In the last 20 year, Manchester United have won:
12 Premiership titles
An additional 8 qualifying slots for the European Champion’s League (ie a top 3 Premier League finishing slot)
2 European Championship titles, and two further runner up sets of medals
9 FA Charity Shields
5 League Cups
4 FA Cups
1 Fifa Club World Cup (the only British club ever to do so)
1 Intercontinental Club Cup (Again, the only British club ever to do so)
All of this has been accomplished under the leadership of one manager. Not bad for a league where, at other clubs, the manager’s role resembles a game of musical chairs.
He has consistently maintained that no player is more important than the club, which has lead to some high profile departures, but has not dimmed the record of success.
Manchester United play fast paced, passionate, attacking football and maintain a positive can-do attitude. They don’t play for one goal and ‘shut the doors’ (go full defensive). They’re out for the hat tricks, the high levels of scoring, the experience and the passion and drive of the game.
Whilst I may not be as fanatical a follower as I was in my teenage years, Manchester United hold a soft spot in my heart and I am still always pleased to hear about them doing well.
Today they lost the Premiership to neighbours, Manchester City. And many Man Utd fans are grieving. To them I say this:
Manchester City, in the last 20 years, have won:
1 League Division 1 Championship
1 League Division 2 Championship
1 FA cup
1 Charity Shield
They have not had a European success since 1970
They have been relegated (moved down a league) twice.
And in the last 20 years, they have had 14 different managers.
Do not grieve, my dear Manchester United fellow fans. Success is enduring for us, whilst for City - it is fleeting, and they deserve their moment in the sun after their fans have endured so much disappointment.
Be magnanimous and generous. We’ll be back.