Far be it for me, a southerner who calls a circular mound of dough a roll, to tell Man United fans whether they’re ‘true’ supporters or not.
But any United fan that wants their side to lose the Manchester derby tonight should go and support another club.
The idea that United fans need to chose between Man City and Liverpool just because their club has butchered another title challenge is deeply flawed.
The disappointment of missing out on a 14th Premier League title to either of your two closest rivals is enough, especially because United fallen further behind the leading pack.
You don’t then have to chose which one of those two rivals to pin your hopes on. That’s completely counter-intuitive and doesn’t prove anything about your credentials as a fan.
Putting aside the opposition, United need three points in their bid for Champions League football next season. Were they to miss out on a Champions League place then a vital summer transfer window becomes incredibly difficult to navigate.
United and City are geographical rivals whose stadiums are separated by an 8 minute drive and whose fans work shoulder to shoulder.
If City were to win a second successive title it would set Pep Guardiola’s squad up for number three next season.
United won three titles in a row on two separate occasions under Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s a stick with which Reds can still beat Blues.
Were City to pip Liverpool to the title this season and then be crowned champions the following campaign, United would lose those bragging rights.
Given the state United appear to be in at the moment, those bragging rights could be a vital commodity when it comes to maintaining sanity in the face of taunts from the noisy neighbours.
Then there’s Liverpool, whom Fergie spent 27 years knocking off their fucking perch.
Everything Fergie put in place was to keep Liverpool at arm’s length.
Arsenal only came along when Arsene Wenger arrived at London Colney, while City were a pest rather than a threat until the money arrived.
So ignore the pressure to pick a side and revel in your own club’s misery. What’s the worst that can happen? It’s unfolding as we speak, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
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