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United Fans Did Themselves Justice

I do not have to quote Fergie, do I? You surely all remember his comments after the 1-0 win against Birmingham at Old Trafford: he blasted the fans for lack of atmosphere they created.

Fast forward to yesterday's game at Aston Villa. The travelling Red Army outsung the home crowd from start to finish, proudly and loudly. It was clear that everyone felt it's a question of pride to respond to the manager.

And United fans have shown their class by repeatedly singing that 'Every single one of us loves Alex Ferguson'. And of course the big man also felt he's due to praise them.

"They were absolutely fantastic. Every time we come to Villa Park whether it be for an FA semi-final or a league match they`re always really up for it and that makes a difference to the team.

I made that point last week. And when our fans are like they were today we don`t let them down."


It is a bit of an exaggeration. The game DID let the fans down, it was a damp squib for 80 minutes yet it's true that the team was well-organised and after Rooney's introduction, fluid. But it was clear that fans would keep singing even at 5-0 down.

Wayne Rooney, the matchwinner, also hailed the fans' support after the game.

"It is brilliant. Some teams struggle to fill the away end in a Premier League match. Obviously we get more tickets in the Cup but we`ve filled it again.

'It`s a fantastic effort from the fans. The atmosphere`s always good. I enjoy playing at Villa Park and we`ve certainly deserved our wins here."


Makes a nice change, eh? Hopefully this will end the flow of Fergie-inspired articles about the deadly silence inside English stadia...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 6 2008

Time: 8:07PM

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Its an absolute undeniable cast-iron, bolted on, stick-on, 100% truism to say that the atmosphere is cak at OT nowadays. So what? Most Prem clubs are poor now. Now... yer average away fan is a different beast altogether. That is why many true United fans prefer away days to 'prawn' days. If you want atmosphere try FC United after 6 or 7 pints. Footie like it used to be.....
greyhound
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06/01/2008 20:12:00

or, if you want atmosphere, try visiting fratton park...
pompeycarpet
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06/01/2008 21:20:00

And well done to the pair of you! You sang your bleedin hearts out, though singing, 'Where the f***'s my bleeding prawns', doesn't really count for supporting your team does it? Now head back to your Cornish headquaters and see if you can come up with a contingency plan lol!
flv
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06/01/2008 23:37:00

ive got to admit the united fans sounded good on box and i commented to my mate that they did...
pompeyrug
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07/01/2008 00:30:00

pompeyrug, a little advice. Turn your tv, 'ON', next time okay! haha.
flv
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07/01/2008 00:45:00

Because he heard united fans through a deactivated tv?
Tosswink
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07/01/2008 09:31:00

By and large the Man Utd fans were good at Villa Park, can't deny it, no different to how us Villans are away from home and horrible as a home supporter to hear the noise, makes me appreciate what we take away from home. But for Fergie to compliment them all and not have a go at the mindless ones trying (and a couple succeeding) to get on the pitch is bad and also no mention of the flair?
The Fear
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07/01/2008 09:38:00

Look, what did you expect? It's the FA's job to punish those guys or the club if they see fitting. Fergie, after criticising the fans, knew he must praise them now unreservedly.
midlothian99
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07/01/2008 16:32:00

 

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