Manchester United: Hard Times at a Storied Soccer Club

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Even if you’ve never touched a soccer ball in your life, you’ve likely heard the name.

Thanks to a winning legacy and a long line of legendary players, Manchester United is one of the most popular sports franchises in the world. With more English Premier League titles than anyone else — and a fraternity of world-class former players including Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo — United is the type of club boys dream of playing for when they grow up

But last season was an embarrassment for United, which struggled to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League — their worst final position since way back in 1990. Now, even armed with a top-flight new coach and the optimism of a fresh season, the Red Devils’ 2014-2015 campaign is off to an awful start of its own, with three matches down and zero wins to show for it Read more…

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