Is the Etihad home to new breed of fan?
Byline: STUART BRENNAN firstname.lastname@example.org @StuBrennanMEN
SOME City fans need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
Then they need to give themselves a slap, take a deep breath and put the events of the past seven days into perspective.
Sometimes it is difficult for non-Blues to get inside the heads of fans who have had to put up with years of ritual humiliation and the sneering mockery of preening neighbours. And yet City fans developed a reputation, down those difficult years, of having a good-humoured stoicism as a reaction to their team lurching from crisis to calamity and back again.
They had the ability to laugh at their predicament, and take pride in the fact that they were still getting 30,000 crowds while playing two divisions down the leagues.
Looking at the scenes after the derby at the weekend, with some fans crying and hugging each other in the stands, you wonder what is going on. Has all the success attracted a new breed of fan, unable to put things in context? Or has the growing momentum of the past ten years built up such a weight of expectation that some of the old breed of Blue have lost their sense of gallows humour? Some of the seem to have sense of humour Stuart In perspective, losing the derby was no big deal.
United fans have celebrated it like a trophy triumph, a clear indicator of their current status as a team and a club.
They have reacted like a boxer who lands a sucker punch on their way to a 12-round points mauling - a moment of inflicted pain but ultimately irrelevant.
And yet the over-the-top reaction from some was ludicrous.
You wonder if they were around when City were foot-slogging their way around the third tier of English football, and the future looked as bleak as Saddleworth Moor.
One fan on social media declared that, for all the great football, one trophy in the bag and another imminent, this season would be remembered for that derby defeat.
It's a barmy outlook.
The last seven days have been bruising for the club, and a reminder that Pep Guardiola is only at the start of his project, which has some way to go.
old Blues lost their gallows Brennan But set in the context of a magnificent season, packed with memorable wins, marvellous goals and other-worldly football, it has been a blip.
The law of averages dictates that no club goes through a season without experiencing a bad patch - it so happens that City's dip came in the biggest week of the season to date.
And even then, the first-half of the derby, and of the home leg against Liverpool, were stunning at times - hardly the display of a team in freefall.
So, take a step back, look at the big picture, and revel in supporting, as the song proclaims, the best team in the land - even if it's not yet the best in all the world!
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Gabriel Jesus got City off to the perfect start before Mo Salah scored Liverpool's killer eqaliser, below
City fans fly the fag during the Champions League exit against Liverpool
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|Publication:||Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)|
|Date:||Apr 12, 2018|
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