9 in 10 Manchester United fans wanted Saudi takeover of Newcastle United
Manchester United fans have been at the forefront of the tsunami of criticism Newcastle United fans have faced in recent weeks.
In addition to football and media pundits as usual tearing apart the NUFC fan base, supporters of nearly every other club lined up to gain the moral upper hand.
Manchester United fans are keen to lecture Newcastle supporters about their supposed flaws as football fans.
Steve Bruce has been an ongoing debate for what seems everlasting and when he was finally sacked Newcastle fans found themselves under attack even more.
With Manchester United fans leading the charge, saying what a shame it was that such a brilliant manager and person who had (supposedly) done such a superb job through thick and thin, had been kicked out by the ashamed fans ( according to them) of the NUFC. . This despite fans saying anything but… only seven wins in his last 38 games with a low 18% win ratio, clueless tactics, no wins in the first nine games of the 2021/22 season, less points (41 in 42 PL matches) than any other PL club in the last 365 days, terrible football, more goals conceded (65 in 35 PL matches) than any other PL club, second last in the Premier League… and so right now.
Funny how quickly the agenda (and the rules …) can change, Manchester United fans are now inflicting shocking abuse on club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and demanding he be sacked, for the crime having finished second in the Premier League last season, currently seventh in the table and a “huge” three points out of the top four, leading their Champions League group.
You couldn’t make it up. The hypocritical nature of Manchester United fans quite astonishing, same with the media. Talk about a rule set for one fan base (NUFC) and a very different rule set for another fan base (MUFC).
It’s getting better though, because while Steve Bruce is such a brilliant manager and person (and a club legend to them), it’s virtually impossible to find a single Man Utd fan or reporter who wants / thinks Steve Bruce should be a manager at Old Trafford. when / if Solskjaer leaves.
If you thought hypocrisy was bad, then what about this one …
Manchester United fans have been arguably the loudest once again as they say how ashamed Newcastle United fans have been celebrating the end of more than 14 years of Mike Ashley, with the replacement being ambitious new owners , led by the PIF of Saudi Arabia buying 80% of the club.
So many Manchester United fans (and those of other clubs) claiming that they would stop supporting their club if the Saudis took over their club, how they would not support it, would protest against these new owners rather than going to the matches etc.
Well, oddly enough …
In 2018 and 2019, it was in Man Utd that it was widely reported that the Saudis were trying to buy. the takeover of NUFC was.
A number of offers were reportedly made as the Glazers resisted the Saudi dictator’s offers, with the issue continuing until 2019.
Indeed, it was still only a few months before Saudi interest in Newcastle United was first reported.
So, when it was their club that was targeted for a possible takeover by Saudi Arabia, and by Mohammed Bin Salman himself, Manchester United fans obviously mounted all the barricades demanding that this takeover not take place …
Well, exactly two years ago, in October 2019, a newspaper poll asked Manchester United fans if they supported Saudi dictator Mohammed Bin Salman’s takeover of the Glazer family.
There were 8,302 votes cast by Manchester United fans and it was a clear and astounding result with 7,565 (91.12%) versus 737 (8.88%).
Yes, these Man Utd supporters really showed Mohammed Bin Salman that there was no way for them to accept Saudi ownership …
Wait, just check…, ahhhh, it was actually 7,565 (91.12%) in FAVOR of a Saudi takeover with only 737 (8.88%) voting against the takeover in this Manchester fan poll United directed by The Sun.
Quite astonishing, isn’t it, how in just two years so many Manchester United fans (and others) have now found such high principles, where they in fact claim they would stop supporting their club. it was under Saudi ownership, whereas in October 2019 it was. very different. Also bear in mind that while Newcastle had an owner, Mike Ashley, who refused to let the club try to win anything, under the Glazers Manchester United fans saw 19 trophies won including the Champions League and several Premier League titles.
It’s almost like it’s so much easier to criticize when this kind of takeover happens at another club. When it is hypothetical for fans of other clubs, it is not difficult to understand that it would be a simple choice to stop going to matches, stop supporting the club, etc. It should also be noted that while a number of journalists and the media did not change their position at all, for so many others it was / is very different. If you go back a few years, the media treated a possible Saudi takeover of Man Utd in a VERY different way than how they reacted once a possible takeover of Newcastle United could occur.
Again, is this a surprise for the media and Manchester United fans …
Where have their campaigns, outrage and tenets been for the past 13 years and it matters, with the Saudi regime being Man Utd’s longest-standing sponsor.
The Saudi regime, through state-owned company Saudi Telecom, has invested fortunes in Old Trafford for more than 13 years since 2008 and continues to do so.
Then, in 2017, Man Utd accepted another very lucrative source of income from the Saudi regime, “the Saudi Arabian General Sports Authority” in partnership with Manchester United.
While advertising and sponsorship deals are of course a smaller deal than an actual club takeover, the “principle” remains pretty much the same. Why have we never heard the media for the past 13 years and more demanding to know why Manchester United fans don’t care about their club selling their good reputation to the Saudi regime in return for serious riches which have helped their club? / team to win a lot of trophies? Surely winning things isn’t more important to Manchester United fans than taking a principled stand and refusing to support a club that implicitly supports a regime with such a poor human rights record?
As Groucho Marx said …“These are my principles, and if you don’t like them … well, I have more.”