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Manchester United are one of the most popular teams to bet on, and every season there is a huge range of odds available from a wide variety of bookmakers.
Outright odds are a favourite with many bettors. Bookmakers offer everything from Manchester United to win the Premier League odds to odds on Manchester United to be relegated. Some bookmakers also offer odds on Manchester United to win the Champions League to odds on Manchester United to win nothing.
As well as outright betting available on what happens on the pitch, there are also odds available on what happens behind the scenes. Manchester United next manager odds has become a more popular betting market with the rapid changes in management personnel since the retirement of Alex Ferguson.
Top Four betting is another popular Premier League betting market. Odds on Manchester United to finish top four can vary from bookmaker to bookmaker, and can be subject to bookmaker money-back specials and enhanced odds.
With United’s history of spending big money on new signings, odds on Manchester United to sign players can also be subject to bookmaker special offers.
Odds on United to win a cup competition are common also. With United’s rich history in the competition, Manchester United FA Cup odds can also provide betting value.
Manchester United are an English football club who play in Old Trafford, a borough of Greater Manchester. They currently play in the Premier League, and have played top flight football for 41 consecutive seasons.
Manchester United history begins when they were founded in 1878, then known as Newton Heath. They were formed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot, and for the first two years of existence they played against other railway departments. In 1888 they joined a regional league called The Combination, and after this league was dissolved a year later they became one of the founder members of the Football Alliance which later joined with the Football League. In 1892, Newton Heath were members of the First Division and two years later were relegated to the Second Division.
In 1902, Newton Heath suffered severe financial difficulties. This resulted in new investors being found who then changed the name of the club to Manchester United. In 1906, United gained promotion back to the First Division, and two years later won their first title. The following three years saw more success with the club winning the Charity Shield and their first FA Cup in the 1908/1909 season and their second league title in 1911.
The First World War meant a suspension in English football, and once the league resumed United were relegated again in 1922. The 1920’s and 1930’s saw a series of relegations and promotions for United, but before the Second World War began meaning another period of suspension for the Football League, United were once again a First Division club.
After the war, football was once again resumed, and this period saw one of the most important eras in Manchester United history. The legendary Matt Busby, who had ties to both Manchester United and Manchester City, took over the club as manager and with his new role he was given total control over training regimes, transfers and player selection. Success soon followed. As well as finishing second in 1947, 1948 and 1949, United won their second FA Cup in 1948.
The 1950’s saw the emergence of the famous ‘Busby Babes’ so called because of the youth of the players at the time. United won the First Division again in 1952 and followed that up with back-to-back titles in 1955 and 1956. The following year saw United become the first English team to appear in a European club competition, although the Football League were against the idea having convinced Chelsea to pull out the season previously.
In 1958, tragedy struck the club. The Munich Air Disaster occurred on 6th February 1958. United had played and beaten Red Star Belgrade in the quarter final of the European Cup. The plane carrying the Manchester United team and staff crashed as they attempted to take off from Munich Airport, resulting in the death of 23 people, eight of whom were the players Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, Billy Whelan, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, Geoff Bent, Eddie Colman and Roger Byrne.
United were given an honorary place in the European Cup the season after, but the Football League refused UEFA’s offer.
When Matt Busby recovered from his injuries he sustained in the Munich Air Disaster, he retook charge of the team and in the 1960’s he signed players who would go on to be some of United’s best and important players, including George Best and Denis Law. The 1960’s were one of the most successful decades in United history with an FA Cup win in 1963, League titles in 1965 and 1967, and in 1968 they became the first English team to win the European Cup.
The 1970’s, however, saw a downturn in fortunes. United were relegated in 1974, although they achieved promotion at the first time of asking. They did however add another FA Cup to their trophy haul when they beat Liverpool in the 1977 final.
Manchester United transfer history is well renowned and in 1981 they broke the British transfer record with the purchase of Brian Robson. Robson helped the club win another two FA Cups, in 1983 and 1985.
