Manchester United: one of the stalwarts of the Premier League and One of the most successful Premier League clubs ever. This begs the question… why do people dislike the Red Devils so much?
Well there is a myriad of factors from jealousy to morality which makes people dislike Man U.
It isn’t just local rivals like Manchester City or Leeds that aren’t keen on them, indeed sometimes it feels like the whole country is out to get the Manchester club.
This list will go through TEN of the reasons for hating Manchester United. From ex-managers to transfer policies and even possibly some of the fans they attract…
Manchester United have got a bit of a reputation for persuading stars from rival Premier League clubs to join them. In recent years we have seen the likes of Robin Van Persie go to Old Trafford and immediately begin to win things (which may allude as to why these players are attracted to the club.
Add to that the likes of Wayne Rooney, Edwin Van Der Sar, Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and more historically Eric Cantona. Rival Premier League teams obviously don’t like to be weakened so this sheds a negative light on United.
As Man U are a successful club they will always attract ‘glory’ supporters. You know the one’s, the kind who are happy to gloat about United winning games but can’t tell you a lot about their team beyond their starting XI.
This kind of attitude can be frustrating to fans who are passionate about the sport and believe that United fans struggle to create atmosphere (particularly at home). Of course we understand that there are some passionate United fans who follow their team all over the globe, however even these guys will tell you how much their ‘glory’ supporters frustrate them.
Manchester United are a gargantuan football club. They are a worldwide brand and if you mention football, regardless of where you are, there’s a good chance that a large majority of people will have at the very least heard of Manchester United.
Because of this, the people like to see them lose. It always makes for a good story when the smaller club walks out on top and people like to see the apple cart upset.
There have been some suggestions over the years that Manchester United have had their fair share of luck in games, particularly towards the closing stages of a game. The Champions League win in 1999 is a perfect example of this as the Red Devils came back from 1-0 down to score two goals in injury time. People sometimes feel they don’t deserve some of the results they’ve had a fair share of refereeing decisions go their way.
People have claimed throughout the years, particularly in the ‘Fergie’ era, that referees favour Man United. So much so that English referee Howard Webb became a figure of ridicule for supposedly favouring the Red Devils with his decisions. Some argued that this was all due to intimidation tactics by Sir Alex Ferguson, but the point remains that it has had an effect on the way some people view the club as they feel that they have a bit of an unfair advantage.
Some people feel like the ‘good guys’ in their squad are few and far between. With this in mind it’s not hard to see why. Alongside Eric Cantona kicking a Crystal Palace fan we have a number of incidents from Roy Keane’s terrible tackle against Alf-Inge Haaland to Ashley Young constantly diving whenever he gets near the pitch.
There have been some question marks raised about the English players’ abilities to perform at international level, as well as club level. David Beckham would be considered one of these players, after getting sent off against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. Add to that Wayne Rooney’s disappointing performance against Iceland and the picture becomes to get clearer about why some neutral fans may have a dislike of United. Saying that, Marcus Rashford had a good tournament, in the 20 minutes he played.
Football fans in England, particularly those against ‘modern football’, believe that Manchester United are too commercial andare more of a money making project than a football club.
Considering their success in branding and selling their image some football fans think it is outrageous that they are also one of the more expensive sides to watch at home in the Premier League at £53 for a ticket in the brand new Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.
They say that jealousy breeds hate, and that can be applied here. Many Red Devils would argue that their prolonged success and their ability to always be near the top of the table has made people have negative opinions of them.
And considering they’re the most decorated in the country it’s not ridiculous to suggest that some other Premier League fans might be feeling slightly jealous of their success. After winning everything there is to win many trophy-less clubs can only look over in angst.
Sir Alex Ferguson. What a manager. Longevity, success and exciting players, what more could you ask for in a manager?
Aside from all of his achievements and the long list of good things, he did have a habit of rubbing people up the wrong way. From comments and gestures towards referees to calling other managers in disrepute Fergie certainly made some enemies during his extended time managing the Red half of Manchester.