Manchester United Supporters Trust

Organisation

To be a Manchester United supporter is to be part of something larger. United have always been and continue to be a family even today. Whether you go to the game with your mates or watch it in the pub, we know that what makes our support different is the connection between Reds. This connection brings us together as well.

MUST members are United supporters just like you. Radiating from M16 on out, we come from every part of Manchester, up and down Britain, over the sea in Ireland, throughout Scandinavia and across Europe, in the US and from dozens of other countries. We’re in every section of Old Trafford and in pubs across the world.

The people who run MUST are no different save for their willingness to commit their time and energy. Some serve on the MUST Committee and are democratically elected from the membership. Others simply just choose to help as they can. We are all volunteers though, bound up by a deep commitment to our fellow supporters and the long-term success and glory of our Club.

MUST itself is a not-for-profit organisation. Specifically, we are an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), which is a mutual organisation with an emphasis on civic and community activities, registered with and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

MUST is also a democratically-run, voluntary organisation with an elected board of directors and committee.  Committee meetings will be well advertised and open to all members who wish to attend and there will be an open Annual General Meeting.  Members will continue to be kept informed of the activities of MUST via the website, email, text and through our newsletter. Our complete Rules are posted here.

MUST is not the only supporters' trust as you might imagine. We are the largest though. All the trusts fall under the umbrella of Supporters Direct, a government initiative established in 2000 and funded by public money which aims to promote and support the concept of democratic, supporter representation at and ownership of football clubs through mutual, not-for-profit structures.  As we were founded in 1998, we were one of the earliest supporters’ trusts.  From its inception Supporters Direct recognised Shareholders United (our name then, when MUFC was quoted on the Stock Exchange) as the recognised supporters’ trust at Manchester United.  In our early days Supporters Direct provided administrative and moral support and our first Chair, Jonathan Michie, was also one of its founding directors.