IT MUST be very perplexing to be a fan of Manchester United.
For those of us on the outside looking in, especially if you tend to be a Red Devils detractor, it is easy to point the finger and chuckle.
The last seven days alone have seen United claim to have pulled off a coup by re-signing England striker Wayne Rooney for five years – while the rest of us are thinking that the little ginger scouser’s agent Paul Stretford has pulled a real fast one in gaining his client a huge pay hike while the striker has hardly produced the goods on the field the best part of a year.
United also seemed to be wanting to be regarded as wonderful benefactors by buying Nobby Stiles World Cup winner’s medal for a record £188,200 at auction – while the rest of us are thinking Rooney could have given up a week’s wages and helped out the gap-toothed Old Trafford and England legend and the hero of 1966 could have kept his medal.
And looming on the horizon (although admittedly the chances are it may be a fairly distant one) is the conundrum that I think all football fans want to see – Manchester United FC against FC United of Manchester.
The club formed by fans in 2005 have made rapid progress up the non-League pyramid and have made their mark by reaching the FA Cup first round and face a derby tie against Rochdale.
The FA Cup being what it is I am sure I am not the only one who would love to see the boys from Bury battle their way through to a third round clash at Old Trafford.
Taking a rapid straw poll of United fan(s) – otherwise known as Sam in the office – he is quite plainly fully behind the efforts of the FCUM (what a brilliant acronym that is!) breakaway club and firmly believes that most United supporters share that view.
But just who would the green and gold scarf toting ‘rebels’ at Old Trafford be shouting for?
Let’s just hope we get to find out.