My exclusive poll yesterday reveals that the team most people consider most hated in England is Man Utd. I thought it might be Chelsea these days, but apparently having the most obnoxious fans, a racist captain, a couple of bought Premier League titles and a VERY lucky Champions League do not make you as disliked as a bullying old git of a manager and 20 years of success.
Just to be clear, I did ask (given that most readers of this blog are Arsenal fans) who people thought are the most hated overall, not who you the voter personally hate most. So of course the result could be completely misleading, because all the voters for Man U might be completely misjudging the mood of everyone else in the nation.
I think a few votes went to Tottenham as a result of this being an Arsenal-centric site. Are Tottenham really more unpopular than Arsenal in the wider football community? I doubt it.
Over 2000 people viewed the poll page yesterday, but only 801 voted. If all those who couldn’t be bothered to click the ‘I can’t be arsed with this’ option had clicked the ‘I can’t be arsed with this’ option, that would have had a landslide victory! There’s a lesson there for political parties, I’m sure: every vote does count.
The result for Man U also backs up a poll done by Talksport in 2011, where Man U came top, though their poll had Man City second, Liverpool third, then Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool still third? Really? This isn’t 1990! Who cares about Liverpool?!