Indian sports media widely covers the day-to-day happenings of international football. From the highly competitive action of the English Premier League to the Spanish tactical brilliance of the La Liga, every move of players and clubs are talked about in newspapers and portals. However, one particular thing has come to our notice, which has to be changed once and for all.
Often while writing about the English Premier League giants Manchester United, Indian media abbreviates their name as 'Man U'. Though it is an easily printed abbreviation for Manchester United, one in their right mind, shouldn't call it so. Even the true Manchester United fans abhor saying so. It must be told that calling Manchester United as Man U is an insult to the club. Though we must agree that no United fan in their right mind would use 'Man U' as an insulting disrespectful term, it needs to be understood the history related to this term and why it need not be called so.
How did the chant Man U come into existence?
The term 'Man U' first came into because of an insult from West Brom fans who chanted this about a United Legend, Duncan Edwards. They said, "Duncan Edwards is manure, rotting in his grave, man you are manure—rotting in your grave."
Liverpool and Leeds United fans also made fun of the players who died during the airplane crash while they were coming home from Munich.
The Munich disaster is one of the most tragic incidents in the history of world football. The insulting nature of the term originated with some chants used by the supporters of opposing clubs. The song went like this:
And "Man U Never Intended Coming Home".