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Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at Old Trafford in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The club was a founding member of the Premier League in 1992, and has played in the top division of English football since 1938, with the exception of the 1974–75 season. 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 are the reigning English champions and Club World Cup holders, having won the 2008–09 Premier League and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. The club is one of the most successful in the history of English football and has won 22 major honours since Alex Ferguson became manager in November 1986. In 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1. They won a second European Cup as part of a Treble in 1999, before winning their third in 2008. The club holds the joint record for the most English league titles with 18 and also holds the record for the most FA Cup wins with 11.

Since the late 1990s, the club has been one of the richest in the world with the highest revenue of any football club, and is currently ranked as the richest and most valuable club in any sport, with an estimated value of around £1.136 billion (€1.319 billion / $1.870 billion) as of April 2009. Manchester United was a founding member of the now defunct G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs, and its replacement, the European Club Association.

Alex Ferguson has been manager of the club since 6 November 1986, joining from Aberdeen after the departure of Ron Atkinson. The current club captain is Gary Neville, who succeeded Roy Keane in November 2005.


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Nation - England

Year Founded - 1878

Status - Professional

Reputation - Worldwide

Chairman Status - Loves the club

Legends – Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, Duncan Edwards, Dennis Law, Sir Matt Busby, George Best, Eric Cantona

Icons – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Scholes, Steve Bruce, Gary Neville, Mark Hughes, Brian Kidd, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Peter Schmeichel, David Beckham

Favoured Personnel – Wayne Rooney, Brian McClair, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo

Fierce Rivals - Liverpool, Man City, Leeds

Other Rivals - Arsenal, Bolton, Chelsea

Finances - Secure

Average Ticket Price - £39.00

Average Season Ticket Price - £730

Season Ticket Holders - 58349

Estimated Value - £362million (Loan Debt: £692million)

Continental Competition - European Champions Cup

Media Prediction - 1st


Stadium - Old Trafford (Manchester, 76,212 all seater)

Training Facilities - Top training facilities

Youth Facilities - State of the Art + Youth Academy

Transfer Budget - £60mil for Title Challenge, £74mil for Winner



1. Edwin Van der Sar

12. Ben Foster

29. Tomasz Kuszczak


2. Gary Neville

3. Patrice Evra

5. Rio Ferdinand

6. Wes Brown

15. Nemanja Vidic

20. Fabio

21. Rafael

22. John O'Shea

23. Jonny Evans


4. Owen Hargreaves

8. Anderson

11. Ryan Giggs

13. Park Ji-Sung

14. Zoran Tosic

16. Michael Carrick

17. Nani

18. Paul Scholes

24. Darren Flecther

25. Antonio Valencia

26. Gabriel Obertan

28. Darron Gibson


7. Michael Owen

9. Dimitar Berbatov

10. Wayne Rooney

19. Danny Welbeck

27. Federico Macheda

Squad Analysis


Certainly not the best area in the squad, but definitely not the worst. In the squad there is Edwin Van der Sar, who is more than capable for the first season, Ben Foster, probably the best back up out of the 2, and Tomasz Kuszczcak, who I personally recommend that you sell. There is no reason to buy another keeper in the first season as Edwin Van der Sar is good enough. Ben Foster will probably be good enough for the second season, however I recommend that a young, talented keeper is brought in for the later seasons. Someone like Igor Akinfeev would be perfect.

Potential Buys - Hugo Lloris (£20 Million), Igor Akinfeev (£20 Million)

Youth Option - Alphonse Areola (£100k)

Full backs

Here you have one of the best full backs on the game, Patrice Evra. You also have the young Fabio as back up and a eventual replacement, according to coach reports. There is no need for investment in the left back area. However at right back, you have the ageing Gary Neville. Wes Brown, who is naturally a CB, John O'Shea and the under developed Rafael. While there is enough to cover you, none are of enough quality in my opinion, bar Rafael, who has the potential to be great RB. I suggest investing in a new RB, Rafinha and Jerome Boateng are good enough.

