OK, it’s only Tuesday. But let’s go early this week. The Man Utd “Who are You?” is ready to run but will appear tomorrow or Thursday. No reason, though, why we shouldn’t get cracking in the build-up to Saturday evening’s momentous game with Guess the Score.
The good news is that the prize is back. The less good news is that it’s still only a mug, albeit a beautiful Salut! Sunderland mug with the promise of a suitably amended design should a United supporter emerge as the competition winner.
Look at the headline again. The brand could be a reference to our opponents, which is what even their most traditional of supporters would accept is what United have become.
As our quite excellent “Who are You?” interviewee puts it: “Is it embarrassing to have ‘fans’ who probably think that Best, Law & Charlton is a firm of solicitors? Absolutely. Should we curse people on the other side of the world who wear a United shirt and take pleasure in their success? Not really. It’s the world today. Get over it.”
Then there’s the gloryseeking. For once, that’s us, not them. Glory for us is avoiding defeat in a home game. Ultimate glory is actually winning. Either outcome would give us all – Sunderland fans, that is – a huge lift. It is also considered way beyond us by every pundit and his dog.
Can we hope David Moyes’s threadbare squad will be utterly shagged out from tomorrow night’s exploits in the Ukraine, versus FC Shakhtar Donetsk? Was that a pig flying past the window?
Entries can be hopelessly optimistic, realistic or gloomy. That’s your choice. The winner shall be whoever Monsieur Salut declares it to be, namely the reader who is first to post the correct scoreline between now and kickoff.
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