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Van Persie: Manchester is red

Robin van Persie has gone public to dispel the City myth and has claimed that Manchester is 80/20 red to blue.

“I have to say, I spoke to Nigel De Jong a couple of years ago when he was playing for City and he said ‘in Manchester, you only have City fans’,” Robin explained. “I said ‘Okay that sounds a bit weird but whatever’ and he claimed United fans are from all over the world, and from different cities. But I have to adjust him on that and say it is definitely not true. It is at least 50/50 in Manchester or it might be even more after what I saw last Monday, maybe it is 80/20 United. I saw so many people looking so happy. There were so many fans – it just came out of nowhere. There were more and more as the tour went on and it put a big smile on my face. It was a day that nobody will ever forget. This was just incredible. There were so many people, so many people who were so happy and so passionate about this championship.”

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  1. Mikael says:

    F**king right! I think somebody is having the time of his life ;)

  2. Little Red Ant says:

    De Jong towing the Citeh mantra without education !! Scary

  3. KVN says:

    We knew that anyway. It’s just the ABU’s that spread the myth.

  4. Redneck says:

    Read somewhere that city want to increase the capacity of the council house. WTF even more empty seats.

  5. Jon Phillips Rose Hill says:

    Putting aside all other evidence – I don’t get all this “look at all the reds/blues at our trophy parade; the city is must be red/blue”.

    It’s a bloody trophy parade for that particular team – course it will give the impression of the city being red/blue!! Are fans of the opposition going to turn up to the parade?


  6. markynorbs says:

    RvP is living the dream!

  7. batmanie says:

    @Jon Phillips Rose Hill – not sure you’re correct that the trophy parade will always show the city is red/blue, check out

  8. Sam says:

    I remember the days when Shaun Goater was the biggest name at city. Massive Club.

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    That’s true mate, City have put in a plan to increase by 20K seats to just around 60K.

    I hope it is seen for what it is. A blatant attempt to bypass FFP rules.

    The royal family has been buying all the unsold seats so that City can claim a sell out. I am sure they can afford any number of seats as a way to funnel more cash and look like they are reaching improved income.

    It’s a bold faced lie, at least on the face of it.

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Off topic but educational:

    From time to time we are linked with German internationals.
    When the discussion comes to ROM, I sometimes chime in that we have never successfully recruited any german player ever.

    Here is proof that it isn’t for want of trying.
    I make a similar argument about Spanish internationals. That one still holds because DeGea isn’t a full international and Pique buggered off before being regularly selected.

    The amount of money and lifestyle of these lads in their home countries is insane. Plus, the good ones all dream of the top sides and IF they go to Bayern or Real or Barca, they just arn’t interested in hearing anything else. We will see with DeGea. But my guess is that if he becomes Spain #1 he will be off pretty quick. The draw of Paella and Pesettas will be too much. Time will tell.

  11. Ruks says:

    Really luving his show of passion. Whats up wt wazza; lyk he wont get competition elsewhere. On a gud day wazza could match any1 (b4 ds season) bt he is a poor athlete who @28 has lost his pace and drive. luv 4 booze is killin hm. Som1 ship him china 4 gud money.

  12. StretfordEnder says:

    Tell us something we dont know

  13. TheCANTONA says:

    lol one blue troll here till cant accept the actual facts. hahahaha. keep on delusional eh….

  14. Unitedforeva says:

    Even though I don’t live in Manchester, I always knew what RVP said is true, about 80/20. With the collapse of City’s season plus the sacking of Mancini, please factor in those ‘temporary’ fans who might have already dumped their blue shirts in the bins. In that case it could be 90/10. Perhaps a referendum could be conducted by a show of faces. Oh, do fans include those Mancini coaches & David Platt? I’m sure they would have moved out of the City by now.

