Manchester United

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About the club

About the club
Season 2012/13: 
1st place
The Red Devils
Old Trafford, Manchester
Away end: 
South-East Quadrant
Top scorer 12/13: 
Robin van Persie
Ryan Giggs (caretaker manager)
Home kit: 
Red shirts, white shorts, white socks
Away kit: 
Navy blue and black shirts, navy blue shorts, navy blue and black socks
* Premier League: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1967, 1965, 1957, 1956, 1952, 1911, 1908 * FA Cup: 2004, 1999, 1996, 1994, 1990, 1985, 1983, 1977, 1963, 1948, 1909 * League Cup: 2009, 2006, 1992 * European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 2008, 1999, 1968 * European Cup Winners’ Cup: 1991 * UEFA Super Cup: 1991 * Inter-Continental Cup 1999


Around and about Manchester United

1. Some people say that Manchester is England’s second city. Is this true?
The people of Birmingham certainly don’t think so. Birmingham is normally described as England’s second city. However, a recent BBC opinion poll showed that more people consider Manchester to be England’s second city.

2. Why?
Manchester has a great deal to offer in terms of music, nightlife and business. Manchester Airport is the UK’s busiest outside London, and many countries have consulates in Manchester, reflecting the city’s international importance. They include Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, Poland and Sweden. The British Council also has offices in Manchester.

3. So which is bigger: Manchester or Birmingham?
It’s not easy to say. The city of Birmingham has around twice the population of Manchester.  Manchester has just 450,000 inhabitants, making it only the sixth biggest in England. But all the towns and cities around Manchester, what is called Greater Manchester, have a population of 2.56 million, which is more than the West Midlands area around Birmingham. So it is the UK’s second largest conurbation (after London).

4. What sort of people live in Manchester?
Like a lot of UK cities, it is quite cosmopolitan. There is a lot of religious diversity.  It has the second largest Jewish population in the UK after London and Greater Manchester has one of the largest Muslim populations in the UK. There is a small Chinatown  in the city centre and Manchester holds one of the largest St Patrick’s Day parades in Europe outside of Ireland.

5. Who is Alex Ferguson, and why is he so famous?
Alex Ferguson has been Manchester United’s manager since 1986, and has been in this role longer than any other Premier League manager. United were having difficulties when Ferguson took over, but with Ferguson as manager, they have been Premier League champions 11 times out of 16 since the Premier League began in 1992. He was made a knight (Sir Alex Ferguson) by the Queen for his services to football.

6. Is Manchester United’s stadium also used for cricket matches?
A lot of people get mixed up about this. United’s ground is called Old Trafford. Five minutes away, there is another large sports ground, but this one is used for cricket, not football. But confusingly, the cricket ground is also called Old Trafford! But they are not the same building.

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What do you remember about Manchester United?

Read the statements about Manchester United and decide if they are true or false.


Task 2

Which of the following famous Australians were actually born in Manchester?

  • Kylie Minogue
  • The Bee Gees
  • Mel Gibson
  • Shane Warne 

To find out more about city of Manchester, look at the entry for Manchester City.

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United for life....GGMU

Why is Manchester United not interested in buying African players to build their talents as other clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and many others do?


I support and love Manchester UNITED

I am fan Arsenal. Arsenal is very good football.

What does it mean: "away end"?

Hi chriswar

The 'away end' is the area of the stadium where fans of the visiting team sit.


The Premier Skills Team

Rich, thank you for your help.

Well, I finished, my homework lol, was a good excersice for me, I like the manchester united team, I am from Mexico, but now it has the chicharito player, and maybe he doesn't be the best player but He has heart and give all in the pitch, and he has played just few minust, but enough time to score some importants goals to the team, and a team wins with goals, and if someone can be at the exact moment and the exact position close to scored where the ball which goes out, it finish being a goal.
Well like a said first I finished my homework, and if i don't wrong the beeges were actually born in Chorlton, Manchester, England.
Sorry if I write wrong the words or maybe I did'nt give you the idea, I just learning step by step, and thank you for this web page, it's a great web page for students.

I agree with you, Chicharito is a great player, to me he is even better than Welbeck, but Welbeck plays more time :(, Chicharo Reminds me a former United player, Solskjær, lol!!!!!!! what a great player, even his best game he came from the bench, remember the UCL against Bayer far far away in 1998–99!!!!! =) So is nothing new, a great player coming from the bench jijijijijiji