1986 saw the appointment of the man who would go on to be the most successful manager in the history of English football - Alex Ferguson. However, Ferguson’s first few seasons didn’t prove fruitful and he was famously almost sacked before the club added a seventh FA Cup to their trophy cabinet when they beat Crystal Palace in the final replay. This became the start of the most successful era in United history. 1991 saw the club win the Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. A League Cup was added the season after and in 1993 United won the top flight title for the first time in 26 years.
1994 saw United win a second consecutive Premier League title, along with the FA Cup, resulting in the club’s first ever ‘Double’ win.
This would go on to be bettered still in the 1998/1999 season. United became the first team to win the ‘Treble’, when they won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League title.
Two more Premier League titles came in the two subsequent seasons, and another added in 2003. The following season saw United pick up yet another FA Cup trophy, followed by another League Cup win in 2006. However, sandwiched in between these two titles was their failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in ten years.
The 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 seasons brought more Premier League success, along with another Champions League win. 2008 also saw the club compete and win the FIFA Club World Cup. A third straight Premier League title followed along with another League Cup trophy. The following season saw them win the League Cup again, the first time in the club’s history that they had successfully defended a Cup title, and the season after the club won a record breaking 19th top flight title.
The final day of the 2011/2012 season goes in the history books as one of the most fascinating and exciting in Premier League history. Rivals United and Manchester City went into the final day level on points at the top of the table, with City in top spot due to their superior goal difference. With United needing to win and see City drop points to get their 20th top division title, they were beating Sunderland away as City were getting beat at home to QPR. This meant United were going to nick the league, however a late equaliser followed by Sergio Aguero’s winner deep into injury time saw City take the title in the most dramatic of fashions.
United did pick up their 20th title the following season, and Alex Ferguson chose that time to retire from football. However, no United manager has come close to winning another Premier League title since then, with the following four years seeing three different managers take the Old Trafford hotseat. A Community Shield was won in 2013, but that season saw United fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost 20 years. Ferguson’s replacement David Moyes was sacked and replaced by Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal led his side to qualification to the Champions League but failed to qualify the season after, and despite adding another FA Cup to their trophy haul, the United hierarchy fired him and replaced him with Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United crest history actually used on kits started in 1971 (although a Manchester United badge based on the Manchester Coat of Arms was implemented on the shirts when the team played in Cup Finals). The Manchester United old badge is rather similar to the current one in terms of shape. The words ‘Manchester United’ and ‘Football Club’ surrounded a shield which incorporated a ship and three stripes recognising the three main rivers of Manchester. Two white roses appeared to the left and right of the shield.
In the 1980’s, changes were made to the design of the Manchester United badge. The white roses were replaced by footballs and an image of a red devil, a nod to Manchester United’s nickname, replaced the three rivers.
In 1998, Manchester United dropped the words ‘football club’ from their crest in a slight redesign made to make the badge more marketable. Since then, ‘football club’ has made a reappearance but the Manchester United new badge again just uses their team name on the crest.
When known as Newton Heath, the Manchester United kit colours were white and blue, which then was replaced with red and white shirts which in turn were replaced with a green and gold kit.
In 1902 when Newton Heath changed their name to Manchester United, the club implemented a new kit design. This consisted of red shirts, white shorts and black socks, which has been the basis of every Manchester United home kit ever since, apart from the years from 1922 and 1926 when a white shirt with a red ‘V’ shape was worn, and from 1960 to 1971 when white socks and then red socks were worn.
For European competition, the staple Manchester United kit has changed slightly, with red shorts being worn for a time and more recently from 1997 to 2000 white socks instead of the usual black socks were worn whenever United played in European matches.
In terms of domestic football, though, Manchester United colours are instantly recognisable with red shirts white shorts and black socks, though the style of the Manchester United shirt can vary. In recent years, the shirt has had a feint check style, a two-tone appearance and just plain red.
