On the banks of the River Irwell in the Greater Manchester part of England lies a stadium, popularly known amongst the locals as The Theatre of Dreams. It is home to one of the most successful teams in English football; Manchester United. Whether an avid fan of the “mighty reds” or just a football fan, test your knowledge of the following:

5. Most extensive damage suffered by any league club


In the serial bombings, the main stand was wrecked, the dressing rooms and offices were devastated, while the pitch was scorched. It was the most extensive damage suffered by any league club during the war, and it left Manchester United subsequently homeless.

While reconstruction took place, United played its “home” games at their local rivals, Manchester City’s Maine Road ground.

4. The first English team to participate in European Cup and to win it

Much before it got rechristened to UEFA Champions League, the annual European extravaganza used to be known as the European Champions Clubs’ Cup, or simply European Cup.

Despite the stance of English Football Association (FA), branding the competition as a “distraction”, Manchester United entered the competition as English Champions in 1956, thereby becoming the first English team ever to participate in an European competition.

However, their stunning debut was cut short by eventual champions Real Madrid who won 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

United finally won the elusive trophy in 1968 defeating Benfica 4-2 in extra time. This win also marked United as the first English team ever to lift the European Cup.

3. Andy Cole’s 5 goals record

Andy Cole was the first ever player to score five goals in a single Premiership match; that came in favor for Manchester United vs. Ipswich in the 1994/95 season.

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