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If You Know Your History

8 years ago

Hands up if you were a little upset by ‘Sir’ Alex’s conduct and his subsequent comments to the media:

“It is unfortunate but I am the manager of the most famous club in the world; not Newcastle, a wee club in the north east.”

At first I was incensed, how dare he speak of our magnificent football club like that!

Then I stopped to think and realized it’s funnier than it is insulting.

Some facts about Manchester United.

They were originally Newton Heath and changed their name to Manchester United in 1902 after they went bust.

Obviously they aligned themselves with the nearest big city, and after considering Celtic and Central, they went with United, just like the mighty Newcastle! And as any city fan will tell you, they have no right to call themselves Manchester.

Alex Ferguson is full of rubbish, they aren’t a club, they’re a brand. This is reflected by the fact their logo no longer bears the words ‘football club’ which were removed in 1998.

As for the ‘Red Devils’? That’s their nickname, literally. Matt Busby liked the local rugby team’s moniker so much he stole it and had it added to their logo.

And their manager is trying to play the, “well we’re better than you”, card.

Alright mate, you keep telling yourself that. I’d rather be a supporter of a wee club than a fan of some sporting brand.


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