Even if you have never watched a soccer match in your life, you will have certainly at least heard of Manchester United. The club, which is based in Manchester in the northwest of England, consistently comes inside the top 10 most valuable sports organizations in the world, rivalling the biggest franchises in U.S. sports. In this article, we will give you an introduction to the most valuable club in the Premier League by presenting a few interesting facts that you may not know.
1 Owned By Yanks
One thing is for certain – soccer (or football, as it is called almost everywhere else but in the United States and Canada) represents a massive investment opportunity for investors looking to rake in some cash at the same time as raising their profile onto the global stage. With the European football market alone worth an estimated €25.5 billion a year in revenue, it should come as no surprise that the sharks from across the Atlantic have taken a bite out of some of Europe’s biggest teams.
Some of the first pioneers in the American invasion were the Glazer family, America’s 63rd richest family, according to Forbes magazine. A few heads were turned in the UK when the Glazers completed a takeover of the Manchester-based giant in 2005 for an eye-watering $1.4 billion. Fifteen years later, the club’s value has skyrocketed to $3.81 billion.
In that time, the American owners have taken over £1 billion out of the club while being outspent by our rivals in the transfer window. Ed Woodward, who fails to land the manager’s first choice players repeatedly, seemingly still has the full backing of the Glazers, bizarrely.
2 Feast Followed By Famine
The Glazers’ takeover coincided with the last few years of the reign of arguably the best manager to grace the top flight of English football, Sir Alex Ferguson. In his record-breaking, probably never-to-be-repeated, 26-year reign as manager of a club, Ferguson won an incredible 13 Premier League titles, 2 Champions Leagues, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, and an assortment of other lesser trophies, making him by some distance the most decorated manager in English football history.
Since Ferguson retired at the age of 71 in 2013, the Glazer family have presided over a disastrous period in which United have not picked up a single league title. You can probably get some good odds on the club bucking this trend at an betting provider this season.
3 The Most Successful Club in English Football
When it comes to league titles, Manchester United has won more than any other English team with 20. However, the club does not look like hanging on to this accolade for much longer given the spectacular form of 2019/2020 champions Liverpool just down the M62 motorway. Having watched their eternal rivals surpass its total during years of disastrous mismanagement, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are now just one league title behind United and look well-placed to mount a serious title challenge again this season. Manchester United fans will be looking over their shoulder hoping that something can stop the juggernaut that is Liverpool at the moment.
These three facts are a good place to start if you want to become acquainted with Manchester United. Tune in for the next match to watch Rashford and co do their thing!