But why are Manchester United the most hated club? There are a number of reasons, but quite simply, it is their success. With success comes jealousy, and with jealousy comes hatred.
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During the Premier League era there is no question the Red Devils have been the dominant force. Sir Alex Ferguson's ability to rebuild different teams and bounce back from failed campaigns was incredible. 23 trophies following the introduction of the Premier League shows that.
With continued success comes continued struggle for the opposition, why would the other 19 clubs in the top flight like Manchester United when they continually swept away the competition.
THEY DIDNT HELP THEMSELVES
To say it all comes down to jealousy would be naive. United's fans were not modest in their success. Often shoving it down the throats of opposition fans.
During their period of dominance the United faithful were often arrogant, and believed they were head and shoulders above the rest, typified by a banner at that read 'not arrogant, just better' that hasn't been seen in recent season.
To make matters worse, it felt like you were never more than ten feet away from a Manchester United fan. The club has a worldwide fan base of millions that has stemmed from their success in the Ferguson era.
The attitude that they were better than the rest stemmed from the top. Ferguson was keen to emphasise that his United team were the best, and there was no arguing. There were pretenders to his crown but eventually the Scot always got the last laugh.
The former Manchester United manager was not one for making friends. He was about winning, and that was all he cared about. His perceived arrogance in press conferences irked many supporters of other clubs.
Also, the idea that Ferguson had officials in his back pocket really irritated the opposition. The number goals that were scored in the dying minutes was unbelievable at times, but that stemmed from a never say die attitude, along with the possibility of some beneficial officiating.
SUCCESS HAS GONE BUT THE ARROGANCE HASN'T
Many football fans took great pleasure from seeing Manchester United fall to seventh under David Moyes. The giants of English football had fallen to their lowest finish in the Premier League era, and the first time they had finished outside the top three.
However with the exit of Moyes came the arrival of Louis van Gaal, a man who expects nothing but the best and is a perennial winner. He has succeeded in taking United back to the Champions League, and has shoved the Red Devils back into title contention, something that worries oppositions.
But isn't arrogance a part of success. Look at Jose Mourinho, one of the most successful managers in football history, there is no questioning his arrogance. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best players ever is also up their.
The Old Trafford giants have not helped themselves over the years, but when you enjoy such unrivalled success over the past 20 years you're not going to be liked by many.