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1 Sir Alex was appointed manager of Manchester United in 1986 after his predecessor was fired. Who was this predecessor.
Answer: Ron Atkinson

Ron Atkinson spent five years at Manchester United from 1981-1986. Despite two FA Cup wins and some respectable finishes in the league, a poor start to the 1986-87 season saw him fired.

Sir Alex was notable in the early 1980s for breaking the dominance of Rangers and Celtic in the Scottish league while managing Aberdeen. During his eight years with Aberdeen, he led the club to the Scottish league championship three times and finished runners-up twice. They also won the Scottish cup four times and in 1983 they beat the mighty Real Madrid to claim the European Cup Winners' Cup.
    Your options: [ Ron Atkinson ] [ Tommy Doherty ] [ Dave Sexton ] [ Howard Kendall ]
  From Quiz: Manchester United - The Fergie Years
2 Who did Manchester United beat in the quarter final, to win the Champions League in 1999?
Answer: Inter Milan

Manchester United qualified from the group stage to play Inter Milan in the Quarter Final. Manchester won the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford and drew 1-1 in Milan.
  From Quiz: Manchester United
3 Between the 2008-09 and 2011-12 seasons he averaged one hat-trick per season as a Manchester United player; but three of his four hat-tricks were scored in one season. Who was this player?
Answer: Dimitar Berbatov

In the 2010-11 season, Berbatov scored three hat-tricks - against Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City. He became the first non-English player to score five goals in a single match when he scored five goals against Blackburn Rovers.
  From Quiz: Manchester United Hat-tricks
4 In the 2009-10 Premier League season, Manchester United finished second on the league table. Who finished first?
Answer: Chelsea

2009-10 was the 18th Premier League season (formed 1992-92). Only four teams had ever won it during those 18 seasons: Blackburn Rovers (1994-95). Arsenal (1997-98, 2001-02 and 2003-04) and Chelsea (2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10); the other 11 titles were won by Manchester United.
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5 Which Utd player retired with a career total of 129 caps?
Answer: Peter Schmeichel

Schmeichel finally retired in 2003 after gaining 129 caps for Denmark and scoring 1 goal.
    Your options: [ Eric Cantona ] [ Bobby Charlton ] [ Peter Schmeichel ] [ Bryan Robson ]
  From Quiz: Ultimate Man United Miscellany
6 Which Manchester Utd player was bailed until February 2008 after being arrested for an alleged rape at a Manchester Hotel in December 2007?
Answer: Jonny Evans

He was loaned to Sunderland on the 4th of January 2008 for the second time in his career.
    Your options: [ Paul Scholes ] [ Rio Ferdinand ] [ Jonny Evans ] [ Ryan Giggs ]
  From Quiz: Manchester United Players
7 Sir Alex Ferguson's first club signing was Viv Anderson. Which club was be brought from?
Answer: Arsenal

Viv Anderson was the first black player to play for England.
    Your options: [ Arsenal ] [ Tottenham Hotspur ] [ Nottingham Forest ] [ Aston Villa ]
  From Quiz: Players Signed by Manchester United
8 When was Manchester United F.C. founded?
Answer: 1878

The club was formed as Newton Heath L&YR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) Football Club in 1878. Their shirts were green and gold. When the team entered the Football League in 1892 they dropped the "L&YR" and became Newton Heath FC. In 1902 J.H Davis (the manager of Manchester Breweries) saved the club from bankruptcy. The board decided that the team needed to change their name in order to start fresh, and on 26th April 1902 the club changed its name to manchester United FC. They also changed their team colours later that year to red jersey, white shorts and black socks.
  From Quiz: Manchester United F.C.
9 With 10 out of the 11 'Busby Babes' Englishmen, and seven of them already honoured at full international level for England by the time of the Munich disaster, who were the three who remained uncapped?
Answer: Colman, Jones, and Viollet

By 1958, Byrne, Edwards and Taylor were established England regulars, with Byrne on a run of 33 consecutive caps, and with England one of the favourites to do well in the World Cup Finals in Sweden that summer, it was virtually certain that Colman, Jones, and Viollet, all three of whom were on the threshold of full international recognition, would have featured in the national squad.
While Jones had long since established himself as a fearless centre-half, particularly commanding in the air, Colman's boundless energy, ball-winning tackles and creative passing had already attracted the attention of the selectors. And, with Viollet's strike partnership with Tommy Taylor yielding so many goals, it was only a matter of time before these two would play together at international level.

