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Mark Goldbridge

Manchester United Fans – Are YOU a real fan?

The international break is here! Like a severe case of piles, it’s not something I’ll be sitting down and enjoying this week but fair play to those who do. I’ll admit there was a time when young Goldbridge would be sat there in his full England kit excited at the prospect of staying up on a Wednesday night to watch Sportsnight with Des Lynam but that fire died out years ago.

International football used to be the pinnacle but for many like me it’s down there like a piece of chewing gum on your shoe – annoying and won’t completely go away no matter how hard you try to get rid of it – a bit like Robbie Savage. I do enjoy the summer tournaments because it’s a break from the monotony of no football but during the proper season it’s disruptive and mediocre – like Robbie Savage.

Enough of the moaning though. Because away from the international scene it’s not been a bad break so far. Yes United were comprehensively beaten by Arsenal and having to listen to their gloating fans for the last few days has been challenging. But there’s two big positives to take from that result. One, LVG totally messed up with his tactics and I can’t see him making the same mistake again this season. And two, Arsenal have got as much chance of winning the league as Michael Owen & Phil Neville have of becoming the next big standup comedy sensation.

Arsenal fans really do take the biscuit when it comes to shallowness and hypocrisy don’t they? Before the United game they were all #WengerOUT with their banners and flags at the ready. Then twenty minutes in to the game United fans are all confused why a crowd that was three nil up was so quiet? The truth being all the Arsenal fans had popped out to redo their banners. Because by the second half they were all #WengerIN again. I’m not even joking, they’re in and out more times than a cuckoo clock on red bull.

Which in contrast brings me on to the best fans in the world – Manchester United fans. LIVE on Thursday night at 9pm we’ll be hosting what promises to be quite a lively debate on The United Stand YouTube Channel. In a way it seems odd that fans of the same club could potentially be falling out in such a heated debate but it’s something we’ve all witnessed. An elitist assumption from match going fans that they are more important/better fans than the rest of us. Total nonsense but one that needs discussing and understanding. Why do some fans feel the need to be like Arsenal fans? Why be petty, arrogant and dismissive of fellow fans? Or are they right?

All I’ll say is join the debate LIVE & have YOUR say on the LIVE comment box of the video or on twitter. We’ll be LIVE from 9pm and we want YOUR opinion no matter which side you stand.

For me, I do believe there are fans of the club who know more about it’s history and what it stands for but that’s not defined by who goes to games or lives in Manchester.

See you on the debate. It’s going to be interesting.

By Mark Goldbridge


Football has always been my passion, a passion fueled by my late Grandfather whose love for the game was impossible not to share. I grew up with stories of Duncan Edwards and the Busby Babes, who my Granddad had seen first hand, and it was there my interest in the greatest football story ever told began. From the tragedy of the Busby Babes to the resurrection through Best, Law and Charlton. Then back in to obscurity for a quarter of a century until a certain Sir Alex Ferguson rolled in to town. Once you learn the history of the club it's hard not to fall in love with it. And for that I'll always be grateful to my Pops.

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