We know all too well of the media’s love for Man Utd and Van Gaal cannot sneeze without it being back page news but what do the die-hard Reds make of the current state of the ‘world’s biggest club’?
To find out we’ve been talking to Dale at Stretty News:
Q. Van Gaal’s army or Mourinho’s army? What’s it to be next season?
A. Right now, no-one knows. Jose Mourinho’s camp are relaxed about the situation but it is a decision for vice-executive Ed Woodward to make. Most Reds would like to see the back of Louis van Gaal but I, for one, would prefer Mourinho.
Q. Which song best describes the mood around Old Trafford at the moment?
A. Pet Shop Boys – Being Boring. Or, if you are looking at the bigger picture, Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere. #GlazersOut
Q. The United ‘yoof’ have impressed from afar. Is it a new golden generation or a brief flash in the pan until the next big bucks transfer window?
A. The Class of ’92 were the golden generation. The current crop — Marcus Rashford, in particular — have provided the highlight of our season but not all will make it as United regulars. I really like Timothy Fosu-Mensah, too.
Q. The 2-1 win at Old Trafford was one of a small number of season’s highlights for the Canaries. How close were your ‘terraces’ to total implosion at that point?
A. Some fans had enough of Van Gaal by the end of last season. December 2015 was when I thought the club should have called it a day, and some hacks believed they would. No offence but we have more to worry about than losing to inferior opposition. (RS: None taken…I think)
Q. What’s the first thing you think of when you see the word ‘Norwich’?
Q. If you could invite three former Man Utd players (any period) over for a curry and beer at your place, who would you choose and why?
A. Oh, what a question. Paddy Crerand, Eric Cantona and Norman Whiteside.
Crerand because he’s a pure character. United true and true.
Cantona because he’s the dog bollocks.
Whiteside to, erm, talk about the struggles or retiring at such a young age. JOKE! To get absolutely intoxicated.
Q. Wayne Rooney – discuss. Still revered or increasingly reviled?
A. No friend of mine since wanting to join Chelsea and City. The club should have sold the Croxteth Crier long ago but there’s no denying he’s a key member in the dressing room and that, unfortunately, is a reason to keep hold.
Q. Bobby Charlton is the greatest English footballer of all time – fact. What’s it like having such a colossal legend sitting in the stands still to this day?
A. Never had the pleasure of meeting Bobby Charlton, so hopefully one day I will. There is no denying he’s one of the greatest midfielders to play the game. A fantastic role model for youngsters breaking through and he apparently offers them advice on a regular basis.
Q. If you had to pick one Man City player from history who you wished had played for United, who would it be?
A. David Silva. Impossible to hate the blue b*****d.
Q. Saturday’s game is enormous for both clubs for very different reasons – what’s your gut telling you? Where are the points going?
A. United. A narrow, boring win for us. We’ll probably both be asleep by half-time.
Cheers to Dale for his time. He can be followed on Twitter @StrettyNews