The most success in English footballIn 1968, under the management of Sir Matt Busby, Manchester United became the first English football club to win the European Cup. This success came ten years after the 1958 Munich air disaster, which claimed the lives of eight players. The club’s most successful period came under Sir Alex Ferguson, who led the team to 28 major honors between November 1986 and May 2013. Louis van Gaal was appointed the club’s new manager in May 2014 after Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, was sacked after just 10 months in charge. Louis van Gaal was sacked in May 2016 and was replaced a few days later by Jose Mourinho. Manchester United remain the most successful team in English domestic football, having won a total of 20 league titles, more than any other English club, as well as 12 FA Cups and 5 League Cups.
Ryan Giggs, who briefly took over as United’s interim player-manager after the sacking of David Moyes, holds the all-time appearances record for the club. Giggs played a total of 963 matches between 1990 and 2014, almost 200 games more than the club’s second all-time leading goalscorer, Sir Bobby Charlton. The club’s record signing is Angel Di Maria, who arrived from Real Madrid for just under 60 million pounds in August 2014.