The Fan-O-Meter (they must have taken ages coming up with that original name) was supposed to measure the levels of supporter noise from the Manchester United
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But it just seemed like a ridiculous and unnecessary gimmick that one set of fans were always bound not to believe.
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It may be a world first but, as spectacularly unsuccessful as it was, it will probably be a last too. The companies responsible, Sky Sports and Carling, set up a charity donation to go with the publicity exercise, so it was not all bad, but they could have done that without a pointless display by the side of the pitch and on the TV.