Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stretford, greater Manchester. Was founded in 1878, under the name Newton Heath (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway), in 1902, changed its name to Manchester United. One of the most popular football clubs in the world. One of the founding clubs of the FA Premier League in 1992, Manchester United's home ground, Old Trafford, was opened in 1910. It is the largest after Wembley football stadium in England and holds around 76 k. fans.
Manchester United is one of the most successful English clubs by number of titles in history, and for the last 20 years is the most successful Club in England, winning major trophies with 27 November 1986, when the team was headed by Sir Alex Ferguson. In season 2010/11 Manchester United won the League title in a record 19 times, ahead of the Liverpool.
Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating the Portuguese Benfica won 4:1. In 1999, the club won for the second time a major European club trophy victory over Bayern Munich in the final with a score 2:1. In 2008, Manchester United won the Champions League against Chelsea London. In addition, the Club holds the record for the number of won FA Cups (11 Wins).
Currently, the Club is one of the three football clubs with the highest income groups. In April 2012, Forbes magazine valued the Club at $2,235 billion.
Head coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, who was appointed to the post after the resignation of Ron November 6, 1986, Atkinson. Current club captain, Nemanja Vidic, who in February 2011, fulfilling career of Gary Neville.
In the first season under the guidance of Alex Ferguson's Manchester United finished the Championship at the 11-th place. In the 1987/88 season the club finished second, but was unable to repeat this success in the following season. In early 1990, Ferguson was on the verge of resignation due to a long series of matches without a win.
However, the team's successful performance in the FA Cup, culminating in victory in the finals over Crystal Palace, retained the Ferguson coaching post. In the 1990/91 season the Club reached the final of the League Cup, where the Club lost to Ron Atkinson's Sheffield Wednesday.
Manchester United is the most popular Football Club in the world with the highest attendance home matches among all European clubs. Fan clubs network includes more than 200 officially recognized branches of Manchester United Supporters Club (MUSC DOES), located in 24 countries around the world. To maintain the Club regularly travels around the world as part of pre-season training.
According to Deloitte, Manchester United's 75 million fans worldwide while according to other estimates, the figure was 333 million fans. In 38 out of 45 last seasons Championship of England, beginning with the 1964/65 season, the average attendance at home matches, the Club was the highest among all football clubs in England.