Manchester blues

Does Hunter Davies have any other points of reference than Manchester United? While I regard his column as an essential read, I have grown a little weary of the weekly mention of the Premiership champions to highlight the parlous state of the national game. Take his account of Russian football (19 March): a piece that started off with a family visit to the Crimea and concluded with another dig at David Beckham. No matter how hard their merchandising department tries to convince us otherwise, Man Utd are not Football. In future, if he is looking for a few easy laughs, might I suggest that he looks at the only team with a legitimate claim to come from Manchester . . . that massive club in laser blue.

Neil Smith

This article first appeared in the 26 March 2001 issue of the New Statesman, How the rich rule politics again