The boos were relentless as Aston Villa beat Walsall 3-2 this week, with Villa fans letting former idol, Gareth Barry, know exactly what they now think of him. He was stripped of the captaincy, with the armband going to Marlon Harewood instead, as he was forced to play with the Reserves.
Cries of “Judas” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” alternated with chants of “Martin O’Neill” as the Villa faithful made their sympathies all too clear in the opening period.
Following an insane lack of better judgement, Barry has burnt all bridges at his current club and is no closer to securing his desired move to Liverpool. Whilst I don’t have much sympathy for Barry, it’s not a situation I like to see. He’s been at the club for over 10 years, since he was a teenager, he was their captain, adored by the fans, and now he’s being called ‘Judas’. Can you imagine if Scholes, Neville, Giggs, Butt etc. put us in that position? It’s sad.
This situation is of course different to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, but the frustration voiced by reds on this blog and elsewhere suggests that the Portuguese slave will be in for a rough time with our fans next season. Whilst we’ve always known he was going to leave us for Spain one day, I don’t think anyone anticipated he’d get itchy feet so soon, and feel let down by his decision not to publicly state his desire to stay next season.
Do you think Ronaldo deserves to be booed if he’s still at United next season?
The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview. It contains 20 articles written by football experts on the countries our players will be representing in Brazil. There is also exclusive content from this country's top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield. All profit is going to charity. More info on the RoM World Cup preview can be found here.
Minimum price is £4. Enter your e-mail address to receive the download and the price you would like to pay.