The Manchester United football ground is Old Trafford. However, Manchester United stadium history is quite varied before they moved into their current home in 1910.
When the club was initially formed as Newton Heath, the team played on North Road. With hopes of joining the Football League, expansion plans were developed and carried out between 1887 and 1891. The highest recorded attendance around this time was 15,000 spectators for a First Division match in 1893.
United charged an entry fee for fans to enter the stadium, something that the stadium owners disagreed with. This led to United moving to Bank Street in Clayton, which the club developed and erected stands on all four sides of the pitch. The highest recorded attendance at Bank Street was 50,000. The club played their fixtures here until 1910, apart from a short period of time in 1902 when financial difficulties struck the club. Investment was found and the club, now known as Manchester United, returned to Bank Street.
In 1909, the club wanted a bigger stadium. Land in Old Trafford was purchased and stadium plans were drawn up and constructed by architect Archibald Leitch. The Manchester United stadium capacity stood at a similar number to what it holds now, around 77,000 fans could be accommodated.
However, during the Second World War much of Old Trafford was destroyed by bombing. This resulted in United sharing Maine Road, the home of Manchester City at the time, whilst Old Trafford was rebuilt.
In the 1990’s, English football clubs were required to have all-seater stadiums. Because of this, United’s stadium capacity was reduced to around 44,000. From 1995, Manchester United stadium plans have been designed and implemented. United have continuously developed new tiers to increase the Old Trafford capacity, which today stands at 75,957. Only Borussia Dortmund have a higher average attendance than United than any other football club in Europe.
The Manchester United training ground is the Aon Training Complex, located in Carrington, Greater Manchester. The training complex houses the first team and the Manchester United Academy sides.
There are over 200 branches of the official Manchester United Supporters Club. These are found in around 50 different countries from all over the world, which the club tries to strengthen by holding their pre-season tours in a number of these areas. There are Manchester United supporters clubs in Tokyo, Belfast, Singapore, New York, Dublin and Perth, alongside many, many more.
They are also active on social media, being the most followed English club on Facebook. In fact, only La Liga sides Real Madrid and Barcelona can boast more fans on any social media network.
Manchester United supporters singing has also been named as the loudest heard in the Premier League, though this is based on their away support rather than those fans found at Old Trafford.
As well as supporters clubs, there are also two Manchester United supporters groups that keep close ties to the club itself, namely the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association and the Manchester United Supporters Trust.
Following the takeover of the club in 2005 by Malcolm Glazer and family, fans formed F.C United of Manchester. A huge number of fans opposed the takeover and joined in the development of the new club, along with taking green and gold scarves to matches to show their disdain at the new ownership.
Manchester United supporters have developed rivalries with a number of clubs. Manchester City are their local rivals, but United fans are also rivals with Leeds United, Arsenal and Liverpool. When these sides meet they are some of the most highly anticipated matches of the season.
The Manchester United owners are the Glazer family. In 2005, the Glazer family bought a controlling stake in the club and in the process plunged Manchester United in hundreds of millions of pounds worth of debt. This alienated a large section of the United fanbase, who held various protests against the new owners and their running of the club.
Manchester United ownership history has seen a number of investors and a variety of people buying controlling stakes. Since the club’s inception, there have been various brushes with bankruptcy. In 1892, the club sold shares to its supporters, but in 1902 the club’s ownership was bought by investors thus saving the club and changing the club name.
After the death of John Henry Davies, one of those 1902 investors, in 1927, the club risked bankruptcy again but James W Gibson invested a sum of around £2000 and with it gained control of the club. The Gibson family kept control of Manchester United until 1964 when Louis Edwards, who had bought shares in the years previously, bought a controlling stake in the club.
Louis Edward’s son Martin also bought shares in the club, and in 1980 became Manchester United chairman. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, United were subject to a number of takeover bids, firstly from Robert Maxwell, whose offer was refused, and 1989 saw Michael Knighton attempt to buy the club but the deal collapsed, although Knighton did get a place on the Manchester United board.
