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Anti-Glazer Protests Show Manchester United Fans Ugly Side

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Stickers are seen in protest towards the club owners in the Stretford End stand during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on January 23, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Ramkumar SCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2010

The Glazers had always been the villains for Manchester United's faithful fans.

They have always viewed the Glazers as a corporate greed machine that has exploited Manchester United's glory and support for their own gains. Fans made no secret of their dislike in the game against Hull City. 

"Die, die, Glazer. F***ing die” chants could be heard in Manchester United's 4- 0 victory over Hull. And those chants were not sung by the Hull City Fans.

Manchester United Fans who have often reminded fans of other teams to adopt a nicer approach to death and other unfortunate events after the Munich tragedy seemed to have ignored their own suggestions and were very vocal about their hatred towards the Glazers. Hypocrisy perhaps?  

Such hate chants were not heard last year or the year before when Manchester United's debt was still sky high and the Glazers were still making money from Manchester United's fans. So what happened this year?

Did the success of their previous years blind them to this obvious fact that other fans have often reminded them of? Or were they simply so spoiled that victory was all they cared about? Surely the Glazers did not cause them to lose against Barcelona or Manchester City.

So spoiled that they chose to ignore the words of Sir Alex Ferguson? Surprising.

The fans have always supported Fergie through the good and the bad, through the raging rants against the referee (and Rafa), and the silence demonstrated to the media. From failed team selections to overpaying for players. However, when Sir Alex urged the fans to stop the anti-Glazer protests, it fell on deaf ears.

At least the dressing room still listens to Sir Alex.

NewCastle has been through a lot more and their fans have swallowed their pride and shown a bit more class. Liverpool with its current woes still has the fans supporting the team and are not so vocal against the American owners. 

So, what has riled the Manchester United supporters so much that they are engaged in such protests and offensive chants against their owners? And what exactly do they expect their protests to achieve?

Fans have to realize exactly who they are and must act that way. They are not the shareholders or owners, merely ticket holders.

If they feel that the club is going in a way that they do not like then perhaps they need to take a more mature approach to get themselves heard. Resorting to such tactics is only going to make them look bad.

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