Manchester United are arguably the biggest club in world football, and continue to grow since their formation in 1878. United have won the most top-flight league titles in English football with 20, alongside 12 domestic trophies and three Champions Leagues, making them the most successful English club in football. Their fan base is from everywhere around the world and they are also probably the most well-known club in the game. The Red Devils also became the first ever English team to win a treble of trophies in 1999. They have developed some of the biggest names in the game such as Cristiano Ronaldo, and still have a fantastic squad fit to challenge any team they face up against. Jose Mourinho is the manager of United and has earned the title as the ‘Special One’ after his previous successes at Inter and Chelsea. He has got the Red Devils back challenging for the league title and has done so strongly with his mass spending spree in all departments making United one of the most exciting teams to watch.
Manchester United are arguably the biggest club in world football and continue to grow since their formation in 1878. United have won the most top-flight league titles in English football with 20, alongside 12 domestic trophies and three Champions Leagues, making them the most successful English club in football.
Their fan base is from everywhere around the world and they are also probably the most well-known club in the game. The Red Devils also became the first ever English team to win a treble of trophies in 1999. They have developed some of the biggest names in the game such as Cristiano Ronaldo, and still have a fantastic squad fit to challenge any team they face up against.
Jose Mourinho is the manager of United and has earned the title as the ‘Special One’ after his previous successes at Inter and Chelsea. He has got the Red Devils back challenging for the league title and has done so strongly with his mass spending spree in all departments making United one of the most exciting teams to watch.
The Red Devils were formed originally formed as Newton Health LYR Football Club. They originally started up by playing against other departments and railway companies. United play at the world famous, Old Trafford, since 1910, and is the second biggest stadium in England after Wembley stadium with a capacity of 75,000.
The Red Devils first recorded game took place in 1880, and despite the legendary red kits, used to play in green and gold, which represented the colours of the railway. As a founding member of the Football League, by playing in the Football Alliance who merged into the league, the club started the 1892-93 season in the top flight but were relegated after just two seasons.
Only a few years later, in 1902, the club was served with a winding-up order due to financial difficulties and debts of over £2500 but captain Harry Stafford did all he could to save his beloved team. Stafford found some local businessmen who he persuaded to invest in the club in return for a direct interest in running the club which was when the name was changed and Manchester United was officially born.
They were promoted back to the top flight in 1907 and won the title for the first time in 1908, this was the clubs first league title out of a record 20 to date. The following season, United won the Charity Shield and FA Cup, but it wasn’t until 1911 that the club won the league title again. Relegation from the First Division occurred again in 1922 it only took three years for a top flight return to take place.
In between the First and Second World Wars, British businessman James W. Gibson saved Manchester United from bankruptcy by investing £2,000 to take control of the club – an act which is still commemorated today with a plaque in his honour on Sir Matt Busby Way.
1945 marked the end of the Second World War and football could resume as English manager Matt Busby was given his big break and brought in. He instantly demanded exceptional control over player transfers, training sessions and team selection that had never been seen before. People realised he was different straight away.
This led to a very successful period in the club’s prized history, started by winning the FA Cup in 1948 and after knocking on the door in the league by finishing second in 1947, ’48 and ’49, United broke through the barrier and won their first title in 41 years at the end of the 1951-52 campaign.
Busby’s young, exciting side managed back-to-back titles in 1955 and ’56, leading to the nickname “the Busby Babes” because of how much faith he was putting into his youth players. Manchester United became the first English outfit to take part in the European Cup the season afterwards, despite the Football League disagreeing with the concept.
United performed brilliantly throughout, defeating Anderlecht 10-0 on the way to the semi-finals, their biggest winning margin on record, before losing to old foes Real Madrid. Disaster struck the following season, the Munich Air Crash – to be precise. On the 6th February 1958, the aircraft carrying “the Busby Babes” on the way home from European Cup quarter-final victory at Red Star Belgrade crashed after a failed take off in Munich.
Manchester United players, match officials and journalists were on the flight, and the disaster took the lives of 23, including eight first team players – Tommy Taylor, Eddie Coleman, Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Billy Whelen and most notably one of the most promising youngsters to ever put on the famous red shirt, Duncan Edwards.
Several passengers were lucky enough to survive, including manager Matt Busby and star striker Bobby Charlton, while Johnny Berry and Jackie Blanchflower were never to take to the field again. In the 1960s, United were like a revitalised club after the disaster, producing talent left, right and centre including iconic, club legend, George Best.
They won the FA Cup, two division titles in 1965 and 1967, before becoming the first ever English team to win the European Cup in 1968 at Wembley, after beating S.L. Benfica. The 1970s were a complete contrast to the recent decade, swapping between managers and eventually suffering relegation in the 1973-74 season after losing star players such as Best, Dennis Law and Bobby Charlton.
