Most football fans just want to see the beautiful game return, even if it means games being played behind closed doors.
But that doesn’t apply to Manchester United supporters – who seem keen to have the season cancelled.
Scrapping the season has always seemed an extreme measure, but in a Paddy survey, United were the only top-flight club whose majority of fans voted in favour of annulling the 2019-20 campaign – presumably to stop bitter rivals Liverpool getting the title they clearly deserve.
In a survey sent to all our customers and followers, 52% said that they believed carrying on behind closed doors this summer was the fairest way to complete the season.
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But one in four fans (25%) believe the season should be declared null and void – with United fans the only set of supporters from the Premier League who would most prefer to see the season voided.
Overall 31% of fans said they’re up for sacrificing their season to stop Liverpool winning the title – despite being miles clear at the top and needing a monumental collapse to mess it up.
Just 13% think the season should finish now as the league table stands and there’s just 5% who are up for a play-off scrap to decide the league winners, European spots and relegation. The same amount thought a points-per-game method was fair too.
There’s not much love the League Cup, with England’s ‘third competition’ set for the chop if the majority of fans surveyed get their way.
A whopping 73% want the tournament cancelled to ensure the 2020/21 season can be played in full in the likely event the current campaign overlaps. 22% are prepared to sacrifice the FA Cup to ensure the league goes ahead, while 12% want the cups to continue as normal with a reduced league programme.
Here’s a full rundown of our survey results:
WHAT IS THE FAIREST WAY TO DECIDE THE SEASON?
52% Play remaining games behind closed doors, finishing in summer
25% The season should be null and void
13% Finish the season as the league table stands
5% Play-offs to determine winner/promotion/European spots/relegation
5% Use points per game average to predict how the season would’ve finished
IF COMPLETING THIS SEASON IMPACTS 20/21, WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN?
73% Cancel the League Cup and play the full 2020/21 league season
22% Cancel the FA Cup and play the full 2020/21 league season
12% Keep the cups and play a reduced league season
MANCHESTER UNITED FANS’ PREFERENCES
43% The season should be null and void
39% Play remaining games behind closed doors, finishing in summer
7% Finish the season as the league table stands
7% Play-offs to determine winner/promotion/European spots/relegation
3% Use points per game average to predict how the season would’ve finished
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