As the Chelsea versus Manchester United game approaches, the office banter reminds me how many fans come out of the woodwork around the time of the big matches regardless of the team they follow.
I know from experience that going into the office on a Monday after a big win against your boss’ team is fantastic, when your team is defeated, well its not worth thinking about
A good example of this is last weeks Chelsea vs Aston Villa game, which pitted two of the members of my office against each other.
The build up saw one of the Aston Villa fans in the office constantly reminding his Chelsea co-worker of the score earlier in the season, bombarding him with emails and links to the match report for the previous game.
However 7 goals and a day of rest later, the Aston Villa fan was conspicously quiet. The victor moved quickly, gaining his revenge by pinning 7 copies of the weekends match report to the Aston Villa fans desk, just in case he had not caught the scores over the weekend.
Banter and fan interaction is the best part of following football, be it in the pub, the office, on the plane or in the train, start talking about football and I can talk to anyone.
So whilst the league may be important to both sides, pride and office bragging rights mean that in offices up and down the country, where Manchester United and Chelsea fans normally cohabit peacefully, this weekend the gloves are off and losing is not an option.