On this day in 1892, Manchester United opened their 1892-93 English League campaign with a 4-3 loss at hands of Blackburn Rovers. Back then, the Devils were named as Newton Heath LYR Football Club.
Founded in 1878, the club tried to get in England’s first division Football League in 1888, but faced an outright rejection. Their appeal was rejected for four straight years and finally for the 1982-93 season, they were slotted into the league. And by the time they were given the permit to play in the league, they became independent of the railway company and dropped the “LYR” from its name.
They had a dreadful start to their campaign as they went on a five-match losing streak just before going through somewhat of a similar period (3-match winless streak) and ended up at the bottom of the table with just 18 points at their disposal out of possible 90. They scored a mere 30 goals in 30 matches and conceded a whopping 85.
Relegation was not direct back then and they had an advantage of it. Plying their trade against Small Heath FC (later known as Birmingham City) in a playoff, United avoided relation, but failed to achieve such feat in the following season. They saw themselves being relegated from the first division for many years and eventually made a comeback in 1906. Just two years later, they lifted their first of many first league titles and the rest, as they say, is history.
Manchester United have gone on to become one of the most successful clubs in footballing history. Comprising of rich history and a humongous fan base, United now have a record 20 league titles to show for. Besides their domestic domination, their European principality has well and truly been outlined as well.