner of two decades of excellence in which the club had a staggering run of success. They were the European Cup winners in 1991 when they defeated Barcelona 2-1, 23 years after their previous triumph in Europe, and have gone from strength to strength ever since.

The Manchester United football clubs shelves are full of trophies that reflect a glorious past and the promise of an equally competitive future.

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