Manchester United Football Club have come a long way since they were formed under the name Newton Heath by workers of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, back in 1878. Over 130 years later, the Reds claimed their 19th league title, making them the most successful club in English football history.
That title, clinched with a late goal against Blackburn Rovers, was United's fourth in the last five years and confirmed their status as the number one team in the land. With Nani, Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hemandez all in scintillating form, opposition sidew sere swet aside, particularly at the fortress that is Old Trafford.
But for a club built on the tradition and glory years of Sir Matt Busby and his "Babes", the 19th title is just one more step along the road or domestic and European domination for the Club, as Sir Alex Ferguson's players look to add to their trophy haul.
Manchester United's history began when workers of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway decided to form a team of their own in 1878, known as Newton Heath. Only after Newton Heath went bankrupt in 1902 did Manchester United emerge like a phoenix from the ashes to become the great team we know and love today.
With the end of the Second World War, the great Sir Matt Busby took over as manager and set the club on the path to incredible footballing success. The club became renowned for nurting youthful talent starting with the famous "Busby Babes". Quickly dominating English football, the team won the First Division in successive seasons before the tragic Munich air crash of 1958 claimed the lives of eight players.
From this disaster, Sir Matt Busby set about rebuilding the team, and at the height of its footballing dominance in the mid-Sixties, every Manchester United player was a current international. Managers found itdifficult to emulate Busby's success. Only under Sir Alex Fergusson, who took over in 1986, have star players managed to combine to live up to the memory of their heroic predecessors.
With the unforgettable and seemingly unrepeatable Treble of 1999, the dramatic 2008 Champion League triumph, a horde of Premier League titles, FA and League Cups, and even the FIFA Club World Championship in 2009, these are the most successful years in the club's celebrated history!