Man Utd: Not a UK club, says Google
According to Google, Manchester United is not a UK football club. Must be something to do with being owned by Americans ...
What Google says about Man Utd
When you use Google, there's an option to search just 'pages from the UK'.
If you search Google for Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City or West Ham, then the first result when 'pages from the UK' is ticked is the official club website - even thought those clubs are all foreign owned. That's as it should be.
But search for Man Utd, Manchester Utd or anything similar, and Google only returns the official club site for the standard 'Search the web' option. Opt for 'pages from the UK' and Man Utd doesn't appear.
Conclusion: Google no longer thinks Man Utd is a UK club.
Google search for Manchester United: search the web
Here's what you get if you opt to search the web for manchester united:
Google search for Manchester United: pages from the UK.
Here's what you get if you opt to search UK pages only for Manchester United - no sign of the club's website anywhere (the manchesterunited.co.uk is not the club site)...
Who uses the UK only option?
There is a serious point here ...
The 'pages from the UK' option is used 13.6% of the time, according to Hitwise. That's quite a lot of people who aren't going to find what they're looking for.
So either Google has a glitch with its UK pages option.
Or Manchester United probably shouldn't have used an american firm to register its domain, used a .com domain, and generally not looked like a UK website.