Saturday, July 7, 2007

Know Your club - Manchester United

Manchester United F.C.
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Manchester United
Manchester United's emblem
Full name Manchester United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Red Devils, Man United
Founded 1878, as Newton Heath L&YR F.C.
Ground Old Trafford
Capacity 76,312
Chairman Flag of United States Joel & Avram Glazer
Manager Flag of Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson
League Premier League
2006–07 Premier League, 1st

Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide.[1][2] The club is one of the most successful in English football. They have been the most successful English club over the last 20 years, having won 18 major honours starting from the 1986-1987 season.[3] They are the Premier League's reigning champions, and have now won the Premier League/Football League on a total of 16 occasions. In 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating S.L. Benfica 4–1. They have since won a second European Cup in 1999, and they also hold the record for the most FA Cup titles with 11.

The club has had the highest average attendance in English football in all but six seasons since 1964-65.[4] In the late 1990s and early 2000s the club were world leaders in revenue. As of 2007, they have the fourth largest turnover in club football.[5] Manchester United is a founding member of the G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs.

The current manager of Manchester United is Sir Alex Ferguson, who has held the position since 6 November 1986. The current club captain is Gary Neville, who succeeded Roy Keane in November 2005.

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