The question of Manchester United’s nickname worries many football fans, but few know the answer. In this article, will detail where the Red Devils derive their name from and what other nicknames the legendary club from Manchester have.

Manchester United was founded in 1878. It was originally called Newton Heath, carried the nickname ‘Pagans’ and played in green and gold coloured uniforms. But in 1902 the club was renamed Manchester United.

Gradually it began to be called either United or the Reds because along with the name, the colours of the club changed. The players now played in white and red uniforms.

In the 1950s the team had a new nickname. The players were very young, but also very technical and skilful beyond their years.

The coach of that legendary squad was Sir Matt Busby, with whom the team showed impressive results. Hence United during this period began to be known as the Busby Babes.

However, in 1958, the Munich tragedy occurred (the plane with Manchester United on board crashed at Munich Airport, part of the team was killed). After that, the Busby Babes came to be known as that particular squad.

In the early 1960s, Sir Matt Busby decided to borrow the nickname from the Salford City rugby team called the Red Devils.

The coach liked this phrase, which sounded much more menacing and powerful than the Busby Babes. He soon made a public announcement that his club would now officially bear the nickname Red Devils.

In 1973, the devil with a trident appeared on the Manchester United logo, as well as on uniforms and other merchandise. Today, the character is the club’s mascot. His name is Red Fred.

According to a study done by marketing agency Kantar in 2019, the club can count 1.1 billion people among its vast fan and follower base, making it the world’s most popular football club. A study in June 2021 by William Hill, using online trend data from Google, came to the same conclusion.