  15. redIbro says:

    There he goes saying “Incredible” again. haha

  16. Harty67 says:

    It’s ridiculous that we should even have to justify it yet again but we all know how huge Uniteds support is and how Manchester is certainly NOT blue. We are never going to change the ABUs nonsensical beliefs no matter what we say or do so fuck em I say.
    We even had the smug bastard Mike Wedderburn on Sky Sports News having his usual dig at us on air about our fans being non-manc, yet that’s from a city fan who is from Hampshire!! Shows what we are up against when trying to reason with these people.

  17. King Eric says:

    Harty. Ha yes heard that fat cunt Wedderburn and his snide dig. Best thing was last Saturday when United were stealing the headlines he got vexed because there was the FA cup on but nobody gave a fuck.

  18. reddevil61 says:

    I’ve been goin to o/t since 75/76 season if shitty were the bigger supported club how come they’ve never got near are attendances. fuck off back to Stockport bitters. I’ve heard shittys capacity increase only 6 thou and will cost 52 mil

  19. Jon Phillips Rose Hill says:

    “I always knew it was 80/20. If the temporary fans go it will be more like 90/10″.

    Utter tripe. What is the based on – smells in the air; a feeling; hairs on the back of your neck? Why come up with utter guesstimates then use it as facts.

    As for the link to the photo. Do you work in the propaganda uni?. Take one photo from an angle and compare it with another from a different place.? Genius.

    How about comparing parades within a couple of weeks of each other? ie Two seasons ago…….

  20. Batmanie says:

    “How about comparing parades within a couple of weeks of each other? ie Two seasons ago…..” Nice comeback, let’s look at parade numbers from a pissing wet day when the majority of the 30,000 UTD fans who had gone to cheer their team on in the champions league final 48 hours earlier, were not back. Lots of complaints from UTD fans at the timing of that parade but don’t let any of that get in the way of your bullshit. I also like your suggestion that the photographs in the link are unfair on city. For a second I thought you might be trying to suggest that city had the same numbers out as UTD this season and that the magic camera had just missed them all.

  21. Jon Phillips Rose Hill says:

    Batmanie. You do realise that non of your “facts” back up your argument?!

    “Majority of Utd fans who had gone to cheer on their team 48 hrs earlier were not back yet.” Firstly, how did you know this? Did you ask them all or was a survey carried out in a paper? Secondly, what were they doing during the 48 hrs? Making an extra long weekend in that far flung, never visited foreign city of London WHERE THE FINAL WAS PLAYED FFS? Even if it was Moscow they’d be coming back on the Sunday or even the same night you goon – but don’t let your “bullshit” theory about reds deciding to spend the Sunday night and all of Monday in London get in the way of things (unless of course they reside there……). Or maybe they were getting coach and horses/canal barge back from the capital and got back mid week. Idiot.

    The reported numbers City had out were 100,000, as were United’s last week. As opposed to Utd 2 yrs ago who had 43 men in black attending along with various scallies and a border collie. Oh, sorry, the majority of the 30,000 others were still having a knees up in London on the Monday. And it was raining. And it was slightly chilly. And the dog ate your homework etc.

    Possibly the worst, illogical argument I’ve heard.

  22. The One says:

    Only ABUs would have you believe otherwise!!

  23. King Eric says:

    Ha. Despite being a bitter Jon does amuse me. I found it odd that 48 hours earlier fans weren’t back. As he says the final was at Wembley. I went and got back Sunday afternoon.

  24. Sam says:

    So Jon has admitted its at least 50/50. Fantastic post Champ.

  25. Jon Phillips Rose Hill says:

    Yes Sam, I have. Read the posts and my point was about the statements as apposed to the numbers. Apart from at the end of course where Batman started making things up. BTW, I admit it, Utd have more fans in Manchester (probably), so what. Who cares?

  26. sam says:

    Its just banter Jon, its significance stops there. No one has to lose any sleep over it. We get it, although you think Manchester is red, you take offence to how that argument was presented. And you are carefree. Fantastic.


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