Rupert Murdoch then attempted to buy the club, and almost succeeded despite a supporter protest. Eventually, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission refused to sanction the deal. John Magnier and J.P McManus started to purchase shares and eventually became the majority shareholders. These shares were the first to be sold to Malcolm Glazer when his family began to take control of the club.
Manchester United financial history is also an interesting subject. Since 1892, they’ve had periods of time when they’ve been floated on and then taken out of the Stock Exchange. Currently, the club is being floated on the New York Stock Exchange and is recorded as the most valuable football club worldwide.
Let’s start with Manchester United player stats. Manchester United’s all-time leading appearance maker is Ryan Giggs, who made his debut in 1991 and went on to play in 963 Manchester United matches until 2014. Giggs made 205 more appearances than United’s second all time appearance maker Bobby Charlton, although the increase in European football helped this with Giggs making almost 200 appearances in European competition to Charlton’s 45.
Bobby Charlton was United’s all time leading goalscorer with 249 goals in 758 matches. Wayne Rooney surpassed that record, and now holds the title of all-time Manchester United top scorer with 253 goals in 559 matches.
Manchester United F.C statistics continue with their transfer record. On no less than ten occasions, United have broken the British transfer record, including the purchase of ex-player Paul Pogba who when joining United for the second time became the world’s most expensive player. The highest amount received by a player sale came when Real Madrid purchased Cristiano Ronaldo for a then world record fee of £80 million pound. This is almost double the fee for United’s next highest player sale, the £44 million pound received for Angel Di Maria.
Manchester United’s highest home attendance is recorded as 76,098, which came against Blackburn Rovers in 2007. The highest number of spectators a Manchester United team has played in front of 135,000 at Real Madrid in the European Cup in 1957.
The most points United have gained in a single Premier League season is 92 points in 42 matches in 1992/1993. When the number of Premier League teams was reduced and 38 games were played a season, United’s highest points tally was 91, which they earned in the 1999/2000 season.
Manchester United shirt sale stats are reported to be in the hundreds of millions of pounds each season, though these figures are estimates.
Manchester United players past and present have included some of the world’s best players. Four players have won the famous Ballon D’Or award whilst playing at Manchester United, namely Denis Law in 1964, Bobby Charlton in 1966, George Best in 1968 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008. Twice players in Manchester United colours have won the UEFA Club Footballer Of The Year award, David Beckham in 1999 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008. Ronaldo also won the European Golden Shoe award that year with 31 goals.
The current Manchester United Player of the Year is goalkeeper David De Gea, who between 2013 and 2016 became the first player in Manchester United history to win the award in three consecutive seasons. De Gea has won Player of the Year in four of the past five years.
The Manchester United players list, in terms of the first team, includes 28 players. The number of Manchester United players out on loan currently stands at five.
The Manchester United players wages are reported to be amongst the highest in world football, and the highest in the Premier League.
The current Manchester United manager is Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is the third manager to take the reigns at United since the retirement of United’s most successful manager and longest serving Alex Ferguson, the first being David Moyes and the second Louis Van Gaal.
The number of Manchester United managers stands at 25. This includes the managers at Newton Heath, and also caretaker and interim managers.
The Man United Honours List is extensive. They won the top flight title for a record 20 times, the last coming in 2013. The number of Manchester United EPL titles stands at 13.
Manchester United club honours also include a number of domestic cup competitions. United have won the FA Cup a record sharing 12 times, the League Cup five times and the Charity Shield a record 21 times, although on four of these occasions the title was shared.
The Manchester United titles list continues with their impressive record in Europe. They have won the European Cup/Champions League three times, the Europa League once, the European Cup Winners’ Cup once and the European Super Cup once. In terms of world club competitions, United won the Intercontinental Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup once each.
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