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Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Recent, UEFA Champions League 2013, World | 0 comments

2013 UEFA Champions League: Manchester United FC

2013 UEFA Champions League: Manchester United FC

 

 Glory, glory Man United

Glory, glory Man United

Glory, glory Man United

And the Reds go marching on!

History

Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath Lancaster and Yorkshire Railway (LYR) Football Club. The Carriage and Wagon Department founded the team and they initially played other departments and rail companies. The club was run into debt and took four local businessmen to come in and invest in the club to save it. At that point in 1902 the name was changed to Manchester United.

In the late 1940s and into the 1950s team manager Matt Busby led United to becoming a giant in English football. The 1952 league title was the first in 41 years and the back to back titles in 1955/56 featured an average age of 22 years old. Despite the objections of The Football League, Busby led his “babes” to compete in the European Cup, the first English side to do so. The 1958 European Cup campaign is one that United fans will never forget. On the journey home from a game against Red Stat Belgrade stopped to refuel in Munich, Germany. Trying to take off again the plane crashed, killing 23, 8 of them players.

In recent years United has been known for their success under manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Since arriving in 1986, Sir Alex has led the Red Devils to  trophies; 10 Community Shields, 12 Premiership Titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups,and 2 Champions League titles, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup. Those trophies have also come in batches including 3 League and FA Cup doubles, 1 League and League Cup double, 2 European Cup and League doubles, and most impressively “The Treble” in 1998-99 when Manchester United won the League, FA Cup, and European Cup.

Concerns over the clubs ownership and debts have been met with fan protests over the last 4 or 5 seasons. Supporters have shown their distrust and dislike for the ownership group by wearing green and gold to games, the colors of Newton Heath. A group of wealthy fans, nicknamed the “Red Knights” even planned to try and buy the club, which never happened.

Facts:

  • Location: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • Capacity: 75,765
  • How they got here: Built in 1909 for 90,000 pounds
  • UEFA Coefficient: 3rd

Championships

International:

  • Intercontinental Cup: 1 (’99)
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 1 (’08)
  • European Cub/UEFA Champions League: 3 (’67-68, ’98-99, ’07-08)
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1 (’90-91)
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1 (’91)

Domestic:

  • First Division/Premier League: 19 (’07-08, ’10-11, ’51-52, ’55-56, ’56-57, ’64-65, ’66-67, ’92-93, ’93-94, ’95-96, ’96-97, ’98-99, ’99-00, ’00-01, ’02-03, ’06-07, ’07-08, ’08-09, ’10-11)
  • Second Division: 2 (’35-36, ’74-75)
  • FA Cup: 11 (’08-09, ’47-48, ’62-63, ’76-77, ’82-83, ’84-85, ’89-90, ’93-94, ’95-96, ’98-99, ’03-04)
  • League Cup: 4 (’91-92, ’05-06, ’08-09, ’09-10)
  • FA Charity/Community Shield: 19 (15 outright, 4 shared) (’08, ’11, ’52, ’56, ’57, ’65*, ’67*, ’77*, ’83, ’90*, ’93, ’94, ’96, ’97, ’03, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’11 (*=shared)

 Players to Know

  •  Wayne Rooney: The face of the current Manchester United roster. He is an England international and ranked as one of the best strikers in the world. Currently he has scored 7 league goals and 1 in the Champions League.
  • Robin van Persie: Making the switch from Arsenal red to Manchester red in the offseason, the Dutch striker made many enemies in the capital. His play with United though has made him many friends in his new city. In the league he has 12 goals, none bigger than his injury time winner against cross town rivals, Manchester City. He has also added two in the Champions League.
  • Javier Hernandez: The Mexican striker has continued his impressive role as Super Sub and spot starter. In limited minutes this season he has 5 league goals, 1 League cup goal, and 3 in the Champions League.
  • Paul Scholes/Ryan Giggs: The two long time United greats have turned back the hands of time and have been making contributions on and off the field since the early 90s. Despite not being the first choice at their positions they are finding time on the field and still adding a goal here or there.
  • Rio Ferdinand: The center back position has been hard hit by injuries this year and the aging England international has had to play a key role. It is impressive that even with so many injuries to the young center backs that were brought in as a sort of changing of the guard, that Ferdinand, who has been left out of the England squad probably for good, has been able to continue playing at such a high level to fill the gap that he was seen to be creating.

Manchester United vs Real Madrid

First Leg:   February 13, 2013

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid - 2:45 ET 

Second Leg:    March 5, 2013

Old Trafford, Manchester - 2:45 ET