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  • 19th century

    • 1878: The club was formed as Newton Heath in 1878, joined the Football League in 1892, and has played in the top division of English football since 1938 with the exception of the 1974–75 season. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1878: During its days as Newton Heath, the club played in a number of different colours, the most recognisable being the yellow and green halved shirts worn from 1878 to 1892, and then again between 1894 and 1896; this strip was revived as an away kit in the early 1990s. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1878: The Heathens remained at their North Road ground for fifteen years from 1878 to 1893, a year after entering the Football League, before moving to a new home at Bank Street in nearby Clayton. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1890s: The Manchester City rivalry dates back to the Newton Heath era of the 1890s and has remained fierce due to both clubs being in the same division for much of their history. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • September 1, 1890: He made his debut in a friendly at Newton Heath on 1 September 1890 and must have spoken to the opposition management as he left on a transfer to Newton Heath at his own request at the end of the month. - Fred Jones (footballer born 1867), Wikipedia.
    • 1893: They played on a small, dilapidated field on North Road for 15 years before moving to Bank Street in the nearby town of Clayton in 1893. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • December 24, 1894: He made his debut in a 5-2 home defeat to Newton Heath on 24 December 1894, becoming a regular from March 1895. - Jim Mason (footballer), Wikipedia.
  • 20th century

    • 1900s

      • 1903: Mangnall was charged with trying to get the club into the First Division, but fell just short of that target at the first attempt, finishing third in Division Two at the end of the 1903–04 season. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 28, 1903: Ernest Mangnall was appointed as club secretary after James West resigned on 28 September 1903. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • December 19, 1903: Duckworth came up through the Manchester United youth system and played his first senior level game for the club on 19 December 1903 against Gainsborough Trinity. - Dick Duckworth (footballer born 1882), Wikipedia.
      • 1907: The new boys from across town were ineligible to play until New Year's Day 1907, due to their suspension, so it was left until the 1907–08 season for them to make a proper impact on United's bid for the title. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1909: The most notable exception to this is the shirt that the team wore in the 1909 FA Cup Final against Bristol City, which was white with a red "V" sash. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1910s

      • February 19, 1910: They played their first game there on 19 February 1910 against Liverpool, but lost 4–3 having thrown away a 3–0 lead. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • February 19, 1910: The inaugural game was played on 19 February 1910 against Liverpool F.C., and resulted in a 4–3 win for the visitors. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 25, 1911: The match was played on 25 September 1911 between Manchester United, winners of the 1910–11 Football League, and Swindon Town, winners of the 1910–11 Southern League. - 1911 FA Charity Shield, Wikipedia.
      • November 22, 1913: He made his debut for Sheffield United against Manchester United at Bramall Lane on 22 November 1913; in a match the Blades won 2-0. - George Utley, Wikipedia.
    • 1920s

      • 1925: They were promoted again in 1925, but struggled to get into the top half of the table, and were relegated again in 1931. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1930s

      • September 10, 1930: Notable early results were Huddersfield Town beating Manchester United 6–0 away on 10 September 1930, Blackpool 10–1 at home on 13 December 1930 and Liverpool 8–0 at home on 10 November 1934. - History of Huddersfield Town F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1938: They guaranteed their place in the top flight for after the war by finishing in 14th in the 1938–39 season. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1940s

    • 1950s

      • 1952: Charlie Mitten had fled to Colombia in search of a better salary, but the remainder of United's old heads managed to win the First Division title back in 1952. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1953: The boy from Dudley in the West Midlands made his United début at the age of just 16 back in 1953. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1956: When United won the league in 1956, they had the highest average home attendance in the league, a record that had been held by Newcastle United for the previous few years. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • February 6, 1958: The Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958 claimed the lives of eight players – Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam "Billy" Whelan – and another fifteen passengers, including United staff members Walter Crickmer, Bert Whalley and Tom Curry. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1960s

