The most successful soccer club in England is Manchester United of the English Premier League, having won an English record 12 FA Cup trophies and 19 Premier League titles. Managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in the history of the English Premier League, Manchester United has won the Premier League title race in four of the past five seasons, finishing second in the 2009-10 season. Along with their Premier League dominance, the Red Devils have played in three of the past four UEFA Champions League finals, defeating Chelsea on penalty kicks in 2008 to win the most coveted trophy in the world of club soccer.
While the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and recently Manchester City have tried to keep up with United by buying players, MUFC has kept to its commitment of developing young players in its academy. This started in the early 1990's with the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil. All six signed at Manchester United as teenagers and were in the first team by the time they were 20 years old. They each played integral roles when United became the first European club to win the "Treble" in 1998. In winning the Premier League title, the English FA Cup title, and the UEFA Champions League title in one season, United established themselves as not only the top soccer club in England, but in the world.
The trend of developing players continued in the early 2000's, with United teenagers Christiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney emerging to become two of the top players in the world. Ronaldo would later be sold to Real Madrid, but not before he electrified the Premier League for 42 goals in all competitions during the 2007-08 season, his last at United. Rooney tallied 34 goals in all competitions during the 2009-10 campaign, and remains one of the tops players at United, while the club brings its next round of young players from the academy to the first team. Tom Cleverly, Danny Wellbeck, and the DaSilva brothers, Fabio and Rafael, are Ferguson's newest group of young Manchester United players taking the Premier League by storm. Cleverly and Wellbeck have each earned calls to play for the English national side this year, while the DaSilva brothers have emerged as two of the best young backs in the Premier League.
As Manchester United continues to hold the distinction of the most successful soccer club in England, the reliance on young players in their system all comes down to one thing: coaching. To develop players a high-quality staff is necessary, and at United Alex Ferguson is the difference. Not only does he develop talent, but he develops the character of his players, instilling a club-first attitude in his players. This is evident with the 37-year old Giggs, who has never played for another club and has over 600 appearances for United. At many points during his career he has turned down big money moves to other clubs, remaining loyal to the club and manager who signed him at age 14.
While some clubs will try to emulate them, and others will buy players to keep up with them, Manchester United is the most successful soccer club in England.
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