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Man Utd 0-3 Chelsea

I don’t really want to talk about the game. Most people have seen it anyway, and its too depressing to recall.

What I want to mention is the atmosphere on Saturday. At the beginning of the game I was so impressed by the rallying of support for the lads. Despite all the criticism in the press we cheered them solidly to show our loyalty.

Yet as the game went on and the trauma got worse a large number of ‘reds’ turned on the players. According to the guy behind me, who Im sure loved the lads until a few weeks ago, Beckham is a ‘knob’ and Barthez should ‘f**k off back to France.’

With 10 minutes left to play the ground was half empty, yet strangely this helped the atmosphere. All the muppets, glory hunters and day trippers left (hopefully for good; let them all support Liverpool) leaving behind hardcore red supporters who raised the roof singing their love for Alex Ferguson.

Supporting a team is about accepting the bad times and the good, and we have certainly had more than our fair share of good. Now its time more than ever to stand firm in the face of criticism and show our loyalty. These are the same players that won us a treble, how dare fans turn on them and criticise them publicly.

There has always been a hardcore element of reds that want us to have a few lean years to chase out the hangers on in the crowd. Now I can’t say I want United to do badly, but I can understand their school of thought.

Be proud to be a red, not just when they win, but always. The Scousers may be on the way to stealing our trophy, but that is no excuse to give up on the lads. As Monty Python and the Stretford End used to sing; Always look on the bright side of life.

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