Despite Ferguson’s eventual success with United he did not have an illustrious start to his career as United manager. In 1998/99 United would complete an incredible achievement by winning the “treble”, the FA Cup, Premier League ( formerly the first division ) and the UEFA Champions League. United have a worldwide following and at home games at Old Trafford the full houses at the ground always include many visitors from around the world and from all parts of the UK.
. The Ferguson Years
In 1986 Alex Ferguson would join United as a manager and begin a 27 year period of success that was virtually unprecedented in English football only rivaled by the great Liverpool side of the 1970s. In his first season in charge Ferguson’s could only finish eleventh, things improved the following year but in the next season United were back to eleventh again, victory in a replay against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final reportedly saved Ferguson,s job.
United were to collect another eight league titles under the now knighted Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as well as another FA Cup win, a win against fellow English team Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League and 3 League Cup wins.
After victory over Crystal Palace in the cup everything started falling into place for Ferguson’s United, the club won its first European Cup Winners Cup title and then went on to beat Red Star Belgrade in the European Super Cup, in 1993 the club would finally achieve its first ” double ” by winning the FA Cup and the clubs first league title since 1967. United’s team now contained some of the best young players in the world game, names such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs guaranteed that United would be a hard team to beat for some time to come.
In 2013 Alex Ferguson retired as United manager his place to be taken by Everton manager David Moyes, Ferguson’s reign had been the most successful in Uniteds history and had seen some of its finest ever players perform for the club including Wayne Rooney, Eric Cantona and Christian Ronaldo.
Manchester United are the third richest football team in the world only behind the two Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in terms of income, they are also classed as the second most valuable sports team in the world behind Real Madrid