      • 1960s: Busby rebuilt the team throughout the early 1960s, signing players such as Denis Law and Pat Crerand, all the while nurturing his new generation of youngsters. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1963: The team won the FA Cup in 1963, albeit finishing in 19th place in the First Division. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1964: Scotland Denis Law – 1964 - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1964: The FA Cup triumph seemed to reinvigorate the players, who helped the club to second place in 1964, and then went one better by winning the league in 1965 and 1967. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1964: Average attendances at the club have been higher than any other team in English football for all but six seasons since 1964–65. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1966: England Bobby Charlton – 1966 - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1968: Northern Ireland George Best – 1968 - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1968: The United third kit is traditionally all-blue in homage to the kit that the 1968 European Cup was won in, direct reference to which was made with the club's 2008–09 third kit for the 40th anniversary of 1968. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1969: Matt Busby resigned as manager in 1969 and was replaced by the reserve team coach and former United player, Wilf McGuinness. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1970s

      • October 2, 1971: They finally lost the top spot in Division One in a memorable encounter with Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 2, 1971, The Blades losing out 2-0 on that occasion. - History of Sheffield United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1972: Tommy Docherty became manager at the end of 1972. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1973: Denis Law had moved to Manchester City in the summer of 1973, and ended up scoring the goal that many people say relegated United, and politely refused to celebrate the goal with his team mates. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • October 13, 1973: Without the distraction of European football removed, hopes where high that Derby would enter the 1973-74 season as title contenders, but the increasingly fractious relationship between Clough and the board came to a head following a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 13, 1973 and Clough and Taylor resigned their position as Derby County manager. - History of Derby County F.C. (1967–present), Wikipedia.
      • 1975: Admiral took over in 1975, and became the first company to place their logo on a Manchester United shirt in 1976. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1977: Manchester United Ladies FC was founded in 1977 as Manchester United Supporters Club Ladies. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1977: Dave Sexton replaced Docherty as manager in the summer of 1977, and made the team play in a more defensive formation. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1980s

      • 1982: The first and longest-running was Sharp Electronics, who sponsored the club from 1982 to 2000, which was one of the lengthiest and most lucrative sponsorship deals in English football. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November, 1986: The club is one of the most successful in the history of English football and has won 26 major honours since Alex Ferguson became manager in November 1986. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November 6, 1986: Alex Ferguson has been manager of the club since 6 November 1986, joining from Aberdeen after the departure of Ron Atkinson. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November, 1986: The poor form continued into the following season, and with United on the edge of the First Division's relegation zone by the beginning of November 1986, Atkinson was sacked. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November 8, 1986: Although his first match in charge, against Oxford United on 8 November 1986, resulted in a 2–0 defeat, Ferguson guided the club to an 11th place finish in the league. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 18, 1987: Manchester United also made a bid to sign Wales striker Andy Jones from Port Vale, but the player instead opted for Charlton Athletic in a £300,000 deal. - Manchester United F.C. season 1987–88, Wikipedia.
      • 1989: Meanwhile, events were taking place off the pitch around the turn of the decade, as chairman Martin Edwards attempted to offload the club to property tycoon Michael Knighton in 1989. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1990s

      • 1990: Many of Ferguson's signings did not reach the expectations of the fans, and the manager was reportedly on the verge of being sacked at the beginning of 1990, with many believing that defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round would seal his fate. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1991: The Cup Winners' Cup triumph allowed the team to play in the 1991 UEFA Super Cup, in which they beat European Cup holders Red Star Belgrade 1–0 at Old Trafford. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November, 1992: Alex Ferguson recognised United's need for a striker as a foil for Mark Hughes and Brian McClair, and had tried – and failed – a number of times to sign Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst, but when Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson rang Martin Edwards in November 1992 to enquire about the availability of Denis Irwin, the conversation quickly turned to Cantona. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • July, 1993: After the signing of Roy Keane from Nottingham Forest in July 1993, United won a second consecutive title for the first time since 1957 the following year, before winning the FA Cup to complete the first "Double" in the club's history. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • January 20, 1994: That same year, however, the club went into mourning following the death of former manager and club director Matt Busby, who died on 20 January 1994. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1997: They started the 1997–98 season well, but they lost five matches after Christmas and finished in second place, one point behind double-winners Arsenal. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1998: The 1998–99 season for Manchester United was the most successful season in English club football history as they became the only English team to win The Treble – winning the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in the same season. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1998: 1998–99 - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1999: They won a second European Cup as part of a Treble in 1999, and a third in 2008, before finishing runner-up in 2009. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1999: England David Beckham – 1999 - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1999: In the final match of that season, the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final they defeated Bayern Munich in what is considered one of the greatest comebacks ever witnessed, going into injury time a goal behind and then scoring twice to win 2–1. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
  • 21st century


    • 2000

      • February 11, 2000: Vodafone took over in an initial four-year £30 million deal on 11 February 2000, with the sponsorship to begin at the start of the 2000–01 season. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 2000: United won the league in 2000 and 2001, but the press saw those seasons as failures as the club failed to regain the European Cup. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 30, 2000: Rumours are circulating that Aston Villa are about to buy back Dwight Yorke from Manchester United, two years after he left them in a £12.6million deal. - 2000–01 in English football, Wikipedia.

