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How was Manchester United created? Get to know the history of one of the greatest teams in the world, see how its humble beginnings were.

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Manchester United is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in the world.

The club’s rich history, iconic players, and legendary managers have made it a household name. But how did Manchester United come to be? What were its origins and early years like?

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The story of Manchester United’s creation is a fascinating one that intertwines with the industrial revolution, local communities, and passionate individuals.

This article will delve into the club’s humble beginnings as a railway team. And trace its journey to becoming one of the most famous football clubs in history.

The origins: Newton Heath LYR Football Club

Manchester United, one of the most successful football clubs in history. Has its roots in a team called Newton Heath LYR Football Club.

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This team was formed in 1878 by workers at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot in Newton Heath, Manchester.

The team played their first game against Bolton Wanderers’ reserve squad on November 16th of that year.

Initially playing in green and gold uniforms, the team struggled financially and almost folded in the early years.

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However, they managed to secure funding from local businessmen and continued to play under various names including “Newton Heath FC” and “Newton Heath LYR”.

In 1902, after facing bankruptcy once again, a wealthy local brewery owner named John Henry Davies stepped in to save the club.

Davies renamed the club Manchester United and invested heavily to ensure its survival. The rest is history as Manchester United went on to become one of the most iconic football clubs of all time.

With numerous league titles, domestic cups, European trophies and legendary players like George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton making their mark on Old Trafford.

The Busby Babes era and tragedy

Manchester United Football Club was founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club. By the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath.

The club initially played in a green-and-gold strip before changing to red-and-white in 1902.

The team became Manchester United on April 26, 1902, when they entered the Football League’s Second Division alongside eight other teams.

In their second season, they won promotion to the First Division for the first time.


However, it wasn’t until the arrival of Sir Matt Busby as manager in 1945 that Manchester United began their rise to greatness.

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Under his guidance, they won five league titles and reached three European Cup finals between 1945 and 1969. Including becoming the first English club to win it in 1968.

This period is known as ‘The Busby Babes era’, named after a young side that included talented players such as Duncan Edwards and Bobby Charlton.

However, tragedy struck on February 6th,1958. When a plane carrying them back from a European Cup game against Red Star Belgrade crashed during take-off at Munich airport.

Eight players were killed instantly while two more died later from their injuries. This event remains one of English football’s most significant tragedies ever since and still remembered with reverence today.