Mention the name Manchester United to any football fan and the first thing that comes to their minds is the blood red jerseys, the white shorts, the black socks and the fans singing from the terraces of the Stretford End at Old Trafford. The term The Red Devils has become synonymous with the team, with the fans deriving the name from the famous badge of the club. But the name was not associated with the club since its foundation and the crest itself underwent several changes before it took its present shape and form.
The original crest of Manchester United was derived from the coat of arms of the Manchester City Council, but the only remains of the original coat that the club has now is the famous ship, which represents the Manchester ship canal. The club unofficially used the term The Red Devils on the club scarves and the memo for various programs of the club in the early to late 1960s and when the club decided to rebrand its image in keeping with the modern times in 1970, the image of a devil with a three pronged spear in his hand was incorporated into the crest.
When the name of the team officially became Manchester United, the club adopted red, white and black as the official colors and it has undergone little change since then. The first time Manchester United wore a crest on their shirt was during the final of the FA Cup at Wembley in 1958, when assistant manager Jimmy Murphy led the club to the final with a depleted side after eight players from the first team succumbed to injuries when their plane crashed moments after takeoff on the 6th of February, 1958 while returning home after playing Red Star Belgrade in a European Cup match. The club decided to honor those who died in the crash by using the Phoenix, a mythical bird that is known to rise from the ashes after burning itself to death to symbolize the strength and unity of the club.
In those days, it was not compulsory for club teams to wear their crests on the kit and except on memorable occasions such as Cup finals, hardly any club wore their badges. The badge that is seen now was the one that became hugely popular among the fans in the 1960s, designed to replicate the innovate style of play that the team had during the reign of Sir Matt Busby. But instead of the image of the devil, there were three stripes on the shield. Sir Matt decided to incorporate the image of the devil in order to strike fear into the heart of the opposing team and since then, the team has been using the same badge with very few modifications done on it.
Over the years, the badge has become more modernized but The Red Devils have retained the originality of their original crest and the Manchester United crest is now one of the leading brands in the world.