With Johnny Berry, the only member of the side who was not strictly a 'Babe', as at the age of 25, he was already an established professional when signed by Busby, already capped four times, and Wood, Foulkes and Pegg once each, the Munich crash not only robbed England of stars like Byrne, Edwards and Taylor, but also of the services of a probable four or five others.
  From Quiz: Manchester United - 'The Busby Babes' #2
10 Which player, who could rightfully be described as 'The First Busby Babe', started his United career at full back, briefly became a winger, before reverting to full back?
Answer: Roger Byrne

Having made his debut in November 1951 against Liverpool at Anfield at left-back, Roger Byrne played the final six games of the season on the left wing, scoring seven goals in a run of four wins and two draws in which the side scored 22 goals that clinched the 1951-52 League Championship, United's first since 1911.

He preferred playing at left-back, where his speed and ability to read the game made him one of the first overlapping full-backs in the game. A natural leader, he became captain early in 1954 and went on to lead the most exciting young team ever seen in Britain to two consecutive League titles and into Europe as England's first representatives in the European Cup.
Winning 33 consecutive caps for England up to his untimely death at Munich - incredibly he was 'not considered good enough to play for the station football team' during his National Service in the RAF! But to anyone who ever saw him play, for either club or country, Roger Byrne was one of the most outstanding defenders in the history of the game.

Sadly, Geoff Bent, who would not normally have been with the team, travelled to Belgrade as last-minute cover for Byrne, who had picked up a slight injury against Arsenal, and died with him at Munich on 6th February, 1958.
    Your options: [ Roger Byrne ] [ Geoff Bent ] [ Bill Foulkes ] [ Ian Greaves ]
  From Quiz: Manchester United - 'The Busby Babes' #1
11 Who lost to Manchester United in the 1991 Final of the now defunct Cup-Winners Cup?
Answer: Barcelona

United won the game 2-1, thanks to a brace from Mark Hughes. Ronald Koeman scored Barcelona's only goal.
  From Quiz: Manchester United's Red Devils
12 At which stadium do Manchester United play their home games?
Answer: Old Trafford

The other stadiums are the homes of Manchester Utd's great rivals
Liverpool: Anfield
Manchester City: City of Manchester Stadium
Newcastle United: St James Park.
    Your options: [ St James Park ] [ Anfield ] [ Old Trafford ] [ City of Manchester Stadium ]
  From Quiz: Manchester United
13 What was the score against Southampton at Old Trafford on the 22 December 2001?
Answer: 6-1

Van the man scored a brilliant hat-trick in this game!
  From Quiz: Manchester United Mania
14 Where was Ryan Giggs born?
Answer: Cardiff

Ryan had the choice of playing for either England or Wales, but he opted for Wales. Sven Goran Erikson has been quoted as saying, "I wish we had Ryan Giggs".
  From Quiz: For True Fans of Manchester United
15 1962: Who made his debut on August 18th at the age of 22, and would go on to miss a European Cup final through injury?
Answer: Denis Law

Law was signed from Torino in Italy, and marked his debut with a goal in a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion. 'The King' scored an incredible 171 goals in 309 appearances for the club.
  From Quiz: Manchester United 1962-1971
16 1952: United won the league title for the 3rd time. How many years had it been since the last championship?
Answer: 41

Also this year, Duncan Edwards and Eddie Colman, two of the eight players that were to perish in 1958, signed for the club from schoolboy football.
  From Quiz: Manchester United 1952-1961
17 1932: what position did United finish in the second division?
Answer: 12th

United's record that year was: played 42, won 17, drawn 8, lost 17, and 42 points.
  From Quiz: Manchester United 1932-1941
18 1912: Something relatively unknown happened at Manchester United in this year for the first time, but what was that strange thing?
Answer: United signed a player from Liverpool

In August 1912, half-back Tom Chorlton signed on a free transfer from, Liverpool, who have become in recent times, United's bitter rivals. The only other times this has happened was in 1929 when forward Tommy Reid joined the club, and 1938, when half-backs Ted Savage and Allenby Chilton signed on for free. Also in this year, Ernest Mangnall resigned and J.J.Bentley took over as secretary.
  From Quiz: Manchester United 1912-1921
19 1902: What division were Manchester United playing in this season?
Answer: 2nd Division

