Yes, we know that ‘Citeh’, financed by the petrol-dollar, has won the Premier League two years out of three. With the financial power at their disposal and the world class players they attract (let’s face it the attraction is purely money), it is a wonder as to why it has taken them so long to accumulate these trophy successes.
I hope City fans can forgive me for writing an article of this nature but there is one serious question all football fans are asking the blue half of Manchester – “Where were your fans at Wembley at the Charity Shield fixture last weekend?” Robbie Lyle who is the front man for ArsenalfanTV begged the same question in this clip when he asked a City supporter “Where were your fans?”
Both clubs were allocated 28,000 tickets and the Gunners sold all their allocation and more. City on the other hand only reportedly sold 20,000 of their 28,000 and there were vast swathes of empty seats particularly visible in the more expensive upper tier seating in the City end of Wembley.
We know that the Charity Shield is hardly the most prestigious fixture of the season but ultimately it is still a great day out at Wembley and it is a recognised piece of silverware. It would appear that after such a lean spell of not winning anything for decades and also even being in the lower reaches of the lower leagues City fans are already becoming complacent with their recent bought success, if this Wembley no-show is anything to go by.
Their rivals United will no doubt agree with the dubious theory being presented in this article. You can’t buy history. Well, maybe you can but the stigma of buying footballing history never quite has the same ring to it as what the City team of the mid-60’s achieved or what Sir Alex Ferguson did or even Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles.
Author Fevzi Hussein can be followed on Twitter @fevzihussein