12 reasons why everybody hates… Manchester City
9. Thaksin Shinawatra
Before Sheikh Mansour, the first rich owner hoping to reverse City’s fortunes was Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand. Amnesty International was among the organisations to condemn his ownership and Human Rights Watch called him “a human rights abuser of the worst kind”.
Were City fans bothered? Of course not. They hung a Thai flag with “Thaksin” splashed across it in their stadium. It’s one thing selling your soul for success, but this?
10. Tick tock
When the money first came to City, there was plenty of chatter about the “blue moon rising” or “tick tock”, as if United’s time was up and City were set to replace them.
When you also consider United have been awful for three of those eight seasons, it makes you wonder what sort of return City are getting for their billions
In the eight full seasons since City became the richest club in the world, they’ve won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups. In contrast, United have won three league titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.
When you also consider United have been awful for three of those seasons, it makes you wonder what sort of return City are getting for their billions.
11. Blue ketchup
Shunning the traditional red sauce for blue. Cringe.
12. Mike Summerbee
Of all the bitter City fans out there – and there are a lot of them – Mike Summerbee has to be chief cheerleader. The former City player doesn’t get invited to be a pundit these days after making a fool out of himself in the past.
The best example was probably following United’s win over City in 2011, when Wayne Rooney scored that goal. He claimed City had more possession and more chances, before the match stats were shown and proved the opposite. “I’m not into stats,” he huffed, after they’d shown him wrong.