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Manchester United

Manchester United is a giant club with a giant stadium, a collector of championships, and a global brand that is loved all over the world and hated all over England. They have also been, by their standards, a bit of a mess lately.

LOCATION: Manchester, which is two and a half hours from London’s Euston station

CONTACT: manutd.com, 0161 868 8000, #MUFC

NICKNAMES: The Red Devils, Man United, or simply United

History

United have won major trophies in multiple decades, but they have not actually had a consistent record of massive success. They were founded in 1878 as Newton Heath FC, changed their name to the current one in 1902, won the league twice and FA Cup once by 1909… and then didn’t win anything for 40 years. They almost went bankrupt in 1931. But in…

Rivalries

Fans disagree on who the bigger rival is. Manchester City, whom Ferguson once referred to as “noisy neighbors,” has obviously become a major force. But Liverpool, so often the great rival for trophies, is probably still the biggest. Leeds United was a great rival in the ’60s and ’70s, so older fans will still resent them as…

Women's Team

For some reason it took until 2018, but they finally have a women’s team. Manchester United started that year in the Women’s Championship at tier 2—and they won it! So they are now in the Women’s Super League, with home games at the quite remote Leigh Sports Village, where the men’s youth teams also…

Songs

“Glory Glory Man United” is a mainstay, but there are many others. Still, opposing fans like to taunt the Old Trafford atmosphere as resembling a library, and the club has even tried to put in a “singing section” at some games. They will also do a looping, repetitious “Bring out United” just before the teams come…

Stadium

Old Trafford, also known as the “Theatre of Dreams,” is a palace of English football. It holds 74,994 people, making it the biggest club stadium in the country. Named for the neighborhood it’s in, it has been their home since 1909—although the stadium now certainly bears no resemblance to what it was then. It’s basically three very large sides…

Going a Game at Manchester United

GETTING THERE: It couldn’t be easier. You go to any Metrolink train station in the center—there is one at the main Piccadilly station—and take a train bound for Altrincham. It stops at Old Trafford, at which point the entire train will empty out. It’s about a 10-minute walk from there and the definition of “you can’t miss it.” A return ticket is…

Manchester United Tickets

Best of luck. Along with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea, these are among the toughest tickets in the country to get. They have made club membership a requirement; these range from £20 to £60…and then you can pay £41 to £53 for tickets, which you probably can’t get anyway. If you do, they will probably be low behind a goal. And you will definitely never get an away ticket to see them play somewhere else.

Scoring one or two seats for a home game against a lowly team is one thing. Getting more than that together will only happen at Cup games against nobodies, and getting anything against a big club almost certainly won’t happen. This means you have to go with hospitality packages or the secondary market, in which you’re on your own.

Groundhopper Guides is an authorized reseller of several hospitality packages at United, the most popular of which is in the Stretford End.

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