Coach company National Express has had its say on tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Manchester City – seemingly doing its best to upset both sets of supporters.
The company briefed the media on its coach bookings when they found it reinforced a local footballing stereotype. Passengers booking the coach for tomorrow’s trips were asked which team they support to avoid any incidents of M6 hooliganism.
It turns out that City fans have filled nine coaches, while there’s just one United coach leaving from Manchester.
A National Express source said: “I suppose you could say it’s 9-1 to City. We had a laugh about it in the office and everybody was saying it was because United fans weren’t from Manchester.”
But there was a sting in the tale for City supporters, as the source went on to say that the main reason for such a discrepancy is that United supporters are much more familiar with trips to Wembley and other big events, and were members of the Red Devils’ official travel club.