What it’s like to be a Red? – The view from April 21st 2016


There is, yet again, yet a-bleeding-gain, an article in the Guardian about the managership of Manchester United. Here’s a link – http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2016/apr/20/manchester-united-fans-louis-van-gaal-champions-league – go and read it if you can stand the tedium: there are a minimum of three per week, not counting match reports, which also drone on about the subject. By now, the Guardian has written more words on this topic than it did on last year’s General Election, and there hasn’t been a one worth reading.

Today’s piece has been written by Paul Wilson under the heading, “Do Manchester United fans want fourth if it means Louis van Gaal stays?” The answer to this is yes. And no.

Because there are hundreds of thousands of Manchester United fans out there, many more than the 70,000 or so who go to home matches. And, guess what, you fucking moronic mealy-mouthed gits of football writers at the Guardian, WE DON’T ALL THINK EXACTLY ALIKE.

There are Manchester United fans out there who would forego any form of success this season if it meant Louis van Gaal got sacked.

There are Manchester United fans out there who are desperate to finish top 4 and still see van Gaal go.

There are Manchester United fans out there who are desperate to finish top 4 and would put up with van Gaal staying if that’s what it took.

There are Manchester United fans out there who are desperate to finish top 4 and who believe that van Gaal has been building a new team that will come to flower next season.

There are Manchester United fans – and I’m one of them – who still love the FA Cup and who dream of taking that trophy back, above all else.

Speaking for myself, I long since lost faith in van Gaal. I watched United play and win last night, comfortably, easily, boringly. I want him out. But I would rather he stay than Mourinho come in, so van Gaal remains acceptable to me for as long as he keeps Mourinho at bay: once Mourinho commits to somewhere else, let him go.

But I work with United fans who cannot understand why United haven’t grabbed Mourinho as soon as he came free. And with United fans who are desperately worried about him.

We  are not a fucking monolith with one mind between us, yet the Guardian treats us as if we all of us agree on one single course. And I am getting more and more pissed off with every day that I read another fatuous piece with some fat-headed tower of the Guardian line who cannot understand why United haven’t taken their instructions to take on board a manager who guarantees them stories. I mean, the future success of the club is of no fucking moment compared to that, is it?

To all of you at the Guardian, will you leave the fuck off? The paper is haemorrhaging readers constantly, and I wouldn’t mind betting that thousands of them are united fans sick to their stomachs at the coverage. And I’m getting ever closer to being one of them.

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