Potential Buys - Rafinha (£13 Million), Jerome Boateng (£15 Million)

Youth Option - N/A - You have Fabio and Rafael

Centre Backs

A really strong area of the squad. It consists of arguably two of the best CBs in the game, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. They should start most games for you. There is great cover in Jonny Evans, a ready made replacement for either of Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown and John O'Shea. All are more than capable of playing CB for Man Utd. No need for investment here in the early seasons.

Potential Buys - Cristian Chivu (£25 Million), Mamadou Sakho (£12 Million)

Youth Option - Mamadou Sakho (£12 Million), Nicolas Otamendi (£3 Million)


The winger area for Manchester United is obviously not as strong as it once was, this down to the lack of a certain 'Ronaldo'. While Antonio Valencia and Nani have ability, it isn't ability to play at the highest level. Zoran Tosic can become a good back up with training. Ji-Sung Park, in my opinion, is just not good enough, I recommend getting rid of him. Bringing in a new winger should be one of your highest priorities. I personally brought in David Silva, and I suggest the same. However people like Franck Ribery and David Silva could be available at the right price. Hatem Ben Arfa and Ashley Young are good options.

Potential Buys - David Silva (£28 Million), Franck Ribery (£30 Million?)

Youth Option - N/A - Zoran Tosic, Gabriel Obertan and even Nani are good enough.

Centre Midfield

Another strong area of the squad. Consisting of Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes. I recommend using Michael Carrick, and when he's fit Owen Hargreaves. Owen Hargreaves should be used as the more defensive one, and Michael Carrick the more attacking. Paul Scholes offers great experience and quality when called upon. Darren Fletcher is also first team quality, as is Anderson who has potential to be a consistent starter, so they provide great depth and certainly should be kept. However the CM lacks a world class player, someone like Daniele De Rossi or Jérémy Toulalan would end that.

Potential Buys - Daniele De Rossi (£25 Million)

Youth Option - Sandro (£11 Million), Axel Witsel (£10 Million?)


With Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov you have 2 top quality strikers who will score many goals in the first few seasons. There is also Michael Owen who will also score goals, whether he's starting or coming off the bench. In the reserves there is some fantastic potential, Davide Petrucci, Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda all have the ability, if trained well and given experience, that they can all become future Man Utd starters. There is no need to buy a new young striker. But if you'd like to bring in a first team striker, Giuseppe Rossi is a great option.

Potential Buys - Giuseppe Rossi (£13 Million), Edin Dzeko (£15 Million)

Youth Option - N/A You have Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda and Davide Petrucci

Promising Youngsters

Ravel Morrison

Federico Macheda

Danny Welbeck



Adem Ljajic

Davide Petrucci

Here is the best talent at the club, but I can't really talk about how well they turn out, because we're only on the demo. But I can confirm that all these players have a PA of *SPOILER* Click to here to reveal Current and Potential Ability value spoiler

There is also people like Zoran Tosic, Jonny Evans and Gabriel Obertan who can become Manchester United quality.

Starting XI and Formation

I personally think the best formation for Manchester United, is a simple 4-4-2, with natural wingers.

I also recommend this Starting XI

Team instructions are entirley down to you, and how you want to play. I personally like to play with short passing, and a slow tempo. This allows me to keep the ball for long amounts of time, and wait for the perfect chance to slip the strikers through. But that's just me.

In Conclusion

Winning the title in your first season is definitely a target you should be meeting. You have a squad which is good enough with a few additons. My recommendation is to bring in a new RB (I got Rafinha), and new winger (I got David Silva), and then it's your decision whether you want to strengthen elsewhere. Goalkeeper, CM, and ST could be improved with the money. (The only other player I bought was Giuseppe Rossi)

The above was originally written by jonahno6 from the Good Player and Team Guide forum on the Sports Interactive Community Forums. All credit for the above goes to him. As Football Manager Wiki is available to anyone to edit as they like, I can not guarantee that the below is the exact work of the original writer.

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