Manchester United Introduction Post

Aug 02, 2010 21:58

Background Information
Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at Old Trafford in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The club was a founding member of the Premier League in 1992, and has played in the top division of English football since 1938, with the exception of the 1974-75 season. Average attendances at the club have been higher than any other team in English football for all but six seasons since 1964-65.

Manchester United is one of the most successful in the history of English football and has won 22 major honours since Alex Ferguson became manager in November 1986. In 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4-1. They won a second European Cup as part of a Treble in 1999, before winning their third in 2008. The club holds the joint record for the most English league titles with 18 and also holds the record for the most FA Cup wins with 11.

Since the late 1990s, the club has been one of the richest in the world with the highest revenue of any football club, and is currently ranked as the richest and most valuable club in any sport, with an estimated value of around £1.136 billion (€1.319 billion / $1.870 billion) as of April 2009. Manchester United was a founding member of the now defunct G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs, and its replacement, the European Club Association.

Alex Ferguson has been manager of the club since 6 November 1986, joining from Aberdeen after the departure of Ron Atkinson. The current club captain is Gary Neville, who succeeded Roy Keane in November 2005.

Current Kit

Home Kit
Away Kit
Third Kit


Coaching Staff and Personnel

Name: Sir Alex Ferguson
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Manager
Joined: 1986

Name: Mike Phelan
Nationality: English
Position: Assistant Manager
Joined: 2001

Name: René Meulensteen
Nationality: Dutch
Position: First Team Coach
Joined: 2001

Name: Eric Steele
Nationality: English
Position: Goalkeeping Coach
Joined: 2008

Name: Tony Strudwick
Nationality: English
Position: Fitness Coach
Joined: 2007

Name: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Nationality: Norwegian
Position: Reserves Manager
Joined: 1996

Current Squad


Name: Edwin van der Sar
Nationality: Dutch
Joined: 2005

Name: Tomasz Kuszczak
Nationality: Polish
Joined: 2007

Name: Ben Amos
Nationality: English
Joined: 2008


Name: Gary Neville
Nationality: English
Position: Right back
Joined: 1992
Current Captain

Name: Patrice Evra
Nationality: French
Position: Left back
Joined: 2006

Name: Rio Ferdinand
Nationality: English
Position: Centre Back
Joined: 2002

Name: Wes Brown
Nationality: English
Position: Right Back/Centre Back
Joined: 1996

Name: Nemanja Vidic
Nationality: Serbian
Position: Centre Back
Joined: 2006

Name: Fabio
Nationality: Brazilian
Position: Right Back
Joined: 2008

Name: Rafael
Nationality: Brazilian
Position: Left Back
Joined: 2008

Name: John O'Shea
Nationality: Irish
Position: Full Back/ Centre Back
Joined: 1998

Name: Jonny Evans
Nationality: Northern Irish
Position: Left Back/Centre Back
Joined: 2006

Name: Chris Smalling
Nationality: English
Position: Centre Back
Joined: 2010

I left out some of the young ones because they might be going on loan.


Name: Owen Hargreaves
Nationality: English
Position: Midfielder
Joined: 2007

Name: Anderson
Nationality: Brazilian
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Joined: 2007

Name: Ryan Giggs
Nationality: Welsh
Position: Left Winger
Joined: 1990
Current Vice-Captain

Name: Park Ji-Sung
Nationality: South Korean
Position: Winger/Attacking Midfielder
Joined: 2005

Name: Michael Carrick
Nationality: English
Position: Centre Midfielder
Joined: 2006

Name: Nani
Nationality: Portuguese
Position: Winger
Joined: 2007

Name: Paul Scholes
Nationality: English
Position: Midfielder
Joined: 1994

Name: Daniel Fletcher
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Midfielder
Joined: 2001

Name: Antonio Valencia
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Position: Winger
Joined: 2009

Name: Darron Gibson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Midfielder
Joined: 2005

