Manchester City is one of twelve English football teams to have won a European trophy, the 1969-70 Cup Winners' Cup in City's instance. The club's first foray into European play came in 1968, after winning the Football League Championship in 1967–68. They went on to win the cup competition by defeating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Stade de Gerland in Lyon. Bertie Mee's team became the first British side to beat German opposition at home in the final.
They had been beaten by Italian team Juventus in the previous year's final. This was also the only time that 1970s era champions City have failed to win at least one major international tournament. They were knocked out by Internazionale in the quarter-finals of the 1986 UEFA Cup after drawing 1-1 away and losing 2-0 at home.
So far, they have won this competition twice. In 2013-14, they defeated Bayern Munich 4-0 on aggregate in the final to claim their second title. Last season, they defeated Barcelona 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw during extra time to become the first British team to defend their title.
City have reached the semi-finals every year since their debut in 1968, with the exception of 1976 when they were banned from all European competitions due to allegations of financial irregularity made by a former employee.
The record of Manchester United in Europe* Competition Pld W D L Champions League/European Cup 276 153 66 57 31 16 9 6 Cup Winners' Cup UEFA Cup/Europa League 43 18 14 11 Inter-City Fairs Cup 11/6/3/2
How many titles has Manchester City won in the previous five years? Man City won the Football League Cup twice (in 2014 and 2016) and the Premier League once under Manuel Pellegrini (2014). They have won the Premier League twice (2019 and 2018), the League Cup four times (2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021), and the FA Cup once under Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City won the FA Cup Final in 1969, earning a spot in the 1969-70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Their debut match was against Atletico Bilbao in the Basque Country of Spain. Ronnie Allen, an Englishman, managed Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City won the Football League First Division championship for the second time in the club's history in 1967–68. They won the title with a 4-3 victory against Newcastle United on May 11, when the defending champions and closest opponents, Manchester United, lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland. In that match, Joe Mercer scored both goals for Newcastle.
Prior to this season, City had not won any league titles. They had been runner-up on five occasions, most recently in 1964–65, when they lost out to Liverpool. The club has also never reached the FA Cup final or the European Champions League group stages.
City have now won more English league championships than any other team. They are the only current major league soccer club to have never been relegated from the top flight of English football. As of 2014, they are also the only club left in England who have never been relegated.
Currently playing in the Premier League, City last dropped into non-league football in 1992. They have since then spent all but one season in the top flight of English football.
After this season's title was secured, manager Brian Clough said "We're going to enjoy this moment because it might be our last chance ever". He went on to say that if he were to do it all over again, he would have stayed in England instead of moving to Germany with Derby County.
Manchester United have drawn more league matches than any other club, with 51 of the 162 league matches between the two clubs ending in a tie. The results of matches played in the Football Alliance (from 1889 to 1892), the Football League (from 1892 to 1992), and the Premier League are all included in the records (since 1992). Matches played during the war years are not counted as official matches.
City hold the record for most FA Cups won, having won the competition five times to United's four. In European competitions, City have been crowned champions on three occasions, to United's one. However, since 2007, when United beat Chelsea in the last match at Old Trafford to complete the Premier League title win, both teams have been crowned champions simultaneously.
United won their first match against City, 1-0, at Old Trafford on 4 August 1945 in the First Division. This was before the creation of the Premier League in 1992; instead, the top division was then known as the First Division. United went on to win the league that season without losing a game.
City beat United 2-1 at Maine Road, Nottingham, on 25 October 1990 to take the lead in the league table ahead of their match against Liverpool the next day. But they lost the game 1-0 and never looked like catching the leaders.
The return leg was held at Maine Road, the home of Manchester United's local rivals Manchester City, because United's stadium, Old Trafford, did not yet have the requisite floodlights for evening games. Manchester United won the match 10-0, which remains the club's record win in all competitions.
In memory of those who perished, UEFA gave United a place in the 1958-59 European Cup, drawing them against BSC Young Boys in the preliminary round, but the Football League refused United admittance since they had not won the Football League the previous season due to the catastrophe.
Manchester United won the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup in 1999 (from left to right); the English club also won the Intercontinental Cup in 1999.
Inaugural European championship Manchester United won the 1966-67 Football League title with a game to spare against Nottingham Forest, securing their second European Cup berth in three seasons (1967-68).
Each club may claim historical superiority against the other: United has 20 league championships to Liverpool's 19, while Liverpool has six European triumphs to United's three. Manchester United leads Liverpool in overall trophies won, with 66 to 64. However, despite their historical dominance, both clubs are now joint-sixth on the list of highest-ever league finishes with four seasons.
United was founded in 1878 by the Andersson brothers - Swedish immigrants who built their business up until it became one of the world's leading manufacturers of crinoline underwear for women. The company then started playing football matches that were open to all comers and soon became known as "The White Stars" after the colored stripes they wore on each leg. In 1907, when the English league began allowing foreign players, the White Stars hired the first foreign coach, Scottish William McTaggart, who led the team to two titles before he was replaced by Tommy Burns, an Irishman who had been playing with Liverpool.
Burns brought success to Man U with him from Liverpool. He took over a team that had only lost once in the previous 26 games and went on to lead them to eight more victories. This makes him the most successful manager in the history of the club. In 1927, he also became the first manager to take charge of his team in every game of a season.