The club is the second most successful in English football history, and by far the most successful in modern times, having won 20 major titles since Alex Ferguson's appointment as manager in November 1986. We are still the most despised team in the world, with 333 million supporters, but do we care? Not really. We're Man U.
The Old Trafford outfit has been referred to as the most successful sports franchise of all time, and with good reason. They have won more trophies than any other team, including UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid. However, despite their success, the club is not popular among fans or media members; instead, they are widely regarded as greedy, arrogant, and disruptive to competition.
United have received criticism from all levels of football for their perceived excessive spending on players' wages, with some claims putting their annual revenue at $750 million. This makes them the fourth most profitable sports team in the world after Apple, Nike, and Coca-Cola.
However, unlike many other famous brands that spend millions on advertising campaigns, most fans know little about the owners or the inner workings of the club. He is a billionaire, she is a billionaire, so what do they know anyway?
In fact, the majority of people working at Man United are not paid anything close to what you'd expect from employees of a big company.
We have won a record 20 English League crowns, a record 12 FA Cups, four League Cups, three European Champions Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup, making us one of England's most successful clubs. Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager at the end of the 2012/13 season. His last game in charge was a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
United were originally called Newton Heath until 1895 when they changed their name to Man United after the local railway company refused to grant them a license for two other clubs already registered in Manchester: Newton Heath FC and Anfield Road Club. The latter two clubs merged to form Manchester City in 1880 but they were rejected by Newton Heath's owner because he didn't want two rugby teams in his club. So he decided to change the name to Man United.
Newton Heath went on to have great success under the management of George Owen and William Parr, who helped the team win the First Division title in 1892/93 and 1893/94 respectively. In 1898, the club moved into a new ground called Old Trafford which has been its home since then. By this time, it had become clear that there was no way Newton Heath could continue without breaking even so they merged with city rivals Manchester City to form Manchester United in 1902. In 2003, United split from City again by buying out the shares held by Mr. Malcolm Glazer for £47 million.
Why do so many football fans despise Manchester City? They won the league despite spending a lot of money. People will argue they are despised because they spend money, but that is not the case. If they were good at playing football, then maybe they would be accepted by more people, but since they are always first or second in the table, they get criticized.
City have always been successful - they have 50 championships to their name - but that hasn't stopped them from attracting criticism from all angles. From players to supporters, no one has been happy with how they have operated over the years.
They have a huge following in China, where they play in the Chinese Super League, but that doesn't seem to have helped them gain acceptance anywhere else.
In 2008, after winning the league again, they spent almost £150 million on eight new players. Three of those players (Kolo Toure, Yaya Touré, and David Silva) ended up being named players of the year while another four made appearances in the UEFA Champions League. In other words, City spent big money on players who were expected to help them win trophies even though they already had someone who was supposed to be better at playing football than anyone else.
People just don't like them because they're rich and successful.
These clubs each have fewer than 500,000 online supporters (less than 0.75 percent of Manchester United's total). It will always be difficult for these teams to compete with the more popular clubs, but the longer they stay in the Premier League and grow their fan base, the simpler it will get. Manchester United was launched in October 1945 by an American named Charles M. Phelps Jr., who wanted to create a club that would represent all of Britain. He chose the name after the first royal city of England.
Phelps sold Manchester United to The Ole & Thum Company in 1973 and it has been owned by the Glazer family since 2005. The club currently plays in the Premier League, which is the highest level of English football. Its home ground is Old Trafford, located in Greater Manchester.
The team has won the FA Cup twice and the Europa League once. This year they have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
United's average league attendance last season was 76,828, which was third lowest in the Premier League. However, they did set a new record when they received their half-millionth ticket sale at Old Trafford. The club has also announced plans to build a new stadium that will be able to hold 75,000 people. The project is expected to be completed by 2024.
I actually like Liverpool fans—some of my best friends are Liverpool fans!! —but I've seen enough bad Liverpool fans from Brockley alone in a pub, shouting along to "You'll Never Walk Alone," faking their way through Scouse-by-numbers rivalries, and wearing bad jackets to move them any further down the list. Sunderland is 16th.
Of course, the Premier League team with the largest and widest-reaching fan base is Manchester United. In 2012, the Telegraph reported that, according to a survey, United had doubled their fan base during a five-year period—amassing an incredible 659 million fans. The survey, commissioned by the Manchester club, aims to
United is more than simply a football club in England; it is a worldwide brand. Manchester United is often regarded as the most powerful football club in the world, not least in terms of financial resources.
Currently, Manchester United has the highest average attendance of any professional sports team in the UK and is the fourth highest in the world. The club has also achieved the highest revenue of any professional football club in the world.
United was founded as Newton's Football Club on 5 January 1863 by William Morris and some of his friends at the Hotel Newton in St Mary's Church Street, later renamed Old Trafford. The first match was played between United and another club called Newton's Inn with an approximate crowd size of 300 people. Although neither team won that first game, it is believed that United won the next five games to become the first football club in the world.
Newton's FC was one of many local football clubs that sprung up in response to the "football craze" that had hit the city. It is estimated that there were more than 100 such teams playing in Manchester around this time. The original team disbanded after only producing one official result from its first season.