Why Manchester United are Called “The Red Devils”

Football: Why Manchester United are Called  “The Red Devils”

Manchester United are one of the most successful and biggest clubs in the world. Their nickname ‘The Red Devils’ is one that has divided so much attention in recent times. infoguidenigeria

Many fans believe that the name signifies something ‘devilish, others believe that it is just a football thing. Here is the truth behind the name:

In the early days, the club was known as ‘The Heaten’ before Matt Busby’s reform triggered the name ‘the Busyby Babes’ from the press because of how young the side was.


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After the famous tragedy in 1958 which claimed 23 lives, popularly termed ‘the Munich Air Disaster’ which claimed 23 lives, the nickname “The Busby Babes” died a natural death. Dollar to Naira Today

The 1930 Salford Rugby tour in France was what led name ‘ the Red Devils as Matt Busby drew inspiration from the Red kit of the English rugby side with the media in France branding them as “Les Diables Rouges” – which means “the Red Devils”. Matt loved the name as it was more intimidating than ‘babes’.

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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