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Fergie’s Letter To Fans: Stop Hating Liverpool

“Dear Supporter,

“The great support you gave the team here [at Anfield] last season has seen our allocation back up to near-full levels. I want you to continue that progress today.

“But today [Sunday] is about much more than not blocking gangways. Today is about thinking hard about what makes United the best club in the world.

“Our rivalry with Liverpool is based on a determination to come out on top – a wish to see us crowned the best against a team that held that honour for so long.

“It cannot and should never be based on personal hatred. Just ten days ago, we heard the terrible, damning truth about the deaths of 96 fans who went to watch their team try and reach the FA Cup final and never came back. What happened to them should wake the conscience of everyone connected with the game.

“Our great club stands with our great neighbours Liverpool today to remember that loss and pay tribute to their campaign for justice. I know I can count on you to stand with us in the best traditions of the best fans in the game.

“Yours sincerely, Sir Alex Ferguson.”

Writing a letter to the fans ahead of another trip to Anfield makes sense, particularly in light of the fuss over our “it’s never your fault” chant, but you’ve got to wonder why he would even suggest we stopped hating Liverpool. We can be a part of the human race and not disrespect the deaths of 96 innocent people, but expecting us to stop hating Liverpool fans? Yeh. Ok.


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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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115 Comments

  1. Reddevil61 says:

    Just take alook at there forums as I did last night , just a bunch of bindippin twats . It’s all our faults

  2. TonyBee says:

    Keanoisdaman … YOU ARE AN ARSEHOLE….. I read from your post(s) you are attempting to maintain you are older than your post makes you out to be ….

    stating such bullshit that you have been to Analfield before Hillsbourough….you lying little cunt….

  3. Giles Oakley says:

    Well said United TllI I die, especially nailing that old cobblers about working class people.

  4. kylelaw84 says:

    I have respect for the 96 as i’m sure 99% of the Manchester United fans have but the have respect for Liverpool FC are you joking? I was brought up to believe respect should be earn’t, not given. It’d be nice in an ideal world it all they shite between the clubs went away but be realistic, that isn’t going to happen so some people need to get down off their high horse and stop telling people how they should think.

  5. Redbilly says:

    Unlikely working class can think rationally . Mmmmmmm. thin ice that one

  6. Keanoisdaman says:

    Tonybee,wow you seem dead ard!! probably been goin utd since before you were born,run along and sing your pathetic chants little boy.

  7. Fuck the rat eating cunts says:

    When you av had the dirty fucking lot swinging stanly blades about,then try stick up for em……..(al ways the victim never there fault)

  8. utd will never die says:

    Utd till I die.if you think people who were born lucky and were given everything all their lives have the same mentality as someone who’s had to work and fight for everything,that’s your opinin,I disagree.Didn’t even use the word rational,what I said don’t understand how someone can stay emotionally unattached and passionate at the same time,imo working class people have more passion about Football its a sport with working class roots that most play starting as kids
    So we’ll disagree but don’t make up an arguement on something I never said

  9. brett1985 says:

    There is a difference between being emotionally vacant and in control of your emotions. Also, I thought elitists gave up on trying to claim they were the working class, salt of the earth, hardcore fans whenever the last folks to claim as much fucked off to support another team.

  10. Fuck the rat eating cunts says:

    Tony bee, Tony bee, Tony Tony Tony bee…….new song every time a stap on some bins skull hahaha

  11. Corea says:

    @Mahesh – it was a pleasure.

  12. Sid says:

    We as supporters of this club should show magnanimity in the wake of this important moment and keep these personal differences aside and stop these chants. Nobody can feel proud of being a die hard supporter by making these chants because deep down we all know that life is bigger than any game or any rivalry. That Fergie had to give this request in writing shows that we’ve let him down and I for one feel that we shouldn’t let the great man down and come what may behave in a way deserving of this great club and its legacy.

  13. TonyBee says:

    Keanoisdaman…that is the point you fucking retard…. I DON’T sing the chants and never have
    …. BUT I will defend the right to be able to sing them…..And no scouse sympathizing moron like you will ever stop the chants

    In answer to you illiterate post at 13:01….. I have been a RED for over 50 years not 50 minutes like you….

    as for being hard ….what on earth is hard about calling you a fuck-wit, a retard.or a fucking moron

    Fuck the rat eating cunts ….(Or is it Wayne)…… never used Stanley blades or had them used against me …thank fuck…them things tend to sting …unlike blog posts by idiots

  14. veek says:

    maybe he’s just saying, they’re just the new noisy neighbours now. don’t hate them, pity them.

  15. Keanoisdaman says:

    Tony bee,dont cry fella……

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