Manchester United head to Chelsea desperate to raise spirits after a rocky start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, the Blues have arguably kicked on to higher levels since then, making this clash an enticing encounter. Never miss a match! Sign up for football updates direct to your inbox Thanks! Register Sign me up!
A chart showing the progress of Manchester United through the English football league system from joining as Newton Heath in —93 to the present. Following the league's dissolution after only one season, Newton Heath joined the newly formed Football Alliance , which ran for three seasons before being merged with The Football League.
This resulted in the club starting the —93 season in the First Division , by which time it had become independent of the railway company and dropped the "LYR" from its name.
The following season began with victory in the first ever Charity Shield  and ended with the club's first FA Cup title. Manchester United won the First Division for the second time in , but at the end of the following season, Mangnall left the club to join Manchester City.
Relegated again in , Manchester United became a yo-yo club , achieving its all-time lowest position of 20th place in the Second Division in Following the death of principal benefactor John Henry Davies in October , the club's finances deteriorated to the extent that Manchester United would likely have gone bankrupt had it not been for James W.
In , the club won the First Division, its first league title for 41 years. Despite approval from The Football Association, The Football League determined that the club should not enter the competition, since it had not qualified.
The following season, they finished second in the league, then won the title in and Busby resigned as manager in before being replaced by the reserve team coach, former Manchester United player Wilf McGuinness. They reached the final again in , beating Liverpool 2—1.
Docherty was dismissed shortly afterwards, following the revelation of his affair with the club physiotherapist's wife. Sexton was dismissed in , even though the team won the last seven games under his direction. In —86 , after 13 wins and two draws in its first 15 matches, the club was favourite to win the league, but finished in fourth place.
The following season, with the club in danger of relegation by November, Atkinson was dismissed.
Alex Ferguson and his assistant Archie Knox arrived from Aberdeen on the day of Atkinson's dismissal,  and guided the club to an 11th-place finish in the league.
A second consecutive League Cup final appearance followed in , in which the team beat Nottingham Forest 1—0 at Wembley. The team finished third in —02 , before regaining the title in — The club regained the Premier League in the —07 season, before completing the European double in —08 with a 6—5 penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow to go with their 17th English league title.
Ryan Giggs made a record th appearance for the club in that game, overtaking previous record holder Bobby Charlton. However, that same season, Manchester United won the FA Cup for a 12th time, this being their first trophy won since Wayne Rooney scored his th goal with United, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton as United's all-time top scorer, before leaving the club at the end of the season to return to Everton.
Mourinho was sacked on 18 December with United in sixth place, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool and 11 points outside the Champions League places.
They remained part of their home kits until For —19, black shorts and red socks became the primary choice for the home kit. These include an all-black strip with blue and gold trimmings between and , the navy blue shirt with silver horizontal pinstripes worn during the — season,  and the —12 away kit, which had a royal blue body and sleeves with hoops made of small midnight navy blue and black stripes, with black shorts and blue socks.
The reason for dropping it being that the players claimed to have trouble finding their teammates against the crowd, United failed to win a competitive game in the kit.
In relation to Solskjaer, he is the guy trying to win the game for United fans.