“Manchester United breathe football. When I have to make tough decisions, I always listen to little boy inside me and what he wants that little boy was screaming for United.”- Robin van Persie.
One of the greatest and celebrated football clubs in the world, Manchester United has enjoyed success both on domestic and international stage. The English professional football club based in Old Trafford had won the most League titles (20); a joint record of four league cups, 11 FA Cups, European Cups, and FIFA Club World Cup.
They have made players like Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham, the world-famous football icons they are today. Started as a small club, United faced many financial troubles leading to its shutdown in the beginning. However, it emerged as the world champions and break record season after season. Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton called Old Trafford as ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ and United has always leaved up to the expectations.
United have played some nerve wrecking games in the history of football, which will be remembered forever. Sir Alex placed the United in the top club bracket and given some memorable moments to cherish forever. Today, Manchester United enjoys the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, and Radamel Falcao playing for 2014-15 season.
Manchester United is made of harsh times, victorious moments, unbelievable comebacks and unheard history. This throwback Thursday, we’ll remember 20 greatest victories of The Red Devils since 1907.
1907-08: Mangnall & Meredith’s combination
In 1907, the club won their first-ever league titles ending with 52 points leaving Aston Villa and Manchester City behind. United scored 25 goals from 30 matches while Meredith was one of the biggest stars of the season. Mangnall’s all-action style made him world best player of that time. They marked their first victory from 105 years on. The United started the play-off with a bang, defeating Aston 4-1 and Liverpool 4-0, but with classic straight wins between September and November laid down the victory.
1910-11: Second Championship After Two Seasons
Manchester United won their second English title in 1910, two seasons after their first win. The Old Trafford boys earned 52 points in 38 matches with scoring 20 goals in a row. Ernest Mangnall led his team to glory with ferocious win against West, Hasle and Turnbull. In this season, Reds only lost two matches out of 13 opening matches, but after three defeats in December, the season ended with a glorious victory.
1951-1952: Busby Boys Leads to the Title
United fans waited long for the title when they finished their win in 1951 beating Tottenham and Arsenal in this season. A 6-1 defeat to Arsenal on the final match of the season earned them the title. This season was about Jack Rowley who is one of the prolific goal-scorers in the history. He scored 30 goals in 40 matches and won their first post-war titles.
1955-56: United Roars Again
A young, energetic United team led by Sir Matt Busby defeated their competitors in this season. United finished off with 11 points ahead of Wolves and Blackpool; this was their second title of 50s. United showed powerful attacking football and became the “Busby Babes.” Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor and Eddie Colman were the stars of the season. Taylor scored 25 league goals of that season.
1956-1957: Win Back-To-Back
United earned consecutive titles in 1956 season with young players like Tommy Taylor and Duncan Edwards. The Reds completed eight points over Preston and Tottenham. A 4-0 defeat to Sunderland at their home ground sealed the victory for United. But a tragic Munich Air Disaster in 1958, Whelan, Taylor and Edwards lost their life in the airline crash, a tragedy that destroyed Busby’s young team.
1964-65: First 60s Titles
This was the first league title win for United in the 1960s. The dramatic match between the Reds and Leeds in the final moment ended with a goal difference. With young winger George and Denis Law’s prolific goal, United came as winner ahead of Yorkshire rivals. A crucial goal from John Connelly against Elland Road, proved decisive for the team.
1966-67: United Hit Top Spot Again
After three seasons, United won again in 1966-67 with the Reds finishing with four points against Tottenham and Nottingham Forest. The club’s ‘Holy Trinity’ of Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best were at their best and United became champions for the seventh time. The United beat West Ham by 6-1 to earn title in the penultimate match.
1992-93: The Wait Is Finally Over
The sheer emotion every fan witnessed in United’s long-awaited success in 1992 can’t be denied. The Reds waited for 26 years to make to the top pile. Sir Alex’s crucial transfer of Eric Cantona was the most significant transfer in the English football history. United, Norwich and Villa were playing hard for the title. A brilliant win over Norwich was followed by a victory against Sheffiled at Old Trafford. Steve Bruce saved United’s coveted image helping them to win the title.
1993-94: Another Title Win For Reds
Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Andrei Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes made United the dream team of that times. United was terrible in the spring, but a dramatic 2-0 win against Manchester City brought them back in the race. The Reds won the consecutive games in the end of the season. One of the memorable moments was a farewell to Bryan Robson, a player who dragged United to the top in 1980s.
1995-96: United Win The Tenth League Title
United defeat from Aston Villa shook the spirit of the teammates. They were 12 points behind of Newcastle till January. As Newcastle struggled, United bounced back. Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and Cantona were amazing during the final months, and United clinched to their 10th league title win at Middlesbrough with 3-0.
