I’m sure the song is Give Peace A Chance but it seems to be being amended to put some weight behind some choreography in which the press are involved to build some support for Steve Bruce, the largely unwanted replacement for Rafa Benitez.

Jonjo Shelvey, who couldn’t nail down a place in the United side last season and was recently involved in late-night scuffles outside a Morpeth pizza shop on the eve of  a pre-season trip to China before describing some local knackers as “peasants” and to get back to their “council houses”  – click here – Shelvey said:

“It feels like a club that is moving on a bit, I think we’ve got to do that. Rafa isn’t here anymore, we need to get on with it. Steve has come in and it’s been like a breath of fresh air. The fans need to give him a chance because I think, if they do that, if we play like we did on Saturday, we will do well week-in, week-out and they won’t have any reason for complaint. I think Steve is more straight with you. As soon as he came in, all he expects is that you work hard. If you work hard you will be fine. That’s what we need to do. We’ve constantly been told we are not good enough. People have kept telling us we were going to go down, but we’ve proven them wrong and we stayed up both times. The main motivation is to stay up, that’s the first target. We need to stay in the Premier League. We don’t want to drop down into the Championship, it’s getting harder and harder to get out of it. We don’t want to keep going down and coming back up again. We are too good for that. We need stability and we need to stay in the Premier League for a long time.  saw him in the summer in Portugal and we said hello. Obviously I didn’t know he was going to end up being my manager, so it’s a good thing I did stop and say hello. He deserves a bit more credit than he gets. Even within two days, look at the difference from the other day. You won’t find many people who don’t speak highly of Steve.”

And that’s the rub – the target as quoted by the “Head Coach” and several players is as we have always feared – simply to stop in the Premier League and nothing more. This is what Rafa opposed and it is what has pissed off supporters after twelve piss-poor years of being an advertising hoarding for Mike Ashley’s minty shops.

There have been other players pushed out by United in front of the media to say much the same thing – Lascelles has had a turn and its no accident the likes of Colback and Aarons are being quoted about fresh starts and all of that palaver. We all know neither is proven at PL level and in the case of Colback is simply hanging around to squeeze as much as he can from a contract he was given in error. Aarons is yet to prove a consistent performer at any level.

There are useful idiots in the press, doubtless completely on message with the new regime because none want to be outside when Steve Bruce is doing that weird whisper with the Scenty Bottle accent.

There will be more of this slaver until it becomes completely obvious to even his most ardent press apologists that Steve Bruce is a dud.