How can one determine which club is the best in the world? Chelsea is the most trophies-winning English club over the past 10 years, but does this fact make the blues a better side than Liverpool? Evidently, time is the main factor, but Red Devils alternate successful periods with small recessions in the game for more than a century. We present top 7 reasons that make Man United the best club in the world even today, and you will hardly refute them.
1. The Most Successful English Club
Manchester United is the best club in England for the number of trophies. They have won 20 League titles and 12 times raised the FA Cup. On the European arena, the Red Devils have won the Champions League three times and once brought home the Europa League trophy. They are one of the few teams in the world that made the treble in one season. Well, employees of the club’s museum have a lot of work to do to keep all these precious cups sparkling.
2. Man United Showed Others How to Use the Academy System
Another tradition brought by Manchester United is the development of a club academy. Of course, football academies existed in other clubs, but it was Matt Busby who showed how to get full potential of youth system. In the 1951/52 season, United won the First Division title. That team was quite aged, and Busby began to actively involve young players from the academy. Things were going badly at first, but after three years, these players won the League title, while the average age of the team was just 22 years. Despite the fact that today Red Devils staked on bringing in expensive transfers, since 1937, United did not name any squad for a match that would not include at least one academy player. In other words, it is almost 4,000 matches in a row.
3. The Oldest Top Club in the World
The club was initially formed as Newton Heath Football Club by a group of Manchester railway workers in 1878. For example, Real Madrid was founded in 1902, while Barcelona and Milan in 1899. In 1902, the Newton Heath club was on the brink of bankruptcy, having debts of over 2,000 pounds. However, the club was bought out by a local businessman, who saved it from disappearing. On April 26, 1902, Newton Heath was reborn as Manchester United.
4. The Most Effective Club Management System
Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson have coached the Red Devils for almost a half time of the club’s existence. Many fans of football consider Ferguson the best coach in the history of football and he has 38 reasons to prove that. In the history of the club, there were just 19 managers (not counting temporarily acting coaches). In comparison, Barcelona and Real Madrid have replaced more than 50 coaches over the past hundred years. Another good example: since the beginning of the Abramovich era in 2004, Chelsea has already managed to replace 12 coaches.
5. The Most Valuable Football Club
Even without trophies, Man United do not lose their position in world football. For two years in a row, Forbes names the Red Devils the most valuable club in the world. Overall, during the last 10 years, Manchester United has led this ranking seven times. At the heart of the rating are the total capital of the club, net debt and the cost of the brand. To stay objective, we must admit that Real Madrid and Barcelona constantly chase Manchester United and the gap in the ranking is always tight.
6. The Most Successful Youth Team in the World.
Manchester United U-18 won the FA Youth Cup ten times. They also are dominant in the FIFA Youth Cup by the number of wins: 18 trophies. By the way, Barcelona, which is famous for its club academy, has won FIFA Youth Cup only three times. Top 5 players who made the biggest number of appearances are the products of Manchester United’s youth academy: Ryan Giggs (963), Bobby Charlton (758), Paul Scholes (718), Bill Foulkes (688) and Garry Neville (602). Finally, Paul Pogba, Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay – all of them passed through MU academy’s thorny path.
7. The Most Loyal Players in the History of EPL
Manchester United players are the most loyal among English clubs. A Manchester United first eleven player spends an average of 3.45 years at the club. Nobody from the English big clubs can reach this loyalty level. However, Manchester United should be thankful to such famous one-club players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Garry Neville, who spent two decades at Old Trafford.