When Newton Heath became Manchester United the club was languishing in the 2nd Division. It would be another three years before the club gained promotion to the 1st division.
  From Quiz: Manchester United 1902-1911
20 1964-65: United played Arsenal at Old Trafford. If United won this game they would win the championship with a game in hand. What was the final scoreline?
Answer: Manchester United 3 -1 Arsenal

United won the game 3-1 and with it became the first United squad to win the league championship since the Busby Babes' success in 1957-58.
The scorers were Denis Law with 2 and George Best. George Eastham scored Arsenal's consolation.
  From Quiz: United's Crucial League Games
21 During the 1991 European Cup winner's cup success, United played one team from the English league during the campaign. Who were they?
Answer: Wrexham

Manchester United went on to win the two-legged tie 5-0. Clayton Blackmore was the only Welsh player to play in the away leg for United but Mark Hughes also played in the home leg for United.
  From Quiz: The Devil's Advocate
22 What is the name of the trialist defender who made a couple of appearances for United in the 1995-96 season, including the 4-1 defeat on New Year's day to Tottenham Hotspur?
Answer: William Prunier

Prunier was a trialist brought in that season. He produced an awful display in the Tottenham game and was unsurprisingly not taken on!
  From Quiz: Red Devils of Old Trafford
23 What is Mark Hughes' nickname?
Answer: Sparky

As of March 2002, Hughes plays for Premiership Blackburn Rovers and is the Manager of the Welsh national team.
  From Quiz: Manchester United Player Nicknames
24 United won their first honour of the 1960s, and their first since Munich when they beat Leceister City 3-1 in the 1963 F.A. Cup Final. Who captained the Reds?
Answer: Noel Cantwell

Cantwell, who joined United from West Ham in November 1960, left the club to manage Coventry City. At one stage, he was tipped as a possible successor to Matt Busby.
  From Quiz: Manchester United in the 1960s
25 Where did United sign Ruud Van Nistelrooy from?
Answer: PSV Eindhoven

Van Nistelrooy was signed for 19 million in April 2001.
  From Quiz: Where Did They Sign From?
26 Which club was Jesper Blomqvist signed from?
Answer: Parma

Blomqvist was signed in July 1998 as cover for Ryan Giggs. In 3 seasons at United he only scored 1 goal in 38 appearanes due to persistent injury.
    Your options: [ IFK Gothenburg ] [ Parma ] [ Lecce ] [ Malmo ]
  From Quiz: For Man United Fans Only!
27 In the 1994 FA Cup Semi-Final replay against Oldham Athletic which Manchester United won 4-1, who scored United's first goal?
Answer: Denis Irwin

Former Oldham player Irwin struck early in the match to put his old team on the back foot.
    Your options: [ Andrei Kanchelskis ] [ Bryan Robson ] [ Denis Irwin ] [ Ryan Giggs ]
  From Quiz: Man United FA Cup Runs
28 Who scored Man Utd's first goal in the 1968 European Cup Final?
Answer: Bobby Charlton

Bobby scored with his head, very rare! For all you Red Devils, here's a match report. It took 12 years for Matt Busby to realise a dream which started in Anderlecht in 1956. He had seen his team emerge unsuccessfully from 3 European Cup semi final matches, and had endured the tragic loss of one of the finest football teams ever produced by an English club. After an uninspiring goal-less 1st half, United finally took the lead in the 2nd half with a goal produced with the combined efforts of Sadler, Dunne and Charlton, after receiving a cross from Sadler, Charlton headed the ball past Henrique and into the net. With just 10 minutes left before full time Benfica managed to equalize with a goal by Graca. All was almost lost when Eusebio broke away from Stiles and and targetted the goal with a shot which was fortunately blocked by Stepney. Two minutes into extra time saw United gain the lead again with a fantastic goal by George Best, another minute and another goal this time headed in by Brian Kidd, this goal was probably his best 19th Birthday present. The 8th minute of extra time saw United hammer home a 4-1 win with a goal from Charlton. This game was probably one of the most emotional nights of British Football and no doubt the survivors of the Munich disaster were thinking of those who were denied the chance to revel in such a glorious victory.
  From Quiz: True Man Utd Fans
29 Against whom did Andy Cole score his first league goal at Old Trafford?
Answer: Manchester United

