Can Arsenal borrow your song Manchester United and then shove it right back up your Arse?

Stretford End were in full voice on Sunday

Stretford End were in full voice on Sunday

Okay so enough has been written about the bitter end to a sweet week and our defeat at Old Trafford. No idea what happened to the players on the day. Hard to believe it was the same team that dug in and came back with such tenacity and craft against Borussia Dortmund but we are where we are, which incidentally is top of the Premier League.

Was it tired players, flugate, missing Per Mertesacker or just a hangover of self doubt from years of playing there and coming off second best? I am not sure to be honest but one thing do know is that as I drove back down the M6 on Sunday night and every day since there is something that I just cannot get out of my head

It is not how good Manchester United were or how annoying Robin van Persie was or indeed how lacking in anything we were. No sadly it is the singularly impressive singing on the Stretford End, well in fact the whole stadium of the new United anthem. Now what makes this even more grating is I believe this originated ahead of the Emirates last April where they were to be presented with their 20th League title.

So At this stage I will apologise for being impressed by United fans chanting in unison and for admitting to it but bear with me as I have a cunning plan.

For those unfamiliar with the chant to which I refer it celebrates the fact that United have won 20 titles and surpassed, of course, Liverpool:

20 times!

20 times 20 times Man United,

20 times 20 times I say,

20 times 20 times Man United,

Playing Football The Matt Busby Way!

Now to give you a flavour here are a few hundred singing it before the Arsenal game in April:

Now imagine that times a few thousand and you get the idea. It is mighty stirring and it makes the hairs on the back of your neck involuntarily stand up! Cough! Well I mean it would do if you were a United fan

Bloody hell Dave you have me worried here! Why the hell are you getting excited about a United fan chant that rubs everyone else’s noses in it?

Well I will tell you why because since Sunday I cannot stop singing it but here’s the funny thing. By 10pm in my car I had changed the lyrics and kept the tune.

We all complain that at times the atmosphere could be better at the Emirates do we not? I think we all agree that most football songs are celebrating past glories as well and there is nothing wrong with that. Particularly when, like United, you have glories that are unsurpassed. If we are all unanimous on that I have a proposal for you all – Particularly certain of you – Ricky, Briggsy, Akhil et al you all know who you are and I salute you.

So consider the stirring anthemic nature of the 20 Times chant as witnessed on Sunday and in the video above. Bottle the anger and resentment and then substitute these lyrics and let’s celebrated some unsurpassed glories of our own!

First verse, bloody loud!

38 times, 38 times undefeated,

38 times, 38 times I say,

38 times, 38 times undefeated,

Playing football the Wenger way!

You like?      Record-49-games-unbeaten

Second verse, even bloody louder!

49 times, 49 times undefeated,

49 times, 49 times I say,

49 times, 49 times undefeated,

Playing football the Wenger way!

I prefer this version don't you?

I prefer this version don’t you?

Just a thought but I for one would like to take an anthem conceived by United fans at the Emirates and shove it back down their throats when they come next time.

Dave Seager

13 Responses to Can Arsenal borrow your song Manchester United and then shove it right back up your Arse?

  1. RedandDread November 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Hope it catches on but one thing for sure is that The Emirates need to become a cauldron of noise for future games.

  2. realist November 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    poor song, 20 titles is a massive achievement, and whilst going 49 games unbeaten is also, it stinks of desperation to still be celebrating it today…..just saying!

  3. jashe November 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Doesnt really have the same ring in it as man utds. 20 times sounds easier than 49 times. If we do that we might as well do the poznan.

  4. KLgooner November 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Brilliant! I’ll be singing it all the way from Kuala Lumpur during the return match.

  5. jesse November 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Hahaha ffs. Singing about a number of games unbeaten compared to their record amount of league titles. Arsenal fans make me embarrassed to support the same club sometimes.

    Oh and it also doesn’t go. See ‘syllables’ on Wikipedia

    • Dave Seager November 13, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      Just having a bit of fun as I could not get the song our of my head and at no point did I compare the 2 acheivements

  6. VAN PERSIE November 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    hahahahahahahahahahahhahh you fucking bellend. Singing a song about a season 10 years ago? fucking hell lad

    • Dave Seager November 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Just a bit of fun my friend

  7. Paul November 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm #


    It doesn’t have the same ring to it, may I suggest removing the “times” and leave it at 49, 49 undefeated 49, 49 I say”

    Sounds better


  8. Ricky66 November 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Nah if you’re going to nick a chant make it the St Pauli/ Crystal Palace ‘follow’ one. Now THAT is awesome

  9. SparX March 19, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    just a bit of fun ….. you may wany to think about winning something in the near future instead of having a bit of fun, how long hss it been? Just a bit of fun!

  10. Al April 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    For 9 years, for 9 years, Fuck all trophies
    For 9 years, for 9 years, Fuck all
    For 9 years, for 9 years, Fuck all trophies
    Playing football the Wenger way.

    You’re also forgetting who ended that 49 game undefeated run.

    and let’s not forget 8-2 hahaha


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