Founded: 1878 as Newton Heath LYR
Owners: The Glazers family
Stadium: The Old Trafford
Manchester United have dominated the Premier League over the last few decades. The Red Devils are one of the most iconic football clubs in the world and have millions of fans across the globe.
The club was first founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR FC but later the name got changed to Manchester United in 1902. They have gone on to establish themselves as one of the best teams on English soil and their trophy cabinet speaks for them.
Sir Alex Ferguson was their longest-serving manager as the Scottish gaffer served the club for a whopping 27 years. He led the club to a plethora of trophies as the club won thirteen Premier League, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles.
The Glazers took control of United back in 2005 and since then they have been running the club. Despite their struggles on the pitch, the Red Devils remain one of the most sought after clubs to brands as they tend to invest in the club due to its higher brand value.
United’s current valuation is in the tune of 4.2 billion dollars and they are one of the richest clubs in the world dolling out millions in revenues every month. They have reinvested money into the club as United currently have one of the best stadiums in the world which currently sits around 76,000 people. They also have a state of the art Carrington training ground with world class facilities.
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo has certainly added some much needed sharpness to the team as the Portuguese is still going strong at the age of 36.
Manchester United: Results in English Premier League
Since 1992 a number of clubs decided to switch from the conventional Football League and found another league which was named the “Premier League”. The clubs competing in this league get a share of the revenue pool and also a major chunk of the telecast rights money.
United are the current record holder with 13 Premier League titles all winning under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson.
They won three back to back titles in the proceedings which no other team has done so far. They also did the continental treble in the 1998-99 season when they claimed the FA Cup, Premier League and the Champions League in a single season.
Manchester United: Top Scorers in English Premier League
|1996-97||Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||33||18|
|2001-02||Ruud van Nistelrooy||32||23|
|2002-03||Ruud van Nistelrooy||34||25|
|2003-04||Ruud van Nistelrooy||32||20|
|2005-06||Ruud van Nistelrooy||35||21|
|2012-13||Robin van Persie||38||26|
Cristiano Ronaldo holds an iconic figure amongst the Manchester United supporters. The Portuguese international took very little time to acclimatise himself in the Premier League and struck the right notes from the very beginning. The 36 year old left the Red Devils for Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record fee and returned to the club this summer.
Wayne Rooney spent the major part of his career at United and scored galore of goals for the club. With 253 goals he currently stands to be United’s highest goal scorer of all time so far.
Sir Alex Ferguson Era
When Sir Alex Ferguson joined the club back in 1986 United were struggling as the club had barely managed to keep themselves alive in the league. Since the first division changed to Premier League in 1992 United came alive and the Red Devils lifted back to back Premier League titles in the first two seasons.
It was the start of their dominance as United began to build their mammoth trophy cabinet banking on Ferguson’s influence. They recorded the historic treble in the 1998-99 season when they won the FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored an injury-time winner as United came from behind to lodge a famous win against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou.
They also did a title hat-trick of Premier League titles as they went on to pick three Premier League titles consecutively from the 2006-07 season. They also had a dramatic UEFA Champions League final in 2008 when Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the tiebreaker. Handing an edge to Chelsea, But the Blues captain John Terry slipped and his shot hit the post only to give United another golden chance to lift the trophy.
Edwin van der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka’s penalty as United added another silverware to their trophy cabinet. Ferguson decided to retire post the 2012-13 season as United were adjudged the English champions for the record 13th time.
Since his departure, the Red Devils haven’t managed to build on his legacy and are still going through a rebuilding process.
Manchester United: EPL 2021-22 Fixtures
|August 14, 2021||Saturday||Manchester United vs Leeds United||Old Trafford||6:00 PM IST|
|August 22, 2021||Sunday||Southampton vs Manchester United||St Mary’s stadium||7:30 PM IST|
|August 29, 2021||Sunday||Wolves vs Manchester United||Molineux stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|September 11, 2021||Saturday||Manchester United vs Newcastle United||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|September 19, 2021||Sunday||West Ham United vs Manchester United||London Stadium||7:30 PM IST|
|September 25, 2021||Saturday||Manchester United vs Aston Villa||Old Trafford||6:00 PM IST|
|October 2 , 2021||Saturday||Manchester United vs Everton||Old Trafford||6:00 PM IST|
|October 16, 2021||Saturday||Leicester City vs Manchester United||King Power Stadium||8.30 PM IST|
|October 24, 2021||Sunday||Manchester United vs Liverpool||Old Trafford||10:00 PM IST|
|October 30, 2021||Saturday||Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||11:00 PM IST|
|November 6, 2021||Saturday||Manchester United vs Manchester City||Old Trafford||6:00 PM IST|
|November 20, 2021||Saturday||Watford vs Manchester United||Vicarage Road||8:30 PM IST|
|November 28, 2021||Sunday||Chelsea vs Manchester United||Stamford Bridge||10:00 PM IST|
|December 3, 2021||Friday||Manchester United vs Arsenal||Old Trafford||1:45 AM IST|
|December 5, 2021||Sunday||Manchester United vs Crystal Palace||Old Trafford||7:30 PM IST|
|December 11, 2021||Saturday||Norwich City vs Manchester United||Carrow Road||11:00 PM IST|
|January 20, 2022||Thursday||Brentford vs Manchester United||Brentford Community stadium||1:45 AM IST|
|February 16, 2022||Wednesday||Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion||Old Trafford||1:45 AM IST|
|December 28, 2021||Tuesday||Newcastle United vs Manchester United||St James’ Park||1:30 AM IST|
|December 31, 2021||Friday||Manchester United vs Burnley||Old Trafford||1:45 AM IST|
|January 3 , 2022||Monday||Manchester United vs Wolves||Old Trafford||11:00 PM IST|
