Manchester United's rise to glory, under managerial giants Sir Matt Busby and later Sir Alex Ferguson, is one of the greatest sporting stories ever told. It's a tale that has attracted romantic dreamers, idealists and purists from all corners of the Red Planet to invest their own hopes and dreams in this most majestic of football clubs.
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But there is more to be told about Manchester United - the remarkable journey of how a humble football club from northern England became the most valuable sports brand in the world. The first sports team to be valued at over $3 billion, the club continues to go from strength to strength, and United's recent £750 million sponsorship deal with Adidas was record-breaking, surpassing not just Barcelona and Real Madrid, but major American sports.
This is a fight for world domination and the creation of a Red Planet, against all the odds. United has faced bankruptcy more than once in its history and this is a club whose accountant was once refused money at the bank when he went to withdraw the players' wages, but now pays players like Wayne Rooney up to £300,000 per week. But most of all, it's a story about the battle for the soul of a football club, a battle some will fight to the death; whatever it takes to keep the red flag flying high. With a steady stream of new challenges, from the retirement of Sir Alex to the death of Sir Malcolm Glazer, a battle that some, conversely, think has already been lost.