Sir Matt Busby’s legacy at Manchester United is beyond question.
Sir Matt won five First Division titles, two FA Cups and the club’s first ever European Cup in a 24-year spell with United. He also survived the Munich air crash of 1958, in which many of his finest talents were tragically killed.
So it comes as no surprise that fans were bewildered by the club’s decision to remove his plaque from the directors’ box at Old Trafford. His grandchildren have reportedly also been told the seats there are no longer for their use.
Extremely disappointed in @ManUtd's decision to remove Sir Matt Busby's plaque from the director's box. The club is losing its identity.— Muhammed Suliman (@KreepyCrawly) September 5, 2016
Does the move demonstrate a lack of respect to the club’s own history?
I'd like to know both sides of the story but I am appalled by @ManUtd treatment of Sir Matt Busby's family. Sad day when club snubs its past— John Warrington (@1JohnWarrington) September 5, 2016
When did our club become so stone hearted? To remove sir matt busby's plaque? It's just so disappointing. #mufc— time lord (@gallifrey24) September 5, 2016
Some wryly noted that the club has come to value different things since Sir Matt’s time as manager.
Glad Sir Matt Busby's plaque has been removed from Old Trafford directors' box. How many official noodle partners did he bring in? #MUFC— Tim Rich (@timrich001) September 5, 2016
Others suggested new ways to commemorate the great man’s achievements.
a stand would be more appropriate. East stand renamed Sir Matt Busby Stand?— Pete Corrigan (@Pierro16) September 5, 2016
But is there anything wrong with the move? To some it seems that the plaque is the only sticking point, with some of Sir Matt’s family still receiving season tickets.
The Busby/directors' box story is a non-story, isn't it? Both his children have died, 7 grandaughters have all been given season tickets...— Ian Watson (@IanWatson1) September 5, 2016
Is it even a proper plaque?!
And it's hardly a plaque that's been removed, it's the nameplates on the seats. Plenty to have a pop at #MUFC for, not this, though.— Ian Watson (@IanWatson1) September 5, 2016
Sir matt busby has a statue and street named after him... Did united fans forgot about that??— Qasim Abidi (@ItsmeMUFCqasu10) September 5, 2016
Is a statue and street name not enough!?