They reached the final again in , beating 2—1. The Manchester United board accepted a £623 million offer, but the takeover was blocked by the at the final hurdle in April 1999. From 2004, the First Division became the and the Second Division became. In 1968, under the management of , Manchester United became the first English football club to win the European Cup. Under , who assumed managerial duties in 1903, the team finished as Second Division runners-up in 1906 and secured promotion to the First Division, which they won in 1908 — the club's first league title. True Colours: Football Kits from 1980 to the Present Day. Accountancy firm and sports industry consultants estimate that Manchester United has 75 million fans worldwide, while other estimates put this figure closer to 333 million.
In recognition of the team's tragedy, invited the club to compete in the alongside eventual League champions. London: Guardian News and Media. The current home kit is a red shirt with black stripes gradually getting thicker towards the base and the trademark Adidas in black on the shoulders, black shorts, and red socks with black tops and gradual stripes in between. Archived from on 5 January 2010. A similar attendance was also recorded for a friendly match against Gorton Villa on 5 September 1889. Sport Matters: Sociological Studies of Sport, Violence and Civilisation.
In 1922, three years after the resumption of football following the First World War, the club was relegated to the Second Division, where it remained until regaining promotion in 1925. After the name change in 1902, the club colours were changed to red shirts, white shorts, and black socks, which has become the standard Manchester United home kit. In Chadwick, Simon; Arth, Dave. United also fell behind in the title race for the third consecutive season, finishing in 5th place, in spite of several expensive signings during Van Gaal's tenure. When Lillian Gibson died in January 1971, her shares passed to Alan Gibson who sold a percentage of his shares to Louis Edwards' son, Martin, in 1978; went on to become chairman upon his father's death in 1980.
First used on 25 March 1957 and costing £40,000, four 180-foot 55 m pylons were erected, each housing 54 individual floodlights. Architect was given a budget of £30,000 for construction; original plans called for seating capacity of 100,000, though budget constraints forced a revision to 77,000. The Definitive Newton Heath F. In January 2010, with debts of £716. The Official Manchester United Illustrated Encyclopedia 3rd ed. Archived from on 1 January 2016.
Media tycoon attempted to buy the club in 1984, but did not meet Edwards' asking price. Losing 1—0 going into in the , and scored late goals to claim a dramatic victory over , in what is considered one of the greatest comebacks of all time. In May 2005, purchased the 28. This attention often generates greater interest in on-the-field activities, and hence generates sponsorship opportunities — the value of which is driven by television exposure. Promoted to the board a few days after the Munich air disaster, Louis Edwards, a friend of Matt Busby, began acquiring shares in the club; for an investment of approximately £40,000, he accumulated a 54 per cent shareholding and took control in January 1964. This was extended to 20 league titles in 2012—13, securing the championship with a 3—0 home win against Aston Villa on 22 April 2013. Manchester United announced their first training kit sponsor in August 2011, agreeing a four-year deal with reported to be worth £40 million; it is believed to be the first instance of training kit sponsorship in English football.
En route to the semi-final, which they lost to , the team recorded a 10—0 victory over Belgian champions , which remains the club's biggest victory on record. From 2006—07 to 2013—14, the third kit was the previous season's away kit, albeit updated with the new club sponsor in 2006—07 and 2010—11, apart from 2008—09 when an all-blue kit was launch to mark the 40th anniversary of the success. Bombing in the Second World War destroyed much of the stadium; the central tunnel in the South Stand was all that remained of that quarter. Sejak bergulirnya era Premiership di tahun 1992, Manchester United adalah tim yang paling sukses dengan delapan kali merebut tropi juara. Since the start of the 2015—16 season, Adidas has manufactured Manchester United's kit as part of a world-record 10-year deal worth a minimum of £750 million. The club takes advantage of this support through its worldwide summer tours.
On 19 May 2014, it was confirmed that would replace Moyes as Manchester United manager on a three-year deal, with Giggs as his assistant. Later improvements included the addition of roofs, first to the Stretford End and then to the North and East Stands. Rivalries Main articles: , , , and Manchester United has rivalries with , , , and , against whom they contest the. The club's third kit is often all-blue, this was most recently the case during the 2014—15 season. They remained part of their home kits until 1927. Although Van Gaal's first season saw United once again qualify for the Champions League through a fourth-place finish in the Premier League, his second season saw United go out of the same tournament in the group stage. In , the club became the first in the history of English football to achieve the continental European.
Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008—2009. After two seasons, the club was relegated to the. The team finished third in , before regaining the title in. Some expansion took place in 1887, and in 1891, Newton Heath used its minimal financial reserves to purchase two grandstands, each able to hold 1,000 spectators. Following the league's dissolution after only one season, Newton Heath joined the newly formed , which ran for three seasons before being merged with the Football League. They won the , beating 3—0 in the final at the in to lift the trophy for a record 11th time. Docherty saved Manchester United from relegation that season, only to see them relegated in 1974; by that time the trio of Best, Law, and Charlton had left the club.
After his death in 1927, the club faced bankruptcy yet again, but was saved in December 1931 by James W. The club also won the Intercontinental Cup after beating 1—0 in Tokyo. For 2018—19, black shorts and red socks became the primary choice for the home kit. The club's focus on commercial and sporting success brought significant profits in an industry often characterised by chronic losses. Archived from on 19 August 2011. Supporter groups encouraged match-going fans to wear green and gold, the colours of Newton Heath.