1996-97: United Dominated The Title
United’s young brigade had gained amazing confidence after winning the Double in previous season, and the Reds maintain their league crown in 1996-97 season too. Ferguson’s team finished seven points ahead of Newcastle and Arsenal. Gary Pallister scoring two goals and Andy Cole scoring one in 3-1 victory at Liverpool as United moved towards another success. A fourth title in the row showed Red’s power of balance firmly winning away from Anfield to Old Trafford.
1998-99: Red’s Dramatic Treble Success
If there was any dream season for any English football club, it has to be for Manchester United in 1998 season. Their offer for the Treble started with one extraordinary match after another, and it ended on a phenomenal night in Barcelona. They earned the league title in the final day of the season. United had strong opponents in Arsenal but their defeat in Leeds let United in. Andy Cole winning goal against Tottenham on the final day earned them the coveted title.
1999-2000: Amazing 18 Points Victory
United’s most leading success came in 1999-2000, when they won the season by 18 points. After their incredible Treble success, United were extensive. The only pressure came when the United played for the World Cup Championship in Brazil. Their opponents’ points dropped at home while the Red stunned the world with a gigantic comeback. Their first match was against Arsenal in a game that ended 1-1 draw.
2000-2001: United Wins Three In A Row
United again won the league title finishing 10 points way ahead of Gunners, despite three defeats in the season. This was first time in the history, The Reds won three leagues in a row. A historic 6-1 win over Arsenal with Yorke’s hat-trick goals, was a perfect example of United’s strong game-plan. This was United’s nine Premier League, which embarked the dominant period of English football.
2002-03: Reds Stun Arsenal Again
Arsenal was ahead of United with eight points in three months of 2002 season but Reds showed impressive comeback in the title race and gradually overtook the Arsenal. The Reds showed some impressive football at the end with brilliant defeat to Newcastle by 6-2. A 2-2 draw against Arsenal kept the United at the top with Arsenal dropping to the bottom and United never looked back again, earning 15th league title.
2006-07: United Back On Top After Three Seasons
United have not won the title from three seasons and they were waiting for a robust victory. Arsenal won two titles previously and was strongest opponents against United. In a dramatic match against Everton, United rallied a magnificent 4-2 win. In the following match, United beat Manchester City and Arsenal drew match against Chelsea, the Reds clinched the title.
2007-08: Ryan Giggs Placed United On The Top
Here comes another season full of drama, with Manchester win on the final day against the strong Arsenal team. Arsenal was powerful enough to win the title, but United broke their dream with a massive play-off in the front. In the final stage, Chelsea win at Stamford Bridge move their level up over United. United had major goal difference; it was crucial for them two win the final matches. They defeated West Ham and then beat Wigan by 2-0 on the final game. It was Sir Alex’s 10th league title win while Ryan Giggs was the man of the season. This time United was jam-packed with super players like Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. They also won the European Cup in the same season.
2008-09: United Clinched The 18th Title
The 2008-09 saw Liverpool at a very good position and United have to make good points. A 17-year-old new boy Federico Macheda came in the field to score winning goal against Aston Villa, which brought United in the front. Reds won another hat-trick and 18th title overall defeating top contenders like Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea behind.
2010-11: Record-Breaking United’s 19th Title
Many critics grilled Manchester United for not being the finest club. However after their victory against two powerful English clubs Chelsea and Arsenal, United finished the top pile again. United defeated Chelsea by 2-1 and played a draw match in the following weekend, the title was nearly wrapped from them. United completely took their greatest rivals, Liverpool, which made the club one of the most successful in football history in domestic stage.
2012-13: United Lead To Title No 20
Sir Alex was charged up to win the title back after losing it to Manchester City in 2011-12 campaign. Robin van Persie’s free-kick in the final moments against City gave United an amazing 3-2 win. Robin van Persie earned five points for the United and they grew up more after this victory. This is was Ferguson’s 13th title and United’s 20th title in the English football history.
This is not the end for Manchester United, being beaten up by their neighbor, Manchester City, in 2013-14 campaign. It is time for Reds to get back the title and increase their winning tally. The team is under the guidance of Louis van Gaal who packed the club with top players of the world. In 2014-15 season, Manchester United rests at seventh position with 16 points and 4 wins. Chelsea, Southampton and Man City are leading the points table, but the season is yet to end. If you are a hardcore Man United, share us your thoughts in the comments. Or you can simply tell us reason why you support The Red Devils on our official Facebook, Google+ and Twitter handle.