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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Manchester United Football Club Interesting Facts

Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Nicknamed "the Red Devils", the club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910. Let’s have a look at some interesting Manchester United facts:

Since the inception of the Premier League, Manchester United have accumulated 1503 points from wins - winning 86 more games than nearest rivals Arsenal.

Ryan Giggs almost signed for Man City. United grabbed from under their noses.

The famous five of Manchester United's youth academy - Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt - appeared 3038 times in total for the Red Devils.

Sir Matt Busby only bought 16 players in his 13 years in charge of United before Munich. 4 of them were Goal Keepers. He didn't buy anyone in the period between 1953-57.

The first game at Old Trafford was against Liverpool in 1910. Sadly, they won that day. United's first European game at Old Trafford was against Anderlecht, they won 10-0.

Manchester City allowed United to play their first-team games at Maine Road following bomb damage to Old Trafford during the second world war.

Wayne Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton's record as highest Manchester United goalscorer, with 250 goals in all competitions.

Despite his natural goalscoring talent and legendary status at the club, Charlton is quoted as saying that Duncan Edwards is the "only player that made me feel inferior"

Sir Matt Busby played his entire professional career for United's two greatest modern-day rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, MUFC never finished lower than 3rd in the Premier League.

The shortest runout any of MUFC players have had in one match was Chris Smalling - who played 12 seconds vs Norwich in 2012.

Ryan Giggs holds the record for most United appearances. He has played more English Premier League games than Manchester City.

Giggs also holds the record for fastest goal scored by United, netting after 15 seconds vs Southampton in 1995.

The most MUFC received for a departing player is £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo, with David Beckham second a relative bargain at £25 million.

Wayne Rooney is the highest scoring Englishman in Champions League history, a record once held by Paul Scholes.

United's top ten all-time scorers are British.

Under the management of Sir Matt Busby, Manchester United took the intimidating nickname, the ‘Red Devils’, from Salford Rugby Club, who toured France under the same name whilst also wearing red shirts.

The longest period without an Irish man in the first team is 6 months.

Old Trafford holds the record for the lowest attendance of all time. Only 13 people watched Stockport v Leicester.

By the end of the 60's, United's trio of Charlton, Law, and Best assured that the club possessed the most number of  European Player of the Year playing simultaneously in the same team.

The only United player to score a hat-trick on his League debut was someone called Charlie Sagar.

United's best ever start to a League campaign was under Ron Atkinson. With 10 wins in a row. In the year Liverpool won their double, in 1986.

During the process of choosing a new name for 'Newton Heath', the board of directors voted, obviously, for 'Manchester United'. But the second most voted name was 'Manchester Central'.

One of the most promising youth prospects of United in Ferguson's early years was someone called Russel Beardsmore. In his 2nd start for United, in 1989, away against Liverpool, he scored one goal and made two assists for Brian McClair and Mark Hughes.

Leeds United's then boss, Howard Wilkinson, had an eye on Dennis Irwin and wanted to poach him from Manchester United. During the ensuing phone call with Ferguson, he didn't get his wish. But he did end up selling Eric Cantona to United for 1 million pounds.

Everyone was used to seeing footage of David Beckham's long-range goals. But his first League goal for United, against Aston Villa, mystified both the commentator and the Villa Keeper, Mark Bosnich. They all thought it was a deflected goal, while it was just Beckham's trademark bending shot.

For the inaugural season of the Premiership in 1993, which saw United crowned champions, no medals were given to the players. In their place, miniature replicas of the Premiership trophy itself were handed out.

In United's treble-winning season (1999), Tottenham Hotspur's David Ginola won both PFA and FWA player of the season awards.

In United's double-winning season of 1996,  they spent the least amount of money in the transfer market, among all 38 clubs. They bought Tony Cotton from Manchester City.

Louis van Gaal was United's first non-British manager.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is the first German to have played for Manchester United.

Young Italian right full-back Matteo Darmian is only the second player United have signed from Torino, the only other being Denis Law.

Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, and Peter Schmeichel are the only players in the history of English football to have won doubles, with Manchester United, in 1994, 1996 and 1999.

Old Trafford has a capacity of over 75,000, making it the second-largest football stadium in the UK and the ninth-largest in all of Europe.

Manchester United is the richest football club in the world, with its total average revenue per year estimated at 738 million U.S. dollars.

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho almost signed for Man Utd in 2003.

Sir Alex almost retired in 2001.

Ronaldo wanted to leave Man Utd for Real Madrid after winning the Ballon d’ or in 2008 but stayed another season because Ferguson asked him to do so.

David Beckham was nicknamed “pretty boy” by his team-mates.

Paul Scholes once challenged Ronaldo to hit a tree which was 50 yards away. Scholes did it with his first attempt, Ronaldo couldn’t do it 6–7 tries.

Guardiola on being asked which Man Utd player he admires the most, he said “Paul Scholes”.

The football pitch at Old Trafford ends with a slope on all sides so that players don’t take long throws.

When Eric Cantona was banned for a “kung fu kick” on a fan Man Utd signed a new deal with him, extending his contract and showing their faith in him.

Sir Alex’s last chewed gum sold for 390,000 pounds on eBay!!!!

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