|January 15, 2022||Saturday||Aston Villa vs Manchester United||Villa Park||11:00 PM IST|
|January 22, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs West Ham United||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|February 9, 2022||Wednesday||Burnley vs Manchester United||Turf Moor||1:30 AM IST|
|February 12, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs Southampton||Old Trafford||6:00 PM IST|
|February 20, 2022||Sunday||Leeds United vs Manchester United||Elland Road||7:30 PM IST|
|February 26, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs Watford||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|March 6, 2022||Sunday||Manchester City vs Manchester United||Etihad Stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|March 12, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur||Old Trafford||11:00 PM IST|
|March 20, 2022||Sunday||Liverpool vs Manchester United||Anfield stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|April 2, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs Leicester City||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|April 9, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs Everton||Goodison Park||8:30 PM IST|
|April 16, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs Norwich City||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|April 23, 2022||Saturday||Arsenal vs Manchester United||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|April 30, 2022||Saturday||Manchester United vs Brentford||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|May 7, 2022||Saturday||Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United||AMEX Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|May 15, 2022||Sunday||Manchester United vs Chelsea||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|May 22, 2022||Sunday||Crystal Palace vs Manchester United||Selhurst Park||9:30 PM IST|
Manchester United: Squad for EPL 2021-22
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Lee Grant
Defenders: Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard, Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Hannibal Mejbri
Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Shola Shoretire
Manchester United had brought back Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus in the summer which re-energised their pursuit for the Premier League. They also signed Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in an attempt to boost their Premier League title credentials.
The likes of Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot have emerged as new stars as they have been regular in the side. Anthony Elanga and Hannibal Mejbri have also been promoted to the first team and they are likely to be utilised more often.
MUFC: Interesting EPL stats
Manchester United have won three consecutive titles on two occasions. No other teams have managed to achieve that. They also accumulated the most number of points (55) at their home jointly with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
In the 1996-97 season, they amassed just 75 points on their way to winning the league. This is the lowest point ever by a title-winning team in a single season. They also have the most number of wins (697) in the Premier League.
They jointly hold the record of most home (18) wins in a season alongside Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. in the season 2010-11 and 2017-18, the Red Devils have defeated all of their league opponents at least once.
They also didn’t lose a match at their home in 1995-96, 1999-2000 and 2010-11 season. They also were on a 29 matches unbeaten run in away matches from 17 February 2020 to 16 October 2021.
They also had the record of drawing the most number of games both at home and away. They conceded just 4 goals at home in the 1994-95 season which is still a record. Manchester United have scored the most number of goals(2163) in the Premier League so far.
Manchester United have been one of the footballing giants on English soil and Liverpool are considered to be their biggest rival. The Reds have dominated their archrivals on recent occasions but overall the Red Devils do have an edge over Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Head to Head
Since Manchester City’s emergence in the last few seasons, they have appeared as United’s one of main rivals. The arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium has witnessed some exciting Manchester derby over the years. From Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick to City’s 6-1 hammering of United, it has everything that a good fixture should have. The English champions have had their fair share of successes over United in the last couple of seasons but overall United do have an edge over their city rivals.
Road Ahead for MUFC
Manchester United have had their successes on the pitch but in recent years they haven’t been able to enjoy much. They have failed to lift the Premier League title since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Red Devils.
But apart from their on-field activities, they have managed to put together a profitable entity so far. The Red Devils signed a humongous kit deal with Adidas worth £750m back in 2015 which is still in place.
They also roped in Teamviewer as their principal shirt sponsor in a five-year deal which is believed to be the highest sponsorship deal in the English Premier League. Revenues are flowing from all sides but if they failed to nail a Champions League spot for two consecutive years they are set to lose a chunk of their kit sponsorship deal as it stands.
United supporters have shown their outrage since the takeover by Glazers and the protests have become very vocal in recent days. Their involvement with the European Super League angered the protests and the owners were forced to issue an apology.
The Red Devils are eyeing some high profile signings in a bid to strengthen their team in the summer and a number of players are already on their wishlist as it seems.
With both Manchester City and Liverpool steaming way ahead of them, United’s foremost aim would be to stamp their authority once again in the Premier League as soon as possible. The Red Devils are going to appoint a full time manager in the summer as it stands and will launch a fresh bid for the English Premier League title. It has been a few years since they lifted the coveted trophy and there is already a lot of gap to bridge between them and Manchester City and Liverpool.
United have struggled to replace Sir Alex Ferguson since he got retired. The Scottish manager handpicked David Moyes to succeed him at Old Trafford but the former Everton manager couldn’t live up to the expectations and his United career ended prematurely. A number of managers arrived at the club including Jose Mourinho but none of them managed to stable the ship.