By Marcus Leach

Manchester United have been voted the most hated company in the United Kingdom.

According to a survey carried out by Online Opinions the 18-time Premier League champions topped a pile of businesses including top airlines, banks and various global brands.

26 per cent of those surveyed said they hated Manchester United, with budget airline Ryanair in second with 23 per cent.

Both Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank made the top ten list, along with McDonalds and Starbucks.

Forbes magazine ranked Manchester United as the most valuable soccer club in the world at £1.19 billion last year, but it didn't stop them topping the poll.

"Manchester United is possibly a victim of its own success and the way it is viewed by passionate fans of its rivals but it is different for banks and utilities," a spokesman for the survey company revealed.

"Banks get billions of pounds to rescue them from the public then go and splash out millions on bonuses while the rest of the country is in recession - no wonder they are so disliked.

"And utilities keep raising household bills at a time when people can afford them the least yet they still seem to be making lots of profits.

"With other companies, the reasons are more personal. Ryanair is probably the most popular airline in Britain thanks to cheap fares yet passengers still moan about having to pay for their luggage or booking by credit cards."

Manchester United was first floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1991 and is currently owned by American businessman Malcolm Glazer.

Most hated companies:

Manchester United: 26 per cent
Ryanair: 23 per cent
British Gas: 22 per cent
McDonalds: 19 per cent
RBS: 17 per cent
Lloyds Bank: 16 per cent
Starbucks: 14 per cent
British Telecom: 13 per cent
Sky: 13 per cent
easyJet: 10 per cent
Network Rail - 9 percent