The internet and transfer windows often make the perfect storm of idiocy as rumours and conjecture are turned into facts and reactions at such a speed and with so much ferocity it’s enough to make me spill the tea in my official Manchester United mug. Normally the idea of a certain player coming to Old Trafford is dissected on social media long before he even gets near Manchester and we can pretty much gauge whether the fans are for or against such a signing. Now with the added factor of a new manager it seems some United fans have completely lost the plot as the reaction of some to a rumour about Phil Jagielka joining the Reds is actually quite scary.
On Monday evening a United fan @OSullivanMUFC tweeted [as a joke]: R20;Anyone else just see that on Sky Sports News?! Had Phil Jagielka to
#MUFC in the breaking news bar for about 5 seconds and then vanished!”
By and large the tweet was ignored or laughed at by a lot of Reds but the scary part wasn’t the amount who fell for it, after all stranger things have happened, but their reaction to the ‘news’:
Of course not all United fans are ready to crucify our new manager over one ‘alleged’ signing we don’t agree with but it doesn’t bode well for Moyes’s chances of being given time by a lot of Reds judging by the severely over the top reaction to a rumour we saw last night.
The main hope is that like much of what we see on social media, the reaction wasn’t a true indication of the thoughts of the majority of United fans, after all in the past we’ve seen R20;Fergie Out” tweets following a draw at home to West Bromwich Albion. Let’s just hope next time there’s a rumour, a signing we don’t agree with, or God forbid an actual defeat, we don’t see United fans killing themselves or anyone else for that matter.
Will Moyes be given time by United fans? Does he need to hit the ground running? Has life under Sir Alex made us impatient?
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