Dear Manchester United fans:
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Don’t be that guy.
More than Sir Alex’s “decision”, Moyes’ indecision, Ed Woodward’s lack of transfer nous, Marouane Fellaini’s absent heartbeat and a right flank that swallows all, it is entitled fans who most tarnish the club’s reputation.
There are many things you can do to hurt your club. You can be involved in racial abuse, become one of those crazy Ultras who stab people in the bum or just walk out, taking your affections (and money) with you. Those people are easily identified as “traitors” or “crazies” because they pin their affections to the mast and cast a club in a poor light.
While it’s not even in the same ballpark as racism or arse-stabbing, so too do entitled fans who feel as if they deserve success simply because they know nothing else. If it’s traitorous to switch allegiances to another club, surely allowing your actions to reflect poorly on the team you supposedly support is also an act of betrayal? While the whole English Premier League is enjoying United’s lack of success this year, they’re also just as thrilled at Red Devil fandom’s spontaneous combustion.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t protest. If you feel it helps, go for it – but don’t be boorish or violent about it. The most effective protests aren’t screaming obscenities at the greatest football manager in recent memory, the man almost solely responsible for the success you’ve so enjoyed over the past quarter-century.
The club has endured 25 years of startling success, almost unparalleled in the modern game. We’ve won with guys who should have triumphed, and with teams (like last year’s) who shouldn’t. To forget that, on occasion, the boys won’t win is a disgustingSometimes – but not always – we as fans have been classy in victory. It’s time to start learning to lose with grace, as the rebuild may take time.