Inevitably, #MoyesOut trended during a Manchester derby in which City gave United an almighty spanking. However, as far as we can tell the vast majority of tweets were the sort of tired, tedious banter in which Twitter so excels:
In fact, the United fans had another target for their ire:
Anyone know when exactly it was that Ashley Young was taken over by the spirit of Ralph Milne?
— Jim White (@jimw1) September 22, 2013
Ashley Young's mentions tonight will be painful as looking at the sun. — Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) September 22, 2013
Even the stats were against poor Ashley:
But how about this for the mother of all overreactions from Martin O'Neill in 2008?
And here's Richard Keys, fresh from comparing himself to a grey-haired Boeing 747 pilot, doing more to dispel his image as an establishment dinosaur.
Death of a dictator
Now for some overreactions to an overreaction, after Sunderland sacked their manager five games into the season. After Saturday's thumping at West Brom, not even the club's own fans could bring themselves to turn on Di Canio yet, grimly persuading themselves that a largely hopeless situation could be retrieved.
But then the axe fell, and the tune changed.
Di Canio had to go. He has been ruling that team like a sociopathic tyrant. — Thomas Hobbs (@thobbsjourno) September 22, 2013
And it didn't take long until the sights turned on Sunderland for giving him the job last March:
Here's Richard Keys with more penetrating insight.
Whoever it was decided to sack Martin O'Neill and appt Di Canio should now follow the Italian out of the door. It was a ridiculous decision. — Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) September 22, 2013
Norwich's Anthony Pilkington added a player's perspective, after Di Canio banned condiments at Sunderland.
And our own Tom Adams chose to see karma as the driving force behind a Monday morning rail meltdown in South West London.
The morning after Di Canio's sacked and none of my trains are running on time in tribute. — Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) September 23, 2013
But it's OK, Paolo, one club with a delicious sense of timing still loves you.
Piers Morgan wins again
Aaron Ramsey continued his fantastic goalscoring form for Arsenal yesterday, causing this tweet to get a fair few airings:
And then this one:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 22, 2013
The thing about Twitter is that people don't really do sarcasm, and thousands duly ripped Morgan a new one for a tweet that even Overreaction Thetre would concede was written with tongue in cheek. The result?
And, having gained some free publicity AND come across as the sane one in this particularly pointless argument, Morgan bowed out of the debate in a quiet and dignified manner.
Piers Morgan, you magnificent bastard.
Sorry but never been huge fan of Oscar in terms of him being consistent in most games, to lightweight aswel compared to Mata #CFC
— SocialMediaJon (@SocialMediaJon) September 21, 2013