Cristiano Ronaldo helped Man Utd to their most recent Champions League crown in 2008 (Image: BRADLEY ORMESHER)
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Cantona’s collar, Rooney’s Derby-day bicycle kick and Beckham’s halfway line effort. If a ‘Premier League: Greatest Moments’ list were to be compiled, no club would feature more than Manchester United.
With a record 20 top flight titles, 13 of which fall within the Premier League era, United have been one of the biggest football clubs in the world for quite some time.
This is, in large part, thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson, a man whom to many is the greatest manger to ever grace the game.
The fiery Scot managed to succeed where other Premier League managerial legends have failed, and created multiple title winning sides between his first championship in 1992/93 and his last two decades later in 2012/13.
That season was also Sir Alex’s final one in the dugout; after occupying the Old Trafford hot-seat for 26 years he called time on his reign as the club's longest-serving manager, bowing out in the only way he knew how – as a winner.
Their domestic dominance can largely be put down to boasting some of the most skilled footballers British football has ever produced, never before or after the ‘Class of 92’ has an English academy overseen such a large influx of world class talent all at once.
The Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and David Beckham proved to be a sturdy foundation in which the Red Devils would build some of their greatest triumphs on. Three of those six, (Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs) would spend their whole playing careers at the club.
Robin van Persie's goals fired Manchester United to their last Premier League title in 2013
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Sir Alex was always a shrewd operator in the transfer market, but there aren’t many deals that had as much of an instant impact as acquiring the services of Robin Van Persie from rivals Arsenal.
With the Dutchman nearing the end of his contract at the Gunners, United swooped – signing the striker for £22.5 million. His goals proved to be the difference for United as they got their 20th title over the line in his first season.
United have also tasted European success on three separate occasions, twice under Sir Alex. Most memorably in 1999, where Manchester United became the only club of the Premier League era to secure a league, FA Cup and Champions League treble.
Sir Alex Ferguson led United to the Treble in 1999
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1-0 down in added time, two quick fire goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meant United managed to snatch European success from Bayern Munich’s grasp.
They would go on to lift club football’s most coveted prize once more in 2008, a final mostly remembered for John Terry’s infamous penalty shootout slip on the rain-sodden Moscow turf that proved costly for Chelsea, United’s opponents on the night.
Being the global brand that they are, Man Utd became one of the few English sides to compete and win the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008. They proved victorious against Ecuadorean outfit LDU Quito in the final, a result which saw them oversee an 11-year spell as the only English side to win the trophy, before Liverpool won the competition in 2019.
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Eric Cantona inspired Manchester United to four Premier League titles in six years in the 1990s
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Manchester United and silverware go hand in hand, here is their staggering collection in full:
First Division/Premier League x20 (record) : 1907/08, 1910/11, 1951/52, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1964/65, 1966/67, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13
European Cup/Champions League x3: 1967/68, 1998/99, 2007/08
FIFA Club World Cup x1: 2008
FA Cup x12: 1908/09, 1947/48, 1962/63, 1976/77, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1989/90, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04, 2015/16
League Cup/EFL Cup x5: 1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2016/17
Europa League x1: 2016/17
Manchester United's most recent trophy is the 2017 Europa League
European Cup Winners' Cup x1: 1990/91
Intercontinental Cup x1: 1999/00
Charity Shield/Community Shield x21 (record) : 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965 (shared), 1967 (shared), 1977 (shared), 1983, 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
European Super Cup x1: 1991
Second Division x2: 1935/36, 1974/75
FA Youth Cup x10: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1964, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2011