An alphabetical journey into the English Premier League: M

Staff writer John Neufeld ‘17 continues his examination of this year’s Premier League teams. This week features the teams starting with the letter M: Manchester City and Manchester United.

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Manchester City (The Citizens)

Overview: The club was founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton) before becoming Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and finally Manchester City in 1894. The team was most successful in the 1960’s and 1970’s when they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup, and the European Cup Winner’s Cup. After this, the team went through a period of decline, including relegation to the third tier of English football in 1998. In 2008, the team was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group and now has the sixth-highest revenue of any football teams. Recently, they won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.

Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad Stadium)

Notable players:

Yaya Toure, M (Current)

Sergio Aguero, F (Current)

Carlos Tevez, F (2009-2013)

Bert Trautmann, GK (1949-1964)

Alan Oakes, M (1959-1976)

Richard Dunne, D, (2000-2009)

Vincent Kompany, D (Present)

Erik Brook, F (1928-1939)

Colin Bell, M (1966-1979)

Fun facts:

Oldest player to play in the Premier League played on Man City, John Burridge (43 years, 4 months, and 26 days)

Only team to be relegated with a positive goal difference (1938)

Joe Mercer is their most decorated manager

Manchester United (The Red Devils)

Overview: Manchester United, the winningest English team of all time, was founded in Manchester in 1878 and originally called the Newton Heath LYR Football Club. They changed their name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to their current stadium in 1910. They have won a record 20 League Titles, a joint record of 12 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, and a record 21 FA Community Shields. They have also won 3 European Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winner’ Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. Alex Ferguson won 38 trophies with them between 1986-2013. United was the highest earning club in 2016 as well as the 3rd most valuable team. They have one of the biggest fan bases in the world and are sometimes described as a brand rather than a team. Their biggest rivalries are Arsenal, Leeds United, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

Stadium: Old Trafford

Notable players:

Wayne Rooney, F (Current)

Christiano Ronaldo, M (2003-2009)

Peter Schmeichel, GK (1991-1999)

Rio Ferdinand, D (2002-2014)

Bobby Charlton, F (1956-1973)

Ryan Giggs, M (1990-2014)

George Best, M (1963-1974)

Paul Scholes, M (1992-2013)

Denis Law, F (1962-1973)

Eric Cantona, F (1992-1997)

Ruud van Nistelrooy, F (2001-2006)

Fun facts:

First team in English football to win the Treble, the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League

They were the first English team to win the European Cup

Manchester United is on top of the all-time Premier League table by 250 points

 

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