There were some comments in the wake of the Arsenal game over the United Supporters' reaction to a third straight draw. There's no booing at half-time or no-time, no protests and no betting ventures at Jose Mourinho, Ed Woodward or the club's absentee landlords in the Everglades. Instead there is positivity and gallows humor. "If Rojo scores, we're on the pitch," they promised in J Stand. Rojo typified United's performance; committed, flawed, calamitous and with a dash of inspiration. It's an improvement on the Southampton and Crystal Palace stalemates and what's up on the Young Boys tie, if not the result. Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes, United supporters have become resisted becoming caricatures of the modern football fan. They have seen the half-wits on Arsenal Fan TV, championed as they are, they remember City fans screaming 'They're not fit to wear the shirt' at Ewood in 2007 and have seen Chelsea's classless mob ' welcome 'a manager with naff placards insisting he is anything but welcome. Liverpool's so dramatically turned on Roy Hodgson's chatty: "You're getting sacked in the morning." Read More
Real Madrid must be the greatest club with the worst support. Alfredo di Stefano as the club's greatest goalscorer, yet was regularly whistled by the spoiled socios. United supporters were booing the hopeless Radamel Falcao's withdrawal on his final appearance. United fans had a good reputation for two decades and they did not want to go down in the country. Forget the Twitterati tweenies who change their username or handle to #SACKMOURINHONOWFFS after United fail to win, what matters to the board is the matchgoers' mood and it has been benign. Read More
Which is why managing director Richard Arnold was so startled to hear 'You fat b ******, get out of our club', only to be reassured that it was the Newcastle contingent castigating Mike Ashley in October. That was the afternoon United Supporters sang, "Jose's right, the board is ****." They acknowledge the problems go way beyond the third manager in the post-Ferguson era. Just as they were prepared to overlook David Moyes's shortcomings. Liverpool were strolling and 3-0 up against 10-man United at Old Trafford in March 2014, the stadium rocked to '20 times, 20 times, Man United '. Ferguson copped more abuse when City inflicted the same scoreline nine days later.
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Paul Pogba's introduction to action with supporters' demand for commitment. Mogin, for all his faults, behaves and acts like a man who cares. Pogba was late to take his seat for the second-half. United Supporters singing 'Oh, United we love you' and applaud the players who had dithered during 45 goalless minutes. United's away support, with its bibliographical songbook and acerbic humor, has been awarded the best in Britain for a decade. Read More
Old Trafford is a more diligent atmosphere, with its half-and-half scarf wearers and tablet wielders unaccustomed to the matchday experience. Whenever there have been boos in recent years, they have been of the shallow child; West Brom in 2010, Newcastle in 2015, Burnley in 2016, Swansea last year and Palace last month were all draws. Sometimes it's over a disagreeable substitution, such as Falcao's and Marcus Rashford's removal against Tottenham last year. Or Marouane Fellaini and Dimitar Berbatov are warming up at a time. The booing of Louis Van Gaal as he hoisted the FA cup was the nadir. There is a tipping point. Stewards had to guard the Moye's Stretford End banner from being ripped down during the Derby Humbling and the Southampton Defeat in January 2016 What significant that Van Gaal specifically booed as he approached the tunnel at half-time and full-time. Many voted with their feet three months later for the rearranged home game against Crystal Palace. A stadium pockmarked by empty red seats is damaging for the brand. Read More
Van Gaal clung on the Southampton scandal and supporters soon on the Champions League qualification precedent was still relevant. Six days later on a Friday night FA Cup tie at Derby, United supporters cleansed the soul with one of the most magnificent There was a 10-minute rendition of the Calypso and more gallows humor as one banner read: 'RHYMES WITH SACK? ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK '. Even when derby equalized, it did not stop the 5,000 Reds rocking George Best's 'Spirit in the Sky' chant. Some inside the stadium on Wednesday for a managerial change and want to spend their spells on the fan forums, in the fanzines and on Twitter. They are supportive and determined not to stoop to the fan TV low. A 'Ta ra Jose' bedsheet is unlikely. Read More