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Manchester United

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Manchester United

Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) football club was founded in 1878, as a sporting outlet for workers in the railway yard of that name. Fourteen years later, the team considered itself good enough to make an entrance into the Football League, although it soon nearly collapsed as a going concern until a local businessman stepped in to rescue it. In 1999, its direct descendant, Manchester United FC, stunned the English footballing world by walking away with a historic treble – domestic League champions, FA Cup winners and European Champions League victors (after a soul-stirring revival in the final against Bayern Munich) in the same season. For the time being, all English clubs are eclipsed by Chelsea, but Man U’s consistent record of success under one of football’s great characters, Sir Alex Ferguson, makes the side an ever-present contender. And more than any other home team, Manchester United can draw on support from all corners of the known world – from Bangkok to Boston, Massachusetts.

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The most famous football club on earth, and almost certainly the most widely supported. Go to almost any place, no matter how remote, and they'll have heard of Bobby Charlton and David Beckham.

Doug Stratton

Old Trafford has to be the best football stadium in England. And although i am a Barnet fan, I have been to Old Trafford twice (once for a game, and the other time - a tour). It was splendidly built, and extremely impressive on the eye. Amazing.

Jade says that Man Utd 'is more famous than the city it is situated in' - but Man Utd's Old Trafford ground isn't actually in Manchester, it's in the adjacent borough of Trafford (the clue's in the name !)
Stephen O'Loughlin

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