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Manchester United is the greatest club in the world. Yes, some people might want to throw some arguments here and there about Real Madrid, Barcelona or Liverpool, but this is a fact. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a football fan or not, Manchester United is a club you surely have heard of. Manchester United is also the most celebrated football club in the game’s history. It is also the most successful club in the Premier League history. One thing that has kept United unparalleled at the top is the love that the fans have for the club. The fans have stood together supporting the club making them one of the most special groups of supporters in the game’s history. You remember the traumatising moments post-Fergie era, the fans stuck to it, unlike other fans who kept changing teams. As a result, I will not include the fans on the list of what makes the club great because fans are a constant.
Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club, the club’s name was later changed to what today is known as Manchester United. On 24 April 1902, Manchester United entered the footballing world and won their first league title in 1908. Nicknamed “the Red Devils”, United are a club that is over 100 years old with Old Trafford as its home. The Red Devils also endured some horrifying incidents, for example, the 1958 “The Munich Air Disaster” – the crash destroyed the nucleus of what promised to be one of the greatest generation of players in English football history. Despite the tragedy, under Sir Matt Busby, United came back even stronger to become the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968. In the 90s and 00s, under Sir Alex Ferguson, United achieved the glory that transformed the club into the biggest name in world football. In the 1998–99 season, Manchester United entered the history books again by becoming the first ever English team to win the Treble. Read that again.
Manchester United’s heritage holds a much higher ground than all other European Heavyweights because of their proud tradition of bringing through home-grown players. A record that pays testament to a club that has never been afraid of placing its faith in youth, United have had a graduate from their youth academy in every single match day squad since October 30 1937. Manchester United can be referred to as a fairytale football club with both riches and fans. It is a household name in so many countries making it not just one of the best but the greatest club in the world. I will receive arguments in form of independent blog posts, stating clearly why you think I am not right.