Name: Tom Cleverley
Nationality: English
Position: Midfielder
Joined: 2005


Name: Michael Owen
Nationality: English
Position: Striker
Joined: 2009

Name: Dimitar Berbatov
Nationality: Bulgarian
Position: Striker
Joined: 2008

Name: Wayne Rooney
Nationality: English
Position: Striker
Joined: 2004

Name: Daniel Welbeck
Nationality: English
Position: Striker
Joined: 2005

Name: Gabriel Obertan
Nationality: French
Position: Striker
Joined: 2009

Name: Federico Macheda
Nationality: Italian
Position: Striker
Joined: 2008

Name: Javier Hernandez
Nationality: Mexican
Position: Striker
Joined: 2010

Things to know

Why is bad to call Manchester United, "Man U"?

This phrase was started by rival supporters as an insult to the club. It's a straight out insult and they used to say this phrase in regards to the Munich Incident. It goes something like this:

"Man U Man U went on a plane Man U Man U never came back again"

Originally, the insult had to do something with Duncan Edwards who is one of the people that died on the Munich Incident. They used this chant as an insult to the already dead Duncan Edwards.

The chant that rival supporters used was,

"Duncan Edwards is manure, rotting in his grave, man you are manure, rotting in your grave."

I don't know about you but that song that the rival supporters makes me mad. You should never ever call Manchester United as "Man U" and what you should call it is "Man United".

A better chant than the one you saw is:


When you go anywhere, please don't call Manchester United, "Man U" for it is a disgrace.

Busby Babes

Busby Babes refers to the Manchester United team which won the League in 1955-56 having an average age of 22.

Source: Manchester United dictionary of nouns from the Bleacher Report

The phrase ‘Busby’s babes’ was first used in print in 1951. Frank Nicklin, a sub-editor at the Manchester Evening News, coined the phrase in a report on a Liverpool - Manchester United game which saw the debuts of two young Manchester United players. Thereafter, the name attached itself to the talented young players of Manchester United, developed and managed by Matt Busby. Busby himself never thought much of the phrase.

In the late 1940s, Busby concluded that Manchester United needed a youth policy. Despite some early post-war success, Busby was sure that the long-term health of the club depended on finding and developing young players. He created a network of talent scouts that toured the country looking for young footballers, and also a team of Manchester landladies who looked after them once they signed for Manchester United. In 1952 the Football Association began ‘The FA Youth Cup’. Manchester United won the competition every year for its first five years. Under the guidance of Busby and his staff, young players developed until many were ready for first-team football. In one first-team game in 1953, seven of the eleven players were under twenty-two. Manchester United won the League Championship in 1955-1956 and 1956-1957. The average age of the 1955-1956 team was just twenty-two. These ‘Busby’s babes’ were hugely talented and promised much further success. Tragically, the further success never came. The 1958 Munich air disaster decimated the ‘babes’. Eight died, two more never played again and others never played again with the same success. Manchester United continued to attract and develop young footballers. In the 1960s such players would still be referred to as ‘Busby’s babes’. But, to many, it was the wonderful 1950s team to which the description classically belonged.

To some, a true ‘Busby’s babe’ had to have been born in Manchester and raised only at Old Trafford under the direction of Matt Busby. To others, a looser definition included any talented young Manchester United footballer inspired by Matt Busby to play stylish, attacking football.

Source: Busby Babes from AboutManUtd

Busby Babes Squad

Roger Byrne
Mark Jones
Duncan Edwards

Tommy Taylor
Eddie Colman
Liam Whelan

David Pegg
Geoff Bent
Bill Foulkes

Harry Gregg
Johnny Berry
Jackie Blanchflower

Bobby Charlton
Ken Morgans
Albert Scanlon

Dennis Viollet
Ray Wood

Munich Air Disaster

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The original newscast that was aired after the Munich Incident

It is fair to say that this disaster not only affected Manchester United but changed the landscape of English football and society. Football was until then a working class game and it was far from developing into the magnitude of a national sport - however, the aircrash galvanized friends and foes alike. Even neutrals who had no interest in soccer began following the fortunes of United and willed them to win.

