Supporters, Not Fans

During these worst of times for us United supporters, we can at least feel proud and give kudos to the swell of partisanship shown not only for David Moyes but the underperforming team.

As we move into territory not seen for two decades, our supporters (especially those who make expensive and treacherous journeys around Great Britain) sing their hearts out for the full ninety minutes and beyond.

Even in recent home games where they have been as nervy and unsure as the team itself, they still reign in the boos and sing in favour of David Moyes, standing by their new manager as Sir Alex asked them to. Even losing so many games at our once impenetrable fortress, the loyalty shown up to now has been impressive.

What is uttered in local pubs and chip shops on Sir Busby Way may be another matter, but to the world, the supporters are not washing their dirty laundry in public. Remember Benitez at Chelsea last year and the disgraceful actions of their so-called ‘fans’?

How long the multitudes of the United faithful show their patience in Moyes will depend on how we end the season; who leaves and who comes in. There are many who would like to see him go now, but who else would take his place, realistically?

For now, it seems he has backing from most supporters, many of whom want him to succeed rather than have a Chelsea-style manager merry-go-round.

Moyes may or may not prove to be the right choice – time will tell. In the meantime, the Red Army are doing their bit – that is why they are supporters, not just fans.  The players must also take responsibility; once they’re on the pitch, it’s up to them to wear the red shirt with pride and play like Fergie’s boys.