United’s fortunes turned in 1977 when Dave Sexton took charge, adding Ray Wilkins and Gordon McQueen to their ranks. Sexton made way for one of the clubs greatest Gaffers in Ron Atkinson, who won two FA Cups in three years.
1986 led to United appointing arguably the greatest manager in footballing history, although at the time unknown Aberdeen manager, Alex Ferguson. However, he did not start great in Manchester, with a FA Cup triumph in 1990 saving his status at the club, after three disappointing seasons.
His fortunes as manager and the club’s performance quickly changed, as throughout the 90s he won two league titles and the FA Cup. Players eventually adapted to the way ‘Fergie’ wanted to play, which is a way to be admired with a philosophy of always playing to win, passing the ball and to show an aggressive and resilient attitude, regardless of the situation.
The 1998-99 campaign alone was arguably the strongest in the club’s history, as Manchester United became the first English club to complete the ‘Treble’. After winning the league on the final day, albeit at Arsenals expense, an FA Cup final victory against Newcastle United quickly followed.
But the most historic night in the club’s history happened arrived on May 26th, 1999, as they trailed Bayern Munich 1-0 at Camp Nou going into stoppage time until the man of big moments Sheringham stroked Ferguson’s side level. The momentum was all behind the Reds before the commentator shrieked “and Solskjær has won it” as the Norwegian ‘baby-faced assassin’ prodded the club to UEFA Champions League glory.
Shortly after the momentous occasion, Alex Ferguson became Sir Alex Ferguson as he was knighted for his brilliant services to football. United continued to dominate the Premier League in the 2000s, winning titles in 2001 and 2003. Their most recent Champions League triumph was achieved in 2008, after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against league rivals, Chelsea.
United boasted quality throughout their ranks such as Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo eventually left the club in 2009 for a then world-record fee of £80m. The Red Devils continued to win trophies, eventually overtaking Liverpool when it comes to silverware as they won their 19th crown in 2010-11.
Sir Alex Fergusons reign ended in triumph, but also with the 2012-13 Premier League title, with former Arsenal striker, Robin Van Persie scoring goals for fun. The Scot chose himself who his successor at United would be, and he believed Everton Manager, David Moyes, would be fit to fill in his boots, signing a six-year contract on July 1st.
However, for once, Sir Alex was wrong as Moyes never lived up to expectations, eventually losing his job less than a year into his six-year deal. Louis van Gaal took over in the summer of 2014 after he managed a strong display from the Netherlands in the World Cup and in his first season in charge spent big on the likes of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for around £60m.
He would however be a flop at United, despite scoring one of the goals of the season against Leicester City. Van Gaal guided United back to the Champions League places in his first season. This was the best he could do as the following season, a 5th placed finish wasn’t enough to keep his job after dulling United performances and a lack of threat in cup competitions. He was eventually replaced by one of the best managers around, Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese brought a new lease of life to United and won the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League in his first season at the club. alongside bringing in world class talent in the form of Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez on a free and Paul Pogba, for a then world record fee of £89m. That success was helped by the signings of veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and the then-world record £89m return of Paul Pogba.
United’s ultimate focus on the Europa League to qualify for last season’s Champions League resulted in a measly 6th-place Premier League finish, however, clear progress was being made under Mourinho which made hopes high for the 2017-18 campaign.
In preparation for the new season, United broke the British transfer record to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku for £75m as well as snatching up key Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matić, who Mourinho worked so well with during his days as Chelsea boss, and SL Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelöf.
The following season, Mourinho went big again, signing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku for £75m as well as Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, who he signed when he was manager at the Bridge.
United enjoyed a much better league season throughout 2017-18, in fact it was the club’s highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s title-winning season prior to his retirement in 2013, as they finished 2nd, albeit 19 points behind runaway champions Manchester City.
Despite a better league season, The Red Devils endured a rare trophy-less season. A devastating 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup Final was the closest Mourinho’s men got to silverware after their EFL Cup defence didn’t go to plan due to a fifth-round defeat at Championship side Bristol City.
United were also defeated in the UEFA Super Cup, losing to Champions League winners Real Madrid 2-1 in Skopje, Macedonia. It didn’t get much better in European competition either. Despite proceeding through the Champions League group stage as winners, they suffered defeat on what many called the lowest day in the club’s European history as Sevilla won 2-1 at Old Trafford to send United packing in the round of 16.
Lukaku impressed in his debut season as main no. 9, netting 27 times, whilst January signing Alexis Sánchez is expected to show signs of his best potential in the 2018-19 after having time to fully settle into Manchester and Mourinho’s style of play.
United signed 19-year-old FC Porto right-back Diogo Dalot at the start of June to provide competition for captain Antonio Valencia and kick off the club’s summer spending. Next to arrive was £50m Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred who joined on a long-term deal later on in the month as the retired-Michael Carrick’s replacement in the midfield.
