The Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football (soccer) franchise that dates to 1878 and which was in 1968 the first English football club to win the European Cup. Founded as the Newton LYR Football Club, the name changed to Manchester United in 1902.
Manchester United, often abbreviated as ‘Man U’, is sometimes described as the ‘New York Yankees’ of English Football, with 20 league titles, 11 FA cups, and three European cups, all records for English football teams. Manchester United has been said to be the most valuable professional sports franchise in the world, with an estimated worth of slightly less than $2 billion.
Manchester boasts one of the largest cult followings of any sports franchise, with an estimated 50 million fanatical followers worldwide and scores of fan clubs across the globe. It is considered by some estimates to be the most valuable franchise in professional sports, with an estimated worth of $3 billion.