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Vidic: We Will Be Proud Of United Fans

Ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool on Sunday, Nemanja Vidic has played down fears that our fans will show up the club by chanting about Hillsborough.

During Saturday’s win against Wigan, we were wrongly accused of mocking the tragedy, claiming that our anti-Liverpool chants are not a cause for concern.

“I don’t think we should put so much pressure on our fans,” he said. “People always try to make a big thing out of a small one but I don’t have any worries. We have shown many times in the past and I think we will be proud of them. The big teams respect each other and we are going to play football.”


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17 Comments

  1. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    Love the rock

  2. Sid - CafeManUtd.com says:

    I sometimes feel that we’re blessed that we always have had great leaders in the team. Vida is an admirable player and a true leader. He doesnt get the credit he deserves as a captain but the guy is a true legend as far as I am concerned. Right up there with the likes of Robson and Keane. He’s never had any issues with the club, has fought the hardest on the pitch and carries himself like a true professional. Our new captain marvel, if you like…

  3. Unitedforeva says:

    Vidic has a luxuriant head of blonde hair this season! Outstanding, if I may say so! Much better than those side-clopped look.

  4. DreadedRed says:

    Tremendous statement from our captain! So good it’s worth repeating:

    “I don’t think we should put so much pressure on our fans. People always try to make a big thing out of a small one but I don’t have any worries. We have shown many times in the past and I think we will be proud of them. The big teams respect each other and we are going to play football.”

    No worries skipper! Thanks for the vote of confidence, and thanks for pointing out the mountain-out-of-a-molehill machinations of the media.

  5. DreadedRed says:

    A look back at the first match between United and LFC after Hillsborough.

    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/170880.html#Z1OZHptqiClxkJrz.99

  6. belfast red. says:

    Dreadedred @11.44. Good we article. How pivotal a season that was for us. And tbh i hope we dont lower ourselves on Sunday against the scum. The media and every abu cunt would love it if we did…

  7. Simmo says:

    Well said Vida! Am going to the game on Sunday & looking forward to it!
    We cannot let ourselves, United or Liverpool down. We all know what it’s like to play games in emotional circumstances!
    Hopefully we can do ourselves proud, respect the memory of those 96 innocent people and show solidarity! If we don’t then were no better that Leeds Utd!!

  8. samriley9 says:

    I really hope our fans show the respect city showed us on the anniversary… the media will be ready
    to hammer us for the littlest thing so its a big fuck off to them too. im sure we will respect it, and then we can win the game, because thats will be the best thing to happen that day!!!

    COME ON BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUFC

  9. United till I die says:

    My question is say for this week we plan on skipping the “always the victim” chant just so we don t give them reason to complain what happens when they start to boo Evra every time he touches the ball?

    At that point are all bets off and Liverpool become fair game for any chant regarding the club excluding hillsbourgh?

  10. steve the red says:

    Decent people will show respect and I would hope that includes the vast majority of United fans. Everton showed their class on Monday night so United supporters can do the same. The two most successful teams in the history of the English game are always going to have a strong rivalry.

    The 96 that died could have been from any club on that fateful day – let’s remember that and respect thier memory.

  11. OHH AHH Cantona says:

    He needs to shave his head like in the picture and get a big scary scar around his eye

  12. Mark the Devil says:

    @ Steve the Red; and when are your lot going to stop singing about Munich!!

  13. Redbilly says:

    Let’s hope both sides show the respect due to the other .

  14. steve the red says:

    Mark – I totally agree with you. It is wrong and it’s horrible. Every team have a section of low life I’m afraid.

    We will just have to console ourselves with the fact that there are far more decent fans around than there ae scum.

  15. Mark the Devil says:

    @Steve the Red; am glad of your comment, it just irks me when it happens and there’s no outcry about it. As it happens i watched the tragedy unfold that day and it was a gut-wrenching scene. I’m pleased for the families that the truth has at last come out!! no thanks to the cops or the useless politicians though. And for what it’s worth, i have never and will never sing anything bad about tragedy. Still hate your club tho’ 8-)

  16. steve the red says:

    Me neither Mark. People who mock tragedies such as Hillsborough or Munich really aren’t worth knowing. Supporters should have banter and give each other stick when they beat each other but that should be it. Sunday will be emotional and as always will be a fixture I’d love to be at. Sadly for me I won’t be.

  17. gazzer says:

    Always the Victim is NOT a mockery of Hillsborough.

    It refers to the fiasco over Suarez and Evra when they closed ranks, got caught telling lies and didn’t have the decency to come clean when it was all clear on camera. They didn’t need the FA to tell them what we all saw.

    It also refers to the way they couldn’t bring themselves to say sorry over Heysel. So in that context, when they start moping over the tragedy of hillsborough, it is only right that people say – Hey!! What about YOU respecting the dead italians?

    THAT’s where the chant came from.

    And by the way, it’s not just the fans. They take their cue from the club itself.

    I’m sorry, but I won’t take lectures from anyone on this. I like the idea of waiting for them to start booing Evra before unleashing it. That way we can put it down to simple retailation. You know they’ll give us the opportunity. Remember, Evra was the only REAL victim here.

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