Old Trafford is a sell out for nearly every game they play, showing how big the club is and how their football entertains everyone. Football fans love going to see some of the best players football has ever known grace the field and will continue to fill the stands for the foreseeable future.
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Manchester United’s success over the past fifty years which has seen them win a flurry of domestic and European trophies has turned them into one of the greatest, if not the greatest football club on the planet.
With the club’s fame and following spanning worldwide, sourcing tickets to go and watch Jose Mourinho’s side can be difficult, but here at Box Office Events, we have provided a resourceful guide to buying Manchester United tickets.
Season tickets for the 2018/19 campaign at Old Trafford have already sold out, with 55,00 people already having access to one.
You can join the waiting list for when a season ticket does become available and any available season tickets will be offered to the club’s members first.
Applications to join the waiting list can only be made after on full season as a member.
If you join as a member and pay a deposit when joining the waiting list, you are more likely to be offered a season card, should any become available.
For the 2018/19 season, adults aged between 21-64 are paying between £532-£950 for a guaranteed seat at all 19 Premier League home matches, working out at between £28-£50 per game.
There is a discounted option for younger fans and for over 65s; season tickets for 18-20-year-olds are priced between £399-£712.50, costing between £21-£37.50 per game. Fans aged 16, 17 and 65 and over receive a further discount on their season tickets, which are priced between £266-£380 a year or £14-£20 a match. Fans under 16 can purchase season tickets for between £190-380, working out at between £10-£20 pounds per game, although this option is only available in some areas of all four stands, with some part of each of stand not available for under-16s’ season tickets.
The club have also introduced a new ‘youth pricing’ season ticket in the pitchside section of the Stretford End’s lower tier. Fans aged 18-25 can access one for £285 a year, costing just £15 a game.
United do have a finance option which allows season ticket holders to pay for their yearly passes in instalments, rather than paying for the full season up front.
Season ticket holders can only apply to attend United away matches if they have held a season ticket after three full seasons of having one.
Manchester United currently have two different membership options available to supporters.
The lite membership comes with exclusive access to home match tickets, a personalised membership card, half-price entry for tours of Old Trafford and the club’s museum, and 10% off at the Red Café, which located inside the third floor of the Sir Alex Ferguson stand at Old Trafford. Lite members will also receive 10% off at the club’s official megastore and at United Direct, the club’s official online store.
This option costs £20 for fans aged between 18 and 64, £18 for supporters aged 16, 17 and 65 and over and £15 for members aged 15 and under.
The alternative membership option is the full membership, which comes with all the benefits of the lite membership and the official membership pack, which contains a variety of items, dependant on your age.
Members ages 16 and over will receive: a voucher for the 2017/18 Official Yearbook, a scarf, a pen, a keyring bottle opener and a pin badge.
Fans aged 11-15 will receive: a watch, a voucher for the yearbook, a keyring, a beanie hat, a gym bag and a coaster.
For members aged between five and 10, the membership pack comes with: a voucher for the yearbook, a boot bag, a water bottle, a mini football and a beanie hat.
Two, three and four-year-olds will find: a voucher for the yearbook, a mini boot bag, a soft toy of Fred the Red, a mini football and a door sign inside their membership packs.
Supporters aged under two will receive: a yearbook voucher, a mini boot bag, a soft toy of Fred the Red, a ‘baby on board’ car sign, a comfort blanket and a dribble bib.
The full membership is priced at £32 for 18-64-year-olds, £27 for members aged 16, 17 and 65 and over, and £22 for under-16s.
All members will also be entitled to a £5 discount on all match tickets they purchase, priority access to cup match tickets at home, the opportunity to buy multiple tickets for family & friends at select matches and they will also receive exclusive e-newsletters.
During the 2017/18 campaign, the club had over 210,000 members; to stand any chance of securing home tickets, it is seriously recommended that you become a member.
Members prices for Manchester United tickets for home matches in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup cost between £31-£54 for adults (21-64), £24-£40.50 for 18-20-year-olds, £17-£23 for fans aged 16,17 and 65+, and £13 for under-16s.
Ticket prices for home matches in the Champions League will increase during the Round of 16, Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals, by £5, £7 and £10, should United get progress that far.
Home tickets for matches in the Carabao Cup cost between £24-£40.50 for adults, tickets for 18-20-year olds cost between £18.75 and £31.13, price vary from £13.50 to £18 for fans aged 16,17 and over-65 and all tickets £10 for under-16s.
For certain matches, fans will need to enter a ballot to try and get tickets. Examples of this include games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, due to a high demand for tickets.
Away tickets are all drawn via a ballot and you must apply to be in the ballot for each away match you wish to attend.
