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When Manchester United last won the Premier League title back in 2013, the win set a record for the most English top-flight football titles with 20. This came 135 years following the formation of Manchester United in the heart of the city.

Manchester United: The Formation

The Westmorland Gazette:

Unlike some club in Spain like Atletico Madrid, when the club was formed in 1878 they weren’t known as Manchester United nor did they play at Old Trafford. The club’s original name was Newton Heath LYR Football Club. It was formed by the Carriage and Wagon section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Newton Heath was greatly different than the Manchester United we know today. One major difference was that they wore green and gold kits.

In April 1902, the club officially changed its name to Manchester United thanks to new investors. The investment had come a few months after Newtown Heath was served with a winding up order due to debts. Had the original club been left to run out of business, Manchester United may have never been born.

Manchester United: Move to Old Trafford

In 1910, Manchester United officially moved to Old Trafford stadium. The venue took the club around six miles away from its original home and started a completely new trajectory for it. When the stadium opened in February of that year, Old Trafford held around 80,000 supporters.

The Westmorland Gazette:

Due to destruction caused during World War II, Old Trafford suffered and was rebuilt following the war’s conclusion. As the 1940s ended, Old Trafford reopened to the public and football resumed on the pitch of “The Theatre of Dreams”. Each subsequent decade saw the stadium expanded upon.

The Taylor Report on stadium safety - published in 1990 - declared all English top-flight teams must have all-seater stadia. Old Trafford was reduced to a capacity 44,000 in 1992 to accommodate supporters with seats. Continued renovations and add-ons to Old Trafford have raised its current capacity to more than 75,000.

Manchester United: The titles

Manchester United won their first top-flight football title in 1907-08. It wouldn’t be until the 1950s under enigmatic manager Matt Busby and his “Busby Babes” that the Red Devils truly became the top team in England.

The 1958 Munich Air Disaster ended the club’s dominance of the decade. Busby rebuilt the club and in 1965, claimed Manchester United’s first title in seven seasons. Despite the win with the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton, and Denis Law, Manchester United were unable to continue their dominance into the 1970s and 1980s. Those decades saw the Red Devils decline as archrivals Liverpool ascended to the top of English football.

The Westmorland Gazette:

Nineteen years after the Red Devils’ last top-flight title win, Sir Alex Ferguson arrived at the club as manager. The Scotsman had won three Scottish Premier League titles, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup. Despite failing to bring a league title to Old Trafford in 1993, Ferguson weathered the storm of being Manchester United manager thanks to the 1989-90 FA Cup. On the verge of being sacked, Ferguson bought himself some time, and turned his reprieve into the greatest managerial reign in English football history. Those victories also made the pleasure of thousands of online punters, on websites such as Genting for example.

Manchester United are a footballing institution. Although the club is still looking for its first league title since Ferguson’s retirement, it is still one of the biggest clubs in the world today even though Jose Mourinho’s management is getting more and more criticized. Manchester United may not be winning titles, but it still regularly tops Forbes’ Richest Football Club List.