Facts About Manchester United Nickname (Red Devils)


Manchester United Football Club was founded as Newton Health LYR Football Club in 1878 by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR) depot at Newton Heath and changed its name to "Manchester United" in 1902. It is found in Manchester City, England and is among the most competing Football Club in English Premier League. Old Trafford is the current Stadium of the club since 1910.
 Old Trafford stadium (Front Part)

Old Trafford Stadium (Inside)

During that time the team played games against other departments and railway companies, but on 20 November 1880, they competed in their first recorded match. They played the match against Bolton Wanderers and defeated 6-0, They had Green and Gold jersey, the colours of the railway company.

Newton Health joined the newly formed Football Alliance in 1888, therefore the club became a founding member of the combination (a regional football league). The newly formed Football Alliance ran for three seasons before being merged with the Football League. The club became independent of railway company in 1892 and droped the "LYR" from its name.

The club won its first English league championship in 1907–08. In 1910 the club moved from its old Bank Street ground into Old Trafford stadium, which has served as the team’s home ever since.

Sir Matthew Busby was appointed manager in 1945 and over the next 24 years steered the club to five English league and two FA Cup victories. The club had to contend with tragedy in 1958 when an aircraft carrying the team crashed in Munich, killing 23 of the 44 onboard. In the 1960s the team, rebuilt by Busby, included the highly talented attacking trio of Bobby Charlton, George Best, and Denis Law. In 1968 this team became the first English club to win the European Cup (now known as the Champions League) with a 4–1 victory over Benfica of Portugal in the final.


THE 'RED DEVILS' NICKNAME ORIGIN
'The Heathens' was the early Manchester United's nickname, because they came from Newton Health and were the first ever team to play on Sunday.

In 1930s English rugby club Salford has toured France, wearing red shirts and became known as "The Red Devils". The Manchester United Manager for that time, Sir Matt Busby’s era (Sir Alexander Matthew Busby) liked the sound of English rugby club's nickname 'Red Devils' thinking a devil was more intimidating to opponents than angelic babes(Busby babes).
With an average team age of 22, the British media bestowed upon them the nickname of ‘The Busby Babes‘, which is remembered more so because of the infamous Munich air crash that took the lives of some of the most talented English youth at that time.

The "Busby Babes" is the name given to the group of footballers, recruited and trained by Manchester United F.C. chief scout Joe Armstrong and assistant manager Jimmy Murphy, who progressed from the club's youth team into the first team under the management of Sir Matt Busby from the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s.

Sir Alexander Matthew Busby, was a Scottish football player and manager, who managed Manchester United between 1945 and 1969 and again for the second half of the 1970–71 season. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. His managerial records and longevity at the helm of Manchester United are surpassed only by Sir Alex Ferguson.


In the early 1960s, Sir Matt Busby preferred the name 'Red Devils' to either 'Heathens' or 'Busby Babes', as his young squad were also known. The club officially acknowledge Red Devils as their nickname. Since the 1970s, United have sold merchandise such as hats and scarves with devil logos on.

Nicknamed “the Red Devils” for its distinctive red jerseys, it is one of the richest and best-supported football clubs not only in England but in the entire world. The club has won the English top-division league championship a record 20 times and the Football Association (FA) Cup 12 times.

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