Tickets for away matches in either of the two UEFA club competition are decided via a separate loyalty scheme. Priority for knockout round matches are given to fans who attended away matches during the group stage. This scheme does not take into consideration attendances at domestic home or away matches.
You can also purchase official Manchester United tickets via Box Office Events.
Tickets are £5 more expensive for non-members.
It is very rare that any spare tickets become available for general sale, with domestic cup matches on midweek evenings against lower-tiered sides being the most likely opportunity for tickets to reach general sale.
If you are looking for an unforgettable matchday experience, then the club do offer a variety of hospitality packages on matchdays.
With prices ranging from £200-£1,000 per person per match, fans can experience the finest viewing extras possible, including VIP seats, a champagne arrival, a private dining table with a enhanced dining menu featuring the stadium chef’s signature dish, Q&A sessions with a former Manchester United player and much more, depending on which of the eight different hospitality experiences you select.
The option of having your own seat inside a suite at Old Trafford is available annually, costing between £2,934-£9,000 per person for the entire season.
Several private boxes can also be hired for matchday experiences, where you can view matches at Old Trafford with a stunning view, dedicated waiter service, a variety of different catering options include a four-course meal, a complimentary bar, a visit from a former Manchester United player and many other superb benefits. Prices for executive boxes start at £3,000 and rise to as high as £18,000 per match, depending on which package is selected and who the match is against.
Private boxes can also be purchased for the entire season, costing from £25,200 to £90,000 per season.
Manchester United’s finest hospitality experience can be found inside the centennial club, costing £180,000 per year.
This experience, which has already sold out for the 2018/19 campaign, comes with 16 private Directors’ luxury padded armchairs for every single United home match for the season, dedicated private entrance and a lift to your suite, access to your box up to three hours before kick-off and two hours after full-time, optional branding and personalisation of your suite, complimentary use of the suit for non-matchday meetings, your own 42-inch television with surround sound speakers and free wi-fi, VIP pitch side matchday tour, a five course-meal for every match, a gift of a framed signed United shirt and more.
Suites and lounges are located for hospitality package users in all four stands of the stadium.
Best places to sit at Old Trafford
Atmospherically, the best place to sit inside the ground is at the Stretford End, which is located behind the goal on the west side of the stadium
If you are wanting the best possible view of the pitch, then head to the upper tiers of any of the four stands, except inside tier three of the north stand; the view from the upper tier of the south stand is particularly impressive.
Old Trafford information and facts
Old Trafford is located on Sir Matt Busby Way in Stretford, Greater Manchester, postcode: M16 0RA
Since opening in 1910, the stadium has hosted all of Manchester United’s home matches and has remained that way ever since, except for between 1941 to 1949, when the club shared Maine Road with rivals Manchester City due to damage from the Second World War.
The stadium is best known as being the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
It is the largest club football stadium in the England, with a capacity of 74,994. Wembley Stadium can capacitate 90,000 spectators for football matches, but because it is not used as a permanent home by any club, United’s home is the largest in the country.
The stadium is located just half a mile away from Old Trafford cricket ground, which hosts all of Lancashire’s home matches; it has also hosted number of England cricket internationals and music concerts.
The football stadium has not just hosted Manchester United games during its 108-year history, with several sports such as shinty, baseball, cricket, rugby union, rugby league and boxing also being played at the ground.
Like it’s neighbouring cricket-hosting counterpart of the same name, Old Trafford has also hosted concerts, with Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Status Quo and more performing there over the years.
Old Trafford has also hosted a number of private functions such as weddings, with the first being hosted in 1996.
Several England internationals, FA Cup semi-finals, matches from the 1966 World Cup, the European Championships in 1996, the 2003 UEFA Champions League final and football matches from 2012 Olympic Games have also been held inside the home of the Red Devils. Charity football match Soccer Aid, which raises money for UNICEF every two years, is also hosted there.
If you are travelling to the ground via public transport, the nearest train station is Manchester United Football Ground railway station, which is adjacent to the Sir Bobby Charlton stand of the ground and it is only open on matchdays; Exchange Quay and Old Trafford tram stations are also only a 10-minute walk away from the stadium.
Manchester Oxford Road station and Manchester Piccadilly station are the nearest national railway stations to the ground, located 2.7 and 3.5 miles away respectively.
First Greater Manchester, Arriva and Stagecoach all provide local bus transport to the stadium on matchdays.
Several council-approved car parking areas are in operation near the stadium. A pay-to-park system is in operation at the Trafford Village, costing £7 in the allocated street-parking bays. This is located 1.1 miles away from the stadium, which is walkable in 20-25 minutes. Other parking is available nearby, but it is advisable to complete the final part of your journey by public transport or on foot.
Stretford Metrolink park and ride is also located 1.5 miles away, which is walkable to Old Trafford, taking around 30 minutes.