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Manchester United Football Club is one of the most successful and popular clubs in the world. Nearly 5% of the world’s population supports Manchester United, with fan bases spread throughout all continents. Ever since the Premier League was created in 1992, Manchester United have participated in the top division in English football. Man Utd are just behind Real Madrid in the ranking of the richest clubs worldwide, earning huge income from shirt sales, a consistently jam-packed Old Trafford stadium, merchandising, advertising and TV revenue. The vast history and club traditions make all Red Devil fans proud to support Man Utd.

Managed by one of the most successful, as well as loyal, managers in the history of football, the Scot Sir Alex Ferguson, the team has managed to replace numerous retiring key players over the years, and still perform well on the domestic and European platforms. No one can sustain arguments against the capabilities of the recent Manchester United squad. The team was once again in the pot of contenders for the Premier League, after having won it an incredible 9 times since it was set up in 1992, meaning an astonishing 60% of domestic league titles since 1992. Including the 2007/08 season, this percentage goes up to 62.5% of the title since the Premier League was established in 1992.

With the increasing financial power of clubs like Chelsea, the team had to follow the trend of selling out to foreign investors. This caused widespread turmoil amongst fans worldwide, who were questioning if the new American investors would respect the club’s long history. The Glazers family have sufficiently proved critics wrong, backing Sir Alex up with their financial supremacy in the transfer market. Surely, had it not been for the Glazers, the 50 million plus spending spree of the 2007 summer would have been impossible. The takeover by the Glazers in June 2005 created a minor schism in the fan base of Man Utd, from which another team named FC United emerged.

Although fans were convinced that the 2007-08 season would be as successful as the 1998-99 season, with the club doing the treble once again, Man Utd were eliminated from the FA Cup by Portsmouth. However, this was arguably the least important of all three competitions. The club went on to win the Premier League on the final day of the season to bring a tense Premier League season to a close with a small advantage over Chelsea. No one could say that the Red Devils did not deserve the trophy, as they played exceptionally attractive football to retain the trophy. With the fans not having yet settled after the domestic victory celebration, Man Utd, led by Sir Alex Ferguson, went on to win their third UEFA Champions League in their history (including 1968 European Cup). Their defeated opponents were once again Londoners Chelsea, which fired their manager Avram Grant later. The match ended with the lottery of penalties, with Man Utd coming out on top. Ahead of the new season, Ferguson promised fans that he would give all he’s got to win the Champions League for the third time (4th in all-time history) under his reign, which is coming to a close due to age. The 2008/09 season looks to be promising for the Red Devils and all proud supporters, as the biggest club in Europe seeks to build upon its success and retain the trophies.

“It is the greatest club tournament in the world and to win it elevates you into a different level altogether. When we won it in 1999 I said at the time I hoped we would win it again but I wanted to enjoy it a bit more as we scored two goals in the last two minutes.”

“This time I had to wait until the last penalty kick had been taken. Therefore, once again I had to go through all that intensity and tension. Being a nervous wreck is not good for you. But it was a fantastic game and a fantastic achievement. We do not want to wait nine years again. I will be up in that big penalty box in the sky by then!”Sir Alex Ferguson

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