Manchester United are reportedly mulling over circulating song lyric sheets among fans at Old Trafford in a desperate bid to wake the enervated stadium from its slumber.
Without a hint of irony, Jose Mourinho has complained several times in recent months about the effect a “quiet stadium” has had on his team.
As such, according to The Times, United have drafted up a couple of proposals to rouse the crowd:
Proposals include printing out song sheets containing the club’s most popular chants and distributing them to supporters as they enter the ground.
Another option is to print lyrics in the match-day programme, or to post them on the club’s website so that fans who attend fewer games know the words before they get to the stadium.
The BBC add that United fan groups are exploring the possibility of allowing “Bundesliga-style cheerleaders” to rally the masses though you’d think the last thing anybody needs is 500 Mancunians with a megaphone to fight over.
Taking the handbrake off a team chock-full of exciting attacking and creative talent might also be an option worth exploring.
For the record, Ian Stirling, vice-chairman of the United Supporters Trust, didn’t appear to give much credence to The Times’ speculation…
If consideration comes under immediately dismissed then it could be true. File under lazy ABU ‘journalism’. https://t.co/jtzvfmuOPc
— Ian Stirling (@Stirling061) March 21, 2018
Not that we’ve got anything against lyric sheets being passed around, but it all seems like a lot of effort to go to when the most popular chant at United for the past couple of months only has one word anyway.
Attack, attack, ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK (repeat ad infinitum)