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Manchester United Football Club
Old Trafford Stadium
Sir Matt Busby Way
Manchester
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Formed 1878.
Honours
Top Division Champions
1908,1911,1952,1956,1957,1965,1967,1993,1994,1996,1997,1999,2000,2001,2003,2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
FA Cup Winners
1909,1948,1963,1977,1983,1985,1990,1994,1996,1999,2004
Leage Cup Winners
1992,2006

Manchester United F.C. was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath L&YR F.C., the works team of the local depot of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The team played on a small field in North Road before moving to Bank Street in 1893. A year earlier the team had entered the Football League, leading it to gradually sever its ties with the railway and become an independent company. Unfortunately, this almost led to the club going bust, with the ground being closed by bailiffs at one point. The club was saved by a sizeable investment from J H Davies, the managing director of Manchester Breweries. The club then looked for a new name. The suggestion of Manchester United came from Louis Rocca, a young Italian immigrant. The team won its first League title in 1908 and its first FA Cup in 1909. Since then they have won the FA Cup a record number of times and have enjoyed a huge number of titles in the old Football League First Division and the Premier League. In the 20 years between 1986-87 and 2006-07, United won 18 major trophies, more than any other English team. They are now not only one of the most successful football teams in the world but also a major international and highly marketable brand. The team now plays at Old Trafford with a capacity of 76,180.

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