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The English premier league club side, Manchester United football club, who many hate to love and love to hate, remains the giant of English football, one of the greatest football club on earth. The red devils as they are popularly called, maintains the largest fan base world over. Former Newton Heath LYR Football Club was the first English football club to win the European Cup, and has won many trophies in English football, including a record of 19 league titles, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and a record 19 FA Community Shields. The red army has also won three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.

In 1998-99, the club won a treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, an unprecedented feat for an English Club. Manchester United is one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams the world over. As of July 2012, the club is numbered one in Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams, valued at $2.23 billion.

Despite these great achievements in football, past and present, fans of the opposing teams still register them in there “hate book”. The 19 time champions have been heavily criticized from some quarters, that they always receive favours from match officials, controversial decisions always going in there favour while others have also accused them of match fixing. The only crime this club have committed that most individuals have failed to admit is their ability to always compete for trophy every season, their insatiable hunger that make them not to be complacent in their achievement over the years.

For every new season, it is always said that Manchester United and “others” are going to battle it out for the crown, both in the Domestic league cup and the European trophy. Even when they are defending champion, the hunger to win it again and again is always there. The current Manchester United legendary manager has so much drilled the team never to give up, which is clearly seen in the character of the players, in so many times they have come back from a losing position to win a match “The never give up attitude, till the last whistle”.

People should blame the match officials for poor officiating and not the reputation of clubs involved, the clubs don’t make the rules, they just play the game. The officiating malaise is due to incompetence, a horde of blind, unfit mice scurrying around pitches in a vain attempt to keep up with modern players.

At one point the referees are humans too and deserve some latitude from lovers of the game. Do we on our own count the number of times we make mistakes in carrying out our daily activities? Your guess is as good as mine.

From the communication between individuals, groups, and even in the media, it is very clear that the most successful English club side will never escape the hatred of opposing team as long as they keep competing for laurels year in, year out. This arrays of successes is due to the ability of one man, the current manager, Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson, he has won 24 major honours since he took over in 6th November 1986, and the drive to win more still burns like when he just started.