Manchester United fans came up with an inventive new way to remind Steven Gerrard that he's never won a Premier League title during yesterday's clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford, but the joke wasn't allowed to last long.
One group of United supporters decided it was time for a spot of gentle ribbing in Gerrard's first visit to Old Trafford since Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Premier League title last season, thanks most memorably to his untimely slip against Chelsea at Anfield.
Gerrard's slip prompted United fans to come up with a banner which shows the silhouette of the Reds skipper on all fours desperately chasing after the ball in vain, with the caption: 'Au Revoir Gerrard, Come Back When You’ve Won One.’
There's big history behind the message
Knowledgable United fans will know the new banner is a parody of an effort Liverpool supporters put together way back in 1993, after Sir Alex Ferguson had led the Red Devils to their first league title in 26 years.
Liverpool fans poked fun at United hero Eric Cantona on that occasion with the message, ‘Au Revoir Cantona and Man United, Come Back When You’ve Won 18!’. How times have changed.
Spoilsport stewards end the jibe
The Telegraph report that United fans only got to put Gerrard to shame with the banner for a short period of time, with stewards taking the banner down quickly because it flew in the face of health and safety regulations.
A spokesperson for United was asked about the banner and insisted: “Any banner over a certain size would need a fire certificate. This banner would have contravened the ground regulations."
United's 3-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday afternoon gave Gerrard more than enough reason to be miserable without being reminded of the one major trophy he's never lifted, before even beginning to analyse his own poor performance.
Gerrard was a peripheral figure during the defeat to say the very least, unable to put his own stamp on the game and more frustratingly unable to stop the Reds conceding cheap goals that were very much avoidable.
There's no time to sulk for the Reds skipper, but there will be plenty of time for United fans to gloat if Liverpool's shocking start to the season cannot be reversed by Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers moving forward.
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