Not only do I know a few Chelsea fans that do feel like that (or at least consider the Vialli era their personal epoch - which may just be late 30s nostalgia tbf) it’s also very different, as Chelsea fans hadn’t spent the preceding decade insisting that their money & success was a product of their history & status, and therefore entirely earned. Something United fans have been doing - justifiably so (or so we thought) - in direct opposition to the Citys, Chelseas & PSGs.
I mean the reason Liverpool’s one meagre title has been celebrated so much (to the point of us ridiculing it) is because they are perceived to have done it properly, against the grain of the sugar daddy clubs, who are frequently complaining that their achievements aren’t being given enough credit (in not just every other Bluemoon post, but every other actual Pep press conference!!)
Fair play if you genuinely don’t mind moving from the former category into the latter, but again, I’m sceptical that as many people are quite as blase as they claim, as otherwise they’d just admit they only want a big sexy sugar daddy state to come in and buy us Mpabbe and make us the only team that wins anything forever… and they wouldn’t bother with all the excuses. Because who cares if it’s actually
the state if all you care about is the winning? Just say “So what? Bring on the unfair advantage! …We deserve it for suffering through a ‘banter era’ where we’ve still won more than 90% of football fans can ever dream of”
And genuinely, it’s that hypocrisy that annoys me… I don’t have issue with people who are open about how shit this all is, but willing to embrace it honestly as a compromised but least worst option (I think @Revan
made a good post along those lines, which I had no reason to contest)… but the “actually we’re not hypocrites” and the “hooray for the black oil shirts” crowds can swivel.