Sin creates [an inclination] to sin; it engenders vice by repetition of the same acts. This results in perverse inclinations which cloud conscience and corrupt the concrete judgment of good and evil. Thus sin tends to reproduce itself and reinforce itself, but it cannot destroy the moral sense at its root.

At Man United thereai??i??s a lot of awesomeness all around, the club itself stands as a paradigm for others to emulate. Thereai??i??s a lot to admire and behold for the legions of its followers, the esteemed history, tales of legends who have emerald this hollowed turf and much more.

Nevertheless for oneai??i??s own progress, those red tinted glasses need to be taken off once in a while. Self introspection at times can take you two steps further than ignorance and defensiveness will ever tread. There could be niggling issues brewing in isolation which need to be nipped in the bud for the prolonged good of the club.

The defensive nature of the United support isnai??i??t really hard to fathom, with so much negativity around the champions, from Merseyside to Teenside, there isnai??i??t any love lost wherever the team travels. The fans make it a point to stand by their men and this gives rise to the ai???everythingai??i??s fineai??? set of supporters who refuse to see anything wrong at their beloved United. Perhaps to them that is really what support means-unconditional and undemanding.

On the other end of the spectrum are the ai???everythingai??i??s gloomyai??? group, Fergusonai??i??s team shouldnai??i??t really lose anything and even win with style and panache, call them spoilt, arrogant or rich but continued success does give you a sense of condescension.

Has Old Trafford developed some cobwebs that bloat the real beauty of the place and need to be swept away for the greater benefit of this glorious club?

At THT we look at the seven deadly sins that have steadily and gradually set in at the Theatre of Dreams.

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Sloth: is the desire for ease, even at the expense of doing the known will of God.

Sloth At United: The Below Par Home Support

First things first Man United havenai??i??t necessarily been famous for a fantastic home support, Roy Keaneai??i??s pointed finger at the ai???prawn sandwich brigadeai??? serves as a case in point. However when the need be Old Trafford has risen to the occasion, especially while chasing lost causes and remarkably during those inevitable comebacks. However, the atmosphere has steadily gone flat and is possibly getting worse even though the club still doesnai??i??t face any issues in packing the terraces to the brim. Worryingly, the rising ticket prices have priced out the real fan from the stadium and the decibel levels have steadily decreased.

This seasonai??i??s European nights have been rather dull and uneventful to be honest, although one can argue about the quality of the opposition yet being out sung by a group of 500 supporters from Romaniaai??i??s Otelul Galati isnai??i??t really heart warming in any way whatsoever. Old Trafford hasnai??i??t put its best foot forward this season, perhaps the players have failed to set the pulses racing or should it be the other way round with the fans cheering their idols on to greater things? Any which way, the 12th man hasnai??i??t made his presence felt, yet.

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The missing 12th man!

 

Lust: is an emotional force that is directly associated with the thinking or fantasizing about one’s desire. Itai??i??s a craving that has reached levels of desperation.

Lust At United: Marquee Midfield Addition

Not a week, not even a day goes without United being linked with the next Kaka or Ronaldo. The journoai??i??s favourite quote stands as ai???United eye Paul Scholes replacementai??? and with each passing day fans desperation of grabbing a big name European playmaker reaches unimaginable levels of desperation. Gradual reform isnai??i??t anymore accepted as the solution as patience runs thin with each mediocre showing by Unitedai??i??s midfield and perhaps fans fears arenai??i??t totally ill-founded.

Man Unitedai??i??s central midfield issues are well documented and with golden boy Wayne Rooney being asked to shoulder the responsibility, the time has indeed come to loosen the purse string. But Ferguson, will still hope, as he must and continue to trust his men, the likes of Cleverley and Anderson could still turn out to be gold dust. The fans however demand immediate action and strengthening of our proverbial Achilles heel. Will their lust be satisfied this transfer window, or will the gaffer continue to turn a blind eye? Weai??i??ll need to wait at least a couple of months till we find the answer.

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Anger: is manifested at an individual who doesnai??i??t behave as deemed correct.

Anger At United: Michael Carrick Unjustifiably Bears The Brunt Of Fans Ire

Michael Carrick splits opinions among Red Devils across the globe, to some he is pointless and is almost vestigial while to others he is still an important cog in the big red machine. No one can stop people from gesticulating but opinions shouldnai??i??t be unreasonable and beyond comprehension for starters. Carrick has been more than a useful player for the club and is now in his 6th season at the Theatre of Dreams wining 4 league titles in his 5 season stint at the club.

Whatever be the circumstances, the hate and the anger directed towards a United player is beyond deplorable and totally unwarranted. The moans and groans when the Englishman gives a back pass to keeper or to his defence are beyond belief, even if that was the best available option at the time. The stick Carrick receives is uncalled for and the fans should lay off him and let him breathe and perform with confidence.

A fit and in-form Carrick is still Unitedai??i??s ace in the pack as illustrated by the second half of the season gone by when Carrick found his mojo and was inspirational in a lot of games during the run in. One can even argue that United wouldnai??i??t ever be humbled at Old Trafford by rivals City had Michael Carrick being there shielding the rear guard. Carrick is back fit now and as much as the fans undervalue him, weai??i??ll get to see his worth pretty soon.

