Manchester United are one of the most popular teams in the word. They have become more than a football team over the years. They have created a brand which is instantly recognisable to those who may never have watched a full 90 minutes of football.
This quiz thoroughly tests your knowledge of Manchester United. Although the first questions are definitely more suitable for beginners, as the quiz goes on it will prove a challenge. Looking at famous players, controversies, statistics and records from across the years, can you keep up?
Where do Manchester United play their home games?
An easy warm up question, Manchester United play their home games at Old Trafford, and have done so for over 100 years. Manchester United’s first game at Old Trafford was way back in 1910, when they played a team who they would call their rivals for the next century; Liverpool.
Which player kung-fu kicked a Crystal Palace fan in January 1995?
Cantona’s kung-Fu kick has become one of his most iconic moments, and one which will live long in the memory of Manchester United, football, and sports fans across the world. Cantona was being taunted by a fan and lunged studs first over the advertising boards. Although this was of course unacceptable and Cantona received a punishment, it is something which will surely have crossed the mind of many players up and down the leagues when playing against hostile crowds!
How many Premier League titles have Manchester United won?
Manchester United hold many records in English football, one of these being their premier league titles record. This impressive record, coupled with their successes in the FA cup, has led Manchester United to being the record holders in another competition; the FA Community Shield.
Who became Manchester United’s record signing in 2002?
Rio Ferdinand was signed from Leeds United, initially on a five-year deal, in 2002. He became not only Manchester United’s most expensive signing at the time but also the most expensive British footballer at the time. He played over 300 games for the club, and became a mainstay throughout a very successful period in the club’s history. The fee, said to be in the high £20 millions in terms of the basic fee, of course has been dwarfed many times not only by Manchester United but by many other teams across the Premier League and Europe since.
Which famous player was given the nickname ‘El Beatle’?
The answer is of course George Best, who was given the nickname by the media after an away game against Benfica in the European Cup. This was perhaps one of his most memorable appearances for Manchester United. Best described the night in his Autobiography; ‘On nights like that, good players become great players and great players become gods... It was surreal stuff. I've seen other great teams play like that but to be a part of such an experience was unreal’.
In which year did the club now known as Manchester United form?
Manchester United can trace their history as far back as 1878. A lot has changed over the years of course, ranging from the kit, the club crest, and their stadium. The club were originally named Newton Heath LYR F.C, and played as amateurs before turning professional in 1885. Not long after, they joined the Football League system, and started playing under the name of ‘Manchester United’ in 1902.
Which club did Manchester United sign Roy Keane from?
Roy Keane was signed from Nottingham Forest in 1993. He spent over a decade at Old Trafford, and became known as a no-nonsense box-to-box midfielder. Altogether he amassed 326 appearances for Manchester United, before ending his career at Celtic.
George Best and Bryan Robson are amongst the players to wear which number shirt for Manchester United?
Best and Robson of course wore the number 7 shirt during their stays at Manchester United. Often worn by the ‘stand-out’ midfielder of the club at the time, other famous faces to have worn the prized number 7 shirt at Old Trafford include David Beckham and Cristiano Rolando.
Who is Manchester United’s top goal scorer?
Wayne Rooney holds the goalscoring record at Manchester United, having scored a total of 253 goals for the club. He averaged 0.45 goals per game, and beat club legends such as Bobby Charlton (249 goals in all competitions) Denis Law (237 goals in all competitions) and Jack Rowley (211 goals in all competitions). Altogether, Rooney scored 183 league goals, 22 in the FA cup, 5 in the league cup, 39 in European competitions, and 4 goals in other competitions.
Which club did Manchester United buy Antonio Valencia from?
Antonio Valencia was signed in 2009 from Wigan Athletic, around the same time as Cristiano Ronaldo departed Old Trafford for the sunnier climates of Madrid. Given the number 25 shirt, Valencia has become well known amongst Manchester United fans, and indeed football fans around the world, for his abilities down the right-hand side of the pitch.
Who did Alex Ferguson succeed as manager?
For many fans who first started following football in the Premier League era, life before Alex Ferguson is an unthinkable concept. However, fans who followed Manchester United in the first half of the 1980’s will of course remember Ron Atkinson’s tenure at Old Trafford. Nicknamed ‘Big Ron’, Atkinson was manager from 1981 to 1986, after which he managed teams including West Bromwich Albion, Athletico Madrid, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
Who was the first player from outside the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland to lift the FA Cup as captain?
Eric Cantona is the correct answer again. This time, more for his achievements than for his controversies. Cantona stepped in as captain for the 1996 FA Cup final against Liverpool, as regular first team captain at the time, Steve Bruce, was struggling with injuries. This day also marked another achievement not just for Cantona but also for Manchester United as a whole, as they became the first team to win ‘the double’ in English football (the league and FA cup) twice.
Prior to playing at Old Trafford, at which stadium did the team who would go on to become Manchester United play their home games at between 1893 and 1910?
Manchester United have played their home games at Old Trafford for over a century, so even a die-hard fan would be forgiven for not being able to imagine the Red Devils playing their home games at any stadium other than Old Trafford. However, the team which became the global superpower that is now Manchester United did indeed play at Bank Street Ground prior to moving in to their current home.
Mark Hughes is a well-known name amongst Manchester United fans, but what is the Welshman’s actual first name?
Leslie Mark Hughes scored over 80 goals during his time at Manchester United, and was better known by his nickname of ‘Sparky’. The Welshman went on to have a successful career within management, managing the Welsh football team as well as a range of Premier League teams.
Which year did Manchester United first win the FA Cup?
Manchester United first won an FA cup in 1909, a year prior to moving in to their current stadium! The game was played at Crystal Palace, and Manchester United won the tie 1-0 against Bristol City. Although Bristol City’s route to the final shows how the landscape of football has changed over the years (they beat teams including Glossop North End to reach the final), Manchester United beat teams including Newcastle, Brighton, and Everton on their way to lifting the trophy.
Against whom did Andy Cole score his first league goal at Old Trafford?
Although Andy Cole made a name for himself at Old Trafford thanks to his goalscoring exploits for Manchester United, his first goal in fact came against the Red Devils. The majority of Manchester United fans will surely agree that this goal was forgiven over time, as Cole went on to score nearly 100 goals for Manchester United during his spell at Old Trafford from 1995 to 2001.
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