He scored for Newcastle United, against Man Utd, in a 1-1 draw.
  From Quiz: Man Utd: Past and Present
30 In what year did Manchester United first win the European Cup?
Answer: 1968
  From Quiz: Manchester United
31 When did Manchester United first win the F.A. Cup?
Answer: 1909
  From Quiz: For Man Utd Fans
32 Which player, who had previously played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen, was reunited with his old manager at Manchester United? The pair had a long running feud.
Answer: Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan played for Aberdeen from 1977-1984, before joining Manchester United, despite having signed a pre-contract agreement with German side FC Cologne. Strachan had arguably been Aberdeen's best player under Ferguson, but Fergie had apparently claimed that Strachan's form had been negatively affected by the move to Manchester where he was no longer the star. As a result, United were happy to move Strachan on in 1989. Sheffield Wednesday, now being led by Ron Atkinson, had a bid accepted by United, but Strachan instead moved to Leeds United. Strachan and Ferguson had a long running feud that saw Fergie claim in his autobiography that Strachan "could not be trusted an inch - I would not want to expose my back to him in a hurry." All other players listed played under Fergie at Aberdeen. Leighton would go on to join Manchester United in 1988.
    Your options: [ Gordon Strachan ] [ Jim Leighton ] [ Alex McLeish ] [ Mark McGee ]
  From Quiz: Manchester United - The Fergie Years
33 What club did Manchester United buy Antonio Valencia from?
Answer: Wigan Athletic

After Ronaldo departed for Real Madrid, Manchester United bought Antonio Valencia from Wigan in 2009. He was given the number 25 jersey.
  From Quiz: Manchester United
34 This former Manchester United player had a very successful stay at Manchester United wearing the famous number 7 but scored only one hat-trick, which was against Newcastle United.
Answer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo signed for Manchester United in 2003. He requested jersey number 28 but Sir Alex Ferguson refused and suggested he take number 7. The number came with certain expectations as it was previously worn by legends such as George Best, David Beckham, Bryan Robson and Eric Cantona. Ronaldo was 18 at the time.
    Your options: [ David Beckham ] [ Eric Cantona ] [ Bryan Robson ] [ Cristiano Ronaldo ]
  From Quiz: Manchester United Hat-tricks
35 10th February 2008- when Manchester United honoured the lives lost in the Munich Air Disaster, the team's match shirts were designed like those back when the Munich Air Disaster happened on 6th February 1958. Who was Manchester United playing?
Answer: Manchester City

Manchester City also honoured the occasion by wearing shirts almost like the ones that the club used to wear. The match was played at Old Trafford, and Manchester City won 2-1. There was a minute's silence before the game to mark the 50th anniversary.
  From Quiz: Manchester United
36 Who took Utd to the top of the pop charts in 1994 with, "Come on You Reds"?
Answer: Status Quo

The quo replaced Stiltskin at the top. Unfortunately, they were knocked off by, "Love is All Around", by Wet Wet Wet.
  From Quiz: Ultimate Man United Miscellany
37 Which player kung fu kicked a Crystal Palace fan in January 1995?
Answer: Eric Cantona

Famous quote by Eric Cantona: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown in to the sea." This quote was during a press conference called after the kung fu kicking incident as the press clamoured around him.
    Your options: [ Ryan Giggs ] [ Roy Keane ] [ Eric Cantona ] [ Paul Scholes ]
  From Quiz: Manchester United Players
38 Who did Sir Alex sign from Celtic in 1987?
Answer: Brian McClair

Brian McClair scored 24 league goals in his first season, the first player to do so since George Best.
  From Quiz: Players Signed by Manchester United
39 When was the Manchester United Ladies FC founded?
Answer: 1977

The Manchester United Ladies FC was founded in 1977. But it was not officially part of Manchester United FC until the 2001-02 season. The team was disbanded before the 2004-05 season started due to a lack of funds.
  From Quiz: Manchester United F.C.
40 Having controversially lost to Aston Villa in the 1957 FA Cup Final, League Champions Manchester United met the Cup Winners a few months later to play for the FA Charity Shield. What was the result?
Answer: Manchester United 4 Aston Villa 0

The team for the Charity Shield was more or less the same as that which had played in the Cup Final, except that on this occasion United would play with a regular goalkeeper ... and all eleven players!
With Freddie Goodwin coming in for the injured Eddie Colman, and Dennis Viollet, who had missed the final through injury, returning in place of Bobby Charlton, United ran out easy winners to take the consolation prize by four goals to nil, with three from Tommy Taylor and one from Johnny Berry.
  From Quiz: Manchester United - 'The Busby Babes' #2
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