Shameful or not, I started watching soccer when I was a kid and well, you might not even want to call it “soccer”. There was a cartoon on Animax which caught my childhood fancy and I watched every single episode without a miss. Yes, it was about soccer. In my tweenage years, I went through my phase of copying my elder brother (as every younger sibling does. Or maybe it was just me.) in the most random of all things. His favourite colour became my favourite colour. His favourite food, mine. His TV show. His hobbies. His everything. I WANTED TO BE EXACTLY LIKE HIM. Yes, I was the most irritating prick as there could ever be. But inevitably, I welcomed his love for Manchester United as my own. And hey, I’m glad I did!
As I gradually grew up, watching all seasons, cheering every time they scored, the ups-and-downs accompanied with the mini heart attacks and a-teenage-crush-on-Rooney later, I knew it was real. It felt right. RED DEVILS all the way!
Manchester United is an English football club, based in Old Trafford, Manchester. They have won more trophies than any other team in English football, which includes 20 League titles , 11 FA Cups , 4 League cups , 20 FA Community Shields , 3 European Cups , 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup , 1 UEFA Super Cup , 1 International Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
Phew! That’s A LOT !!
No wonder they are one of the most widely supported football teams in the world.
Manchester United was originally formed by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company in 1878 as the ‘Newton Health LYR Football Club’. On 24th April 1902, ‘Manchester United’ was officially born. Over the years, nurtured by A. H. Albut, Ernest Mangnall, Jack Robson, Walter Crickmer, Matt Busby (Ah! The Busby Babes! ), Tommy Dochetry, Wilf McGuiness, Dave Sexton, Ron Atkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, Manchester United is what it is today.
Manchester United has been described as a global brand. In January 2013, the club became the first sports team in the world to be valued at $3 billion. The core strength of Manchester United’s global brand is mostly attributed to Matt Busby’s rebuilding of the team and the subsequent success following the Munich air disaster. Beckham’s popularity across Asia, during his time at the club, was integral to the club’s commercial success in that part of the world.
Manchester United is reputed to have one of the highest average home attendances in Europe. The club’s online fan base includes more than 200 officially recognized branches of the Manchester united supporters club (MUSC), in at least 24 countries. It has been estimated that Manchester United has over 75 million fans worldwide.
It is the most popular football club in the whole wide world.