#MUFC ERIC CANTONA
he is my all time fav
Last week, I started a project I called “What United Means" as a way of reaching out to other Manchester United supporters around the world, to find out exactly what this club represents to you. There was an overwhelming response; thank you so much to everyone who got involved. The point of this project was not just for fun - although that was a pretty big part of it. I took this on for a very specific reason.
We live in a reality where, to many football clubs, a supporter is just another face, another number, another pound sign. We’re customers before anything else, revenue-generating sheep, pawns in the dog-eat-dog world of business and PLCs. We communicate in an internet world where mob mentalities take over, things are easily said when a computer screen separates you, people are told to follow certain rules, and the friends you make will always hold something back from you. It is difficult to understand the struggles others are facing. We’re not always appreciated and treated as people. This was a way of connecting with you, getting to know you a little better, hearing what Manchester United does for you, and offering your words to other fans.
I’d like you to read the words from the above contributors; some names you may recognise, others perhaps not. As different and unique as you all are, you’re a lot more alike than you think. We support a fantastic football club, the best in the world. All too often, people drift away and forget that. I don’t want you to forget how this club makes you feel, all the little ways in which it has helped you, brightened your day, given you something to talk about, brought you friends.
This football club has saved people’s lives. It has been, in some cases, the sole reason for a person going to bed one night and somehow finding the strength to climb out of it the next morning. If that’s not incredible, I don’t know what is. We are only human, after all. We are not soulless robots. To quote Roy Keane: “United have a great manager, great players and great staff. But it’s the fans that make Manchester United the best team in the world.” Sure, we each are one tiny fraction of a remarkable network of people, but nobody supports this club like you do. You matter.
Do not ever let anyone doubt you, regardless of who you are, where you come from, or when United became “your” club. The above contributions came from all over the world: the UK, Sweden, Bulgaria, South Africa, India, USA, the Philippines etc. Let them serve as examples of how far-reaching our club is, its appeal stretching to every far flung corner of the planet. It has no limits. This is something that should be embraced, celebrated, because the reality is that someone, a complete stranger thousands of miles away, is going through the same trials and difficult times as you are, and United is their light at the end of the tunnel. Just as it is yours. Nobody can tell you how to love your club.
Do not ever underestimate the power of football, or the people who follow it. The above stories are just the tip of the iceberg; this sport is home to some of the most vibrant, wonderful people you will ever meet. It’s about being part of something so much bigger than ourselves, than anything, and I think we all agree: our lives would be a little dull without Manchester United.