I don’t know if you heard but apparently a few Manchester United fans showed up at Ed Woodward’s empty home last night and threw flares over his front gate.
Well, of course you heard, because every paper and online media outlet covered the story. On Sky Sports ahead of United’s 1-0 win over City at the Etihad this evening, it was claimed that United’s reputation had been damaged by the event.
I imagine most Reds would agree that while singing a few build a bonfire nursery rhymes, as we have done for decades, isn’t an issue, turning up at Woodward’s home crosses a line. While it’s unlikely that the flares would have caused any harm to his TWO YOUNG TWINS even if they had been home, it’s still unnecessary. It’s not their fault their dad is a useless cunt.
The very next day, City supporters were caught on camera on several occasions mimicking aeroplanes, in reference to the Munich Air Disaster. 23 people died in 1958 as a result of the tragedy, including former City goalkeeper Frank Swift who made close to 400 appearances for them.
HATE CITY!! #MCIMUN pic.twitter.com/UyUOnW6vLr
— Marky Carter (@marky_carter) January 29, 2020
It’s interesting that the media have remained largely silent over City fans mocking people who actually died, while they’re up in arms over United fans throwing flares over a gate when nobody was home.
If you weren’t aware, former journalist Neil Ashton started his own PR firm recently and took on Woodward as a client in the past fortnight. In that time, chants that United and many other clubs have sung for decades, like ‘build a bonfire’ have started to be referred to as “death chants” by some. I mean, we’re talking about a literal nursery rhyme here.
Airplane gestures by Man City fans at the game #mcfc #mufc 🙄 pic.twitter.com/MzO53hvg8J
— Joe Asbridge (@joeasbridge) January 29, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Ashton’s journalist pals have got behind his cause and have attempted to vilify United fans for singing songs that nobody had ever batted an eyelid at before. We aren’t actually putting scousers, Woodward or the Glazers on a bonfire are we, any more than school kids are putting teachers or dinner ladies on one. Yet the outrage that has been displayed in the papers and on social media would have you believe Woodward was nursing third-degree burns as a result of our songs.
Some people have even claimed that the chants were the cause of those supporters showing up at Woodward’s house. Imagine thinking that the fact Woodward has done an atrocious job over the past seven years, overseeing our worst spell since the 1970s, wasn’t the cause for the behaviour of those fans’, rather them being inspired by the build a bonfire chants. By that logic, it’s fairly incredible that scousers and City fans have avoided being chucked on a bonfire for all these years, and remarkable that Dalglish hasn’t been hung from a tree, if chants have such power.
City "Fans" already giving the Munich #Dickheads pic.twitter.com/dyXYYAJQwu
— Nicw MUFC 🇾🇪 (@NicwMUFC) January 29, 2020
If Sky Sports cameras managed to unintentionally catch incidents of the Munich mocking on a few occasions, it makes you wonder just how many City fans were guilty of the same behaviour across the ground.
But will City supporters taking the piss out of the dead court anywhere near the same attention as our songs? I probably don’t need to answer that question.
Spat on. Chair thrown at me. Chewing gum. Drink. Called a Munich & a grass. Quality. Plus this… pic.twitter.com/pULkuDT3LX
— Andy Thompson (@andy_thomo) January 29, 2020