    • 2001

      • 2001: They were officially brought under the banner of Manchester United FC at the start of the 2001–02 season, but they were controversially disbanded before the start of the 2004–05 season for financial reasons. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • October 23, 2001: Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos made a sensational save penalty to Ruud Van Nistelrooy at 65th-minute between Manchester United and Olympiacos FC for Champions League, in Old Trafford. - Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Wikipedia.

    • 2002

      • February 28, 2002: Sir Alex Ferguson changes his mind about retiring as Manchester United manager at the end of the season and signs a new contract which will keep him at the club for at least another three seasons. - 2001–02 in English football, Wikipedia.

    • 2004

      • 2004: The 2004–05 season was characterised by a failure to score goals, mainly due to the injury of striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and United finished the season trophyless and in third place in the league. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.

    • 2005

      • February 1, 2005: Morientes made his debut for the club against rivals Manchester United and scored his first Liverpool goal on 1 February 2005 against Charlton Athletic. - Fernando Morientes, Wikipedia.
      • May 12, 2005: Off the pitch, the main story was the possibility of the club being taken over and on 12 May 2005, American businessman Malcolm Glazer acquired a controlling interest in the club through his investment vehicle Red Football Ltd. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November 23, 2005: However, on 23 November 2005, Vodafone announced that they would be ending the deal in May 2006 in order to concentrate on their sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November, 2005: The current club captain is Gary Neville, who succeeded Roy Keane in November 2005. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.

    • 2006

      • April 6, 2006: The AIG deal was announced by Manchester United chief executive David Gill on 6 April 2006, and is worth a British record £56.5 million, to be paid over four years (£14.1 million a year). - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • August 25, 2006: It was revealed that Manchester United watched the talented Norwegian during a UEFA Cup qualifying game against Drogheda United. - Kristofer Hæstad, Wikipedia.
      • September, 2006: The deal became the most valuable sponsorship deal in the world in September 2006 after the renegotiation of the £15 million-a-year deal Juventus had with oil firm Tamoil. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November 7, 2006: Southend beat Leeds United in the third round of the League Cup and the draw for the fourth round set up a tie against trophy holders and Premier League Champions Manchester United on 7 November 2006. - History of Southend United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November 7, 2006: Flahavan put in a man of the match display against Manchester United in the League Cup on 7 November 2006, making a string of saves. - Darryl Flahavan, Wikipedia.

    • 2007


    • 2008


    • 2009

      • January 21, 2009: It was announced that AIG would not be renewing their sponsorship of the club at the end of the deal in May 2010. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • June 3, 2009: American reinsurance company Aon was named as the club's principal sponsor on 3 June 2009, with their sponsorship of the club taking effect from the beginning of the 2010–11 season. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November 28, 2009: In the following game on 28 November 2009 against Manchester United in the Premier League at Fratton Park, Boateng converted a penalty to draw the game level at 1-1 before half time. - Kevin-Prince Boateng, Wikipedia.
      • December 31, 2009: The decade draws to a close with Chelsea two points ahead of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League. - 2009–10 in English football, Wikipedia.

    • 2010

      • January 3, 2010: Manchester United suffered a shock 1–0 defeat to fierce rivals Leeds United at home in the FA Cup Third Round. - Manchester United F.C., Wikipedia.
      • February 28, 2010: Manchester United seal the first major silverware of the season by beating Aston Villa 2-1 in the Football League Cup final at Wembley, retaining the trophy. - 2009–10 in English football, Wikipedia.
      • February 26, 2010: Van der Sar signed a one-year extension to his current contract with Manchester United on 26 February 2010, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2010–11 season. - Edwin van der Sar, Wikipedia.






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