The Busby Babes, nicknamed after manager Matt Busby and because they were so young (in their early twenties), brought United the championships in England in 1956 and 1957. They were on the brink of superstardom by being first team to conquer Europe.

However, fate dealt a cruel hand on 6th February 1958. The team had drawn 3-3 with Red Star Belgrade to reach the European Cup’s semi-finals. While on a refueling stop in Germany, the British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush covered runway at Munich Airport. In all, 23 people were killed in the crash.

If the Busby Babes had gone on to achieve success in Europe, it will have been the glory of Manchester United alone. Certainly, it will not have captured the world’s imagination and catapulted United into one of the most supported clubs today. A blessing in disguise, if you want.

The spirit of Matt Busby lives on. It symbolizes fortitude in the face of harsh adversity. Here was a man who was badly injured and twice given the last rites but he recovered and went on to rebuild the team. In 1968 United became the first English club to win the European Cup. They also won the FA Cup five years after the crash and the league title in 1965 and 1967.

What makes Busby so special, to create a championship team twice in a row, the second time almost starting from ground zero?

Nobby Stiles, an Old Trafford apprentice at the time of the crash, recalled Busby’s crowning glory at Wembley in 1968. “He told us to go out and play and entertain. That’s how we were brought up. It’s the Manchester United way,” said Stiles.

The focus on youth is the right direction for an average footballing club to elevate into the stratosphere of elites. Not the sugar daddy style of injecting endless amount of money to buy success. Bobby Charlton said: “Busby’s ambition was to get young players, get local players if he possibly could, because he wanted to instill in them something which was the introduction of the Busby Babes.

“He played 16 and 17-year-old players in the hardest league in the world and everyone thought he was stupid. But he wasn’t stupid.”

Charlton himself is a living legend, so when he says something, we listen. He survived the crash, went on to win the World Cup with England in 1966 and the European Cup with United in 1968. Having been named European footballer of the year in 1966, he was knighted and is arguably England’s most famous footballer.

Source: Busby Babes Munich Disaster 50th Anniversary from SoccerNet Live

On 6 February 1958, in Munich, an airplane carrying the Manchester United football team crashed on take-off. Twenty-three people died, including eight players.

The team was returning from a European Cup match. The recently created European Cup invited winners of the domestic leagues to compete against each other. Having won the English League in 1955-1956 and 1956-1957, Manchester United received successive invitations. Despite discouragement from the English League, the club accepted both. In its first season, the team reached the semi-finals. In its second, the team had to travel to what was then Yugoslavia to play a quarter-final away leg against Red Star Belgrade. Having won the first leg 2-1 at Old Trafford, a 3-3 draw in Belgrade was sufficient to reach a second successive European semi-final.

For the trip to Belgrade, the club chartered a British European Airways, Airspeed AS-57 Ambassador. Forty-four passengers and crew were on board for the return journey. After re-fuelling at Munich’s Riem Airport, and as the snow fell, the airplane made two abortive attempts to take-off. On the third attempt, at four minutes past three, the airplane left the runway, hit a nearby house and burst into flames. Twenty-three died, including players Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan. Club officials and journalists also perished. The manager, Matt Busby, was seriously injured and remained in hospital in Germany for several weeks. Despite an initial suggestion of pilot error, it was eventually concluded that the accident was caused by slush on the runway.

The football world was shocked. Manchester became a city in mourning. Manchester United’s assistant manager, Jimmy Murphy, who had missed the trip, took charge. A patched-up team completed the 1957-1958 season, even reaching the FA Cup Final. For the 1958-1959 season, Matt Busby was well enough to return.

The Munich air disaster is a tragic part of the Manchester United story. Lives were lost and ruined. Careers were abruptly ended. An immensely talented young side, ‘Busby's babes’, was never able to realise its full potential. Sadness and sympathy drew many to Manchester United’s cause. Ten years later, Busby’s side, including Munich survivors Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes, finally won the European Cup. The first English team to enter it, eventually became the first English team to win it.

