Following an eighth-place finish in the and a poor start to the , Busby was persuaded to temporarily resume managerial duties, and McGuinness returned to his position as reserve team coach. Despite a second-place finish in , the club was back in 11th place the following season. External links Wikiquote has quotations related to: Wikinews has news related to:. In , after 13 wins and two draws in its first 15 matches, the club was favourite to win the league, but finished in fourth place. Rivalries Main articles: , , , and Manchester United has rivalries with , , , and , against whom they contest the. Although attendances were not recorded for many of the earliest matches at North Road, the highest documented attendance was approximately 15,000 for a First Division match against on 4 March 1893. Ground Capacity 74,879 Owner : Co-chairmen and Manager caretaker League , 2nd of 20 Website Manchester United Football Club, commonly known as Man United, or simply United, is a professional club based in , Greater Manchester, , that competes in the , the top flight of.
Following the league's dissolution after only one season, Newton Heath joined the newly formed , which ran for three seasons before being merged with the Football League. Despite not finishing in the top four, United qualified for the through their Europa League win. Docherty saved Manchester United from relegation that season, only to see them relegated in 1974; by that time the trio of Best, Law, and Charlton had left the club. Vodafone agreed to pay £36 million to extend the deal by four years, but after two seasons triggered a break clause in order to concentrate on its sponsorship of the Champions League. Former United player and manager of the Norwegian side was appointed caretaker manager the next day.
In Fort, Rodney; Fizel, John. Exceptions include a green-and-gold halved shirt worn between 1992 and 1994, a blue-and-white striped shirt worn during the 1994—95 and 1995—96 seasons and once in 1996—97, an all-black kit worn during the Treble-winning 1998—99 season, and a white shirt with black-and-red horizontal pinstripes worn between 2003—04 and 2005—06. The following season, with the club in danger of relegation by November, Atkinson was dismissed. International Cases in the Business of Sport. United have also won three , one , one , one , one and one. The club's focus on commercial and sporting success brought significant profits in an industry often characterised by chronic losses. The club takes advantage of this support through its worldwide summer tours.
With titles domestically and in Europe, they also have one of the biggest fan bases on the planet, boasting a wealth of international support. The contract for the training kit sponsorship was then sold to Aon in April 2013 for a deal worth £180 million over eight years, which also included purchasing the naming rights for the. The Manchester United board accepted a £623 million offer, but the takeover was blocked by the at the final hurdle in April 1999. Additionally, Manchester United-branded media services — such as the club's dedicated television channel, — have allowed the club to expand its fan base to those beyond the reach of its Old Trafford stadium. Media tycoon attempted to buy the club in 1984, but did not meet Edwards' asking price. Since the start of the 2015—16 season, Adidas has manufactured Manchester United's kit as part of a world-record 10-year deal worth a minimum of £750 million. The reason for dropping it being that the players claimed to have trouble finding their teammates against the crowd, United failed to win a competitive game in the kit.
The club regained the Premier League in the 2006—07 and 2007—08 seasons, and completed the by beating Chelsea 6—5 on penalties in the in Moscow's. The record was pushed steadily upwards before reaching its peak on 31 March 2007, when 76,098 spectators saw Manchester United beat 4—1, with just 114 seats 0. The club is ranked third in the Deloitte Football Money League behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. In 1922, three years after the resumption of football following the First World War, the club was relegated to the Second Division, where it remained until regaining promotion in 1925. With 33 titles between them 20 for Manchester United, 13 for Arsenal this fixture has become known as one of the finest Premier League match-ups in history.
Archived from on 21 August 2018. Archived from on 14 August 2011. Archived from on 3 March 2010. Relegated again in 1931, Manchester United became a , achieving its all-time lowest position of 20th place in the Second Division in 1934. For a period in 1934, the cherry and white hooped change shirt became the home colours, but the following season the red shirt was recalled after the club's lowest ever league placing of 20th in the Second Division and the hooped shirt dropped back to being the change.
The team finished third in , before regaining the title in. As the second English football club to float on the London Stock Exchange in 1991, the club raised significant capital, with which it further developed its commercial strategy. Archived from on 25 April 2013. Archived from on 9 December 2010. Archived from on 16 February 2016. These include an all-black strip with blue and gold trimmings between 1993 and 1995, the navy blue shirt with silver horizontal pinstripes worn during the 1999—2000 season, and the 2011—12 away kit, which had a royal blue body and sleeves with hoops made of small midnight navy blue and black stripes, with black shorts and blue socks.
Manchester United has also consistently enjoyed the highest commercial income of any English club; in 2005—06, the club's commercial arm generated £51 million, compared to £42. To commence at the start of the 2006—07 season, American insurance corporation agreed a four-year £56. The stadium's record attendance was registered on 25 March 1939, when an semi-final between and drew 76,962 spectators. In 2009, reorganisation of the seating resulted in a reduction of capacity by 255 to 75,957. From 2006—07 to 2013—14, the third kit was the previous season's away kit, albeit updated with the new club sponsor in 2006—07 and 2010—11, apart from 2008—09 when an all-blue kit was launch to mark the 40th anniversary of the success. The Political Economy of Football.
Following financial investment, new club president John Henry Davies paid £500 for the erection of a new 1,000-seat stand at Bank Street. The following season, they finished second in the league, then won the title in 1965 and 1967. In 1902, majority ownership passed to the four local businessmen who invested £500 to save the club from bankruptcy, including future club president John Henry Davies. He was replaced by , who immediately broke the British record transfer fee to sign from. The strength of the Manchester United brand was bolstered by intense off-the-field media attention to individual players, most notably David Beckham who quickly developed his own global brand. Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football clubs in the world, and has rivalries with , , , and. Famous faces such as Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Wayne Rooney have all played for the club.
In December 2008, the club won the and followed this with the , and its third successive Premier League title. Plumbing products manufacturer became the club's first sleeve sponsor ahead of the 2018—19 season. United also became the sole British club to win the Intercontinental Cup, in. A few years later, a power struggle emerged between the club's manager, Alex Ferguson, and his horse-racing partners, and , who had gradually become the majority shareholders. In July 2006, the club announced a £660 million debt refinancing package, resulting in a 30 per cent reduction in annual interest payments to £62 million a year.