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The Truth About Manchester United Fans

A Vital Manchester City reader from down under sent us the following:

The following quote from the New Zealand Sun newspaper made me start thinking:

'While City draw large crowds of 'real' fans, good Manchester folk who know their football, a large percentage of United's support are prawn sandwich-munching corporate and bandwagon-jumping foreigners who wouldn't know one end of a corner kick from the other.'

So would this be the kind of entry requirement for membership of the Manchester United supporters Club?


I wish to become a Manchester United supporter and I confirm that:

1) I was born nowhere near Manchester and am prepared to show no loyalty to teams located in my local area.

2) I confirm that I know absolutely nothing about football and will never seek to improve on my ignorance.

3) I am a pretentious glory seeker and have rejected supporting my local team on the grounds that they might not give me enough reflected kudos.

4) I am prepared to eat prawn sandwiches and totally reject meat pies, burger and chips and pints of beer on the grounds that these reflect the traits of true football fans from other clubs.

5) I will buy a replica shirt at least twice a year and appreciate the kindness of the club in regularly changing the design, of transferring Ronaldo and Tevez and of increasing prices in the Club shop, in the interests of us supporters.

6) I am only interested in winning and will sulk unreservedly if we do not win every game. Equally I will stop watching matches if we do not win regularly and will switch my allegiance to another team if they look more likely to win trophies.

7) I will never publicly admit that Sir Alex Ferguson may have Alzheimer`s disease, that the Glazers have no money and that the club is in huge debt and that our best days may well be over.

8) I am a total t**t.


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Writer: NZ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 20 2009

Time: 12:20PM

Your Comments

Well... You this is absolutely nothing but a sad attempt at attention seeking. You tend to notice nobody else here runs articles trying to abuse and show other clubs down. I came here not to read the article (Which I know will be crap), but to get my point across that this ai'nt a great ploy. Just stirring up trouble.
Once you lot win a few trophies, you too will attract fans from other countries. So grow up, please.
Chill out will you. The above is tongue-in-cheek and merely for fun. Blimey, some people.
JT-daniel : I know you like the site but for goodness sake have a bit of a sense of humour. Nobody, that is apart from you takes it seriously and neither does the person that wrote the original news article in New Zealand. Are you helsea fans really so literal and miserable?
Sorry mate, I guess my sense of humour is at an all time low.. lol! Anyway, I really DO like your site!
You could've included a footnote! :-)
JT -daniel :Thanks for the comment. What's your read on the John Terry situation? I see him very much as Mr Chelsea and don't think he will move but maybe he wants wage parity with Frank Lampard and Ballack. I was surprised by Frank Lampard's comments which seemed to put some doubt on it but the trouble is that journalists give it whatever spin they like. I also see Sturridge had a good debut for you ... he has really good potential and I am not sure what went wrong behind the scenes at City because I don't put the move completely down to money. best regards
i know the truth about man u fans..there all tossers.
Mike Hunt
'While City draw large crowds of real fans' ya right , first of all you must know the definition of large crowds. You guys cant even fill your own stadium for every game. If you are to become a big cub, you can start by eliminating the empty seats that i see every game, Jokers.
Hi Yid from India. You sound like a bit of a mixed up geezer.
Yid from India, still came fouth in the gate averages last season, even without the draw of being a top 4 club or offering CL. football. What I am pleased about is you are watching the City games to educate yourself how fans really appreciate a football club and no prawn sarnies.
Buzz Lightyear
Actually it was 5th after Liverpool.
Damnit, though "prawn sandwich-munching lot" was Chelsea fans? ;)
JT_daniel ...simple solution ...if you don't like what you read ...don't visit the site.!!!!!
I'm not from Manchester or even the U.K. for that matter. Had a friend from there though who was a true City fan and after watching what little Premiership coverage was here in the U.S.A., I decided to support them. Now I pay more attention to City than any other professional team in any sport, and have done since the days of Keegan. Was absolutely over the moon when City was bought out from Thaksin and signed Robinho the next day. Not that I love Robinho, but to know that the owners were serious. All I have heard constantly from United supporters are how City is not a real team. One article is posted and they don't have the spine to take it. Wonderful!
hey jt daniel they have me,mcfcirish......except ive been a city fan since 95 so im not sure if that counts!
Glad to have you aboard Ahoyskin.
Buzz Lightyear
These bandwagon jumpers were one of the main reasons I became a City supporter 15 odd years ago. I did it mainly just to give them the ****s but then became a mad City supporter. Just about every United supporter I have come across here in Oz never watch the games, can name only 5-6 players in the team, regularly bag every other club as being rubbish compared to United and then stroll around wearing this years home kit. It's very sad and irritating at the same time. This article is so close to the mark for me it's scary.
Doody, as I said, I like your site! :-) Just disagre with some of the articles.
Wswilly3, mate, sorry for the late reply. I think JT is basically just being silent on the media front, to avoid complicating the issute any furthur. I think he wants a pay rise, which the club will give during his routine contract extension scheduled for next year. And the way I see it, anybody will be tempted by a 300k a week salary! But I dont doubt JT will go, in fact, I'm sure he'll stay. He's not mercanary. And Sturrige I think is an exciting prospect, but far from a finished product. He's got to keep his head and train hard to become a lethal striker, but he;'s got the potential. I knew nothing about the kid, but seeing him play twice, I can safely say he's good. Cheers mate!
Thanks JT, reluctantly I think you are right about JT as he would have been a hell of a signing for anyone and I still believe if we can get a couple of high class defenders we will have a hell of a squad. Not to win it next year but to challenge for Top4 and after spending £200million plus we should expect that. Anyway as long as the Rags don't win again, I am sure we are both of the same accord on that. Cheers.

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