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Carrick- United's perennial scapegoat!

 

Envy: is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

Envy at United: Catching Up With Barcelona

The bench mark has changed for United in the last 2-3 years, now the fans look up and are almost in awe of the Spanish giants. The Catalans have humbled Fergieai??i??s men twice in three years and answering the threat posed by Football club Barcelona is indeed on everyoneai??i??s mind. Nevertheless one canai??i??t get carried away in the process of emulating Barca as quite simply there isnai??i??t a way that can guarantee the same results, all one can do is keep improving and as cynical as it may sound wait for Barcelona to loosen their grip on the crown.

Manchester United are the champions of England and the standard should always be outdoing oneai??i??s own best. Barcelona are simply majestic but United have their own charm and for the fans home is where the heart should be.

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Gluttony: is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

Gluttony At United: The Over Abundance Of The Front Men

Have United missed a trick or two with regards to the composition of the squad is concerned? Surely seven strikers in the first team squad is more than a luxury and bordering on over indulgent. Rooney, Welbeck, Chicharito, Berbatov, Owen, Macheda and Diouf are all now fighting for two and at times one strikerai??i??s spot in the first eleven. Rotation might give each and every one of them a sniff, yet it would be better served to send the likes of Macheda on loan, even more after seeing Welbeck come up leaps and bounds from a loan outing. Diouf might very well not be here, as he wonai??i??t cut it at the Theatre of Dreams considering the quality ahead of him in the pecking order.

Dimitar Berbatov – last yearai??i??s Golden boot winner – has also found is playing time greatly reduced and as much as the fans want to see him start games, quite clearly Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez are managerai??i??s go to front men at the moment. Micheal Owenai??i??s stay at Old Trafford continues to be somewhat puzzling as he has hardly featured during his third year at United but the gaffer continues to trust him despite his well documented injury woes which, most recently, have ruled him out until Christmas again.

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Not on top of the pecking order

 

Pride: is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, which interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise.

Pride At United: Refusal To Accept The Emergence Of The ai???Noisy Neighboursai???

For more than four decades United fans have boasted of being the only team in Manchester. Manchester is red has been a famous phrase and none could possibly argue about the dominance of United over the city rivals. However, the times are changing fast, Man City no longer look to seek approval in fact they grab it, snatch it or even buy it if that be the case.

Man City are the dominant force at the moment in the city of Manchester and United fans can no longer turn a blind eye to the upheaval. It must hurt to acknowledge the fact but City are very much their equals if nothing more at least in terms of squad strength. After the 6-1 demolition many have woken up to the nightmare staring them in the face, few though still claim City are still in the shadows. Historically may be, but the challenge posed by Manciniai??i??s side can no longer be scoffed upon.

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Greed: is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual

Greed at United: Continued Success And The European Cup

ai???19 timesai??? is now indeed a fact and how United fans love to remind everyone about it, especially to one club in Merseyside. Somethingai??i??s still missing though for the fans as the jeers from Anfield have changed their tagline to the European Cup count as United have indeed seen their 18 and raised them 19. The hunger has now shifted to conquering Europe once again and silencing the KOP once and for all.

The club would do well to tide over these little fads that have set in; sin as they say is too stupid to see beyond itself. Manchester United and the supporters mustn’t fall prey to temptation and chose the path of abstinence.

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4 Responses to “Man Unitedai??i??s Corner: The Seven Cardinal Sins At The Theatre Of Dreams”

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  1. RedScot says:

    Great read, again mate.Keep em coming.
    Cannot agree more about the Rah Rah boys/girls that only see through crystal clear Red tinted glasses,and are blinkered to any faults at United.
    There are various people/forums for United fans, one in particular, where if anybody declares any, even a small innocuos point of negative thought on ‘our’ club are attacked like pack wolves bye the forum.Therefore snowed under with comments, which suffocates debate, and frightens people off from expressing their opinion.
    We all want to see United do well, play the way we know they can, but not every one will be singing from the same ‘song sheet’ all the way through the season.
    Conversely as you highlight there are those, that just keep banging the same ‘message’ dressed up in various disguises of total negativity.I often think to attract attention and notoriety.Both sides of the divide, seeing themselves as the loyal true fan with the Clubs best interest at heart.In truth in my opinion the middleground is the area where your vision is clear,without the famed ‘Red Specs’.
    Its not all Black and White…..!
    Cheers.

    • Nipun says:

      Thanks mate, glad you liked it. Your feedback is much appreciated, write into us if you have something particular in mind and want to contribute. Cheers! :)

  2. Aditya Sharma says:

    Great article !

  3. Abhijnan says:

    great article as always Nipun!!!!and if I may add, a great club is like a great fighter is not one which passes through hunky dory period always but one which knows how to pick itself up after having fallen down. Times like this will come and go, but we shall still be standing strong at the end of the day. Personally I do not care as much for trophies this time as building a squad for the future. FAITH!!!!Glory Glory MANCHESTER UTD!!!!