At Old Trafford are a number of memorials to those who died, including one unveiled on 6 February 2008 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the disaster. This is located beneath the South Stand in what has been re-named the ’Munich Tunnel’. The fiftieth anniversary was also marked by silences, services and events.

Source: Munich Air Disaster from AboutManUtd

The Chants

City's going down with a billion in the bank

City's going down with a billion in the bank, a billion in the bank, a billion in the bank.
They're going down, They're going down,
They're going down, They're going down,
They're going down, They're going down,
They're going down, They're going down,
They're going down,
City's going down with a billion in the bank, a billion in the bank, a billion in the bank.


Video: Youtube Link


He's Better than Kleberson,
He's our midfield magician,
To the Left,
To the Right,
To That Samba Beat Tonight,
He is Class With a Brass,
And He Shits on Fabregas.

Video: Youtube Link

12 Days of Cantona

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
12 Cantonas,
11 Cantonas,
10 Cantonas,
9 Cantonas,
8 Cantonas,
7 Cantonas,
6 Cantonas,
5 Can-tooo-naaaaaas,
4 Cantonas,
3 Cantonas,
2 Cantonas,
and an Eric Cantona

Video: Youtube Link

The Legends

Sir Alex Ferguson
Roy Keane
Bryan Robson

Sir Bobby Charlton
Ryan Giggs
Eric Cantona

Duncan Edwards
Denis Law
Sir Matt Busby

George Best
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Paul Scholes

Steve Bruce
Gary Neville
Mark Hughes

Brian Kidd
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Peter Schmeichel

David Beckham
Wayne Rooney
Brian McClair

Nicky Butt
Phil Neville
Cristiano Ronaldo

The Honors


      Barclay's Premier League

    • Winner: 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009
    • Runner Up: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1959, 1964, 1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2006, 2010
    • Third Placed: 1976, 1982, 1983, 2002, 2004, 2005
      English FA Cup

    • Winner: 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
    • Runner Up: 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2007
      npower Championship League

    • Winner: 1936, 1975
    • Runner Up: 1906, 1925, 1938
    • Third Placed: 1904, 1905
      English League Cup

    • Winner: 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010
    • Runner Up: 1983, 1991, 1994, 2003
      English Community Shield

    • Winner: 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008
    • Runner Up: 1948, 1963, 1977, 1985, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009
    European and International

      UEFA Championship League

    • Winner: 1968, 1999, 2008
    • Runner Up: 2009
      UEFA Super Cup

    • Winners: 1991
    • Runners Up: 1999, 2008
      Club World Championship

    • Winner: 2008
      Intercontinental Cup

    • Winner: 1999
    • Runner Up: 1968

The Moments

Manchester United vs Barcelona - ECWC Quarter Final 2nd Leg 1984
Manchester United vs AS Roma - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg 2007
Manchester United vs Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Final 1999

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Manchester United vs Fenerbahçe - UEFA Champions League Group Stage 2004-2005
Manchester United vs Fulham - Barclays Premier League 2006-2007
Manchester United vs Leicester City - English FA Cup Final 1963

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Manchester United vs Real Madrid - European Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg 1957
Manchester United vs Aston Villa - English FA Cup Final 1957
Manchester United vs Tottenham - Barclays Premier League 2001

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Manchester United vs Liverpool - English FA Cup Final 1977
Manchester United vs Arsenal - English League Cup 4th Round 1990
Manchester United vs Arsenal - English FA Cup Semi-Final 1999

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Manchester United vs Arsenal - Barclays Premier League 2004-2005
Duncan Edwards - Matt Busby and Sir Bobby Charlton
Manchester United vs Juventus - UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg 1999

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Farewell to Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Return of Roy Keane
Manchester United vs Liverpool - English FA Cup Semi-Final Reply 1985
Manchester United vs Liverpool - Barclays Premier League 1988-1989

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Manchester United vs Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Final 2008 (Highlights)
Manchester United vs Panathinaikos - UEFA Champions League Group Stage 2000-2001
Manchester United vs Liverpool - English FA Cup Final 1996

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Source: MYSELF, my FM10, and Wikipedia
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