And that scapegoat was one Glen Johnson.
So bad was the England international's performance that by the end, Liverpool fans were demanding he be left in the States when the team make the trip back to England.
Someone put Glen Johnson on the no-fly list and leave him in America
— Nate Guildea (@NateGuildea) August 5, 2014
We gotta cancel Glen Johnson's visa. Just leave him there.
— Lazza (@SoftFirstTouch) August 5, 2014
And the jokes just kept on coming, with Johnson the victim of some intense ribbing.
— Charles Wood (@CharlesWood09) August 5, 2014
— WeAreTheSpionKop (@AggerDoDoDo) August 5, 2014
I still can't understand how Glen Johnson steals a living as a professional footballer.
— Jon Payne (@jonpayne61) August 5, 2014
New pecking order Martin Kelly Dawn French Steven Spielberg The Pope Dead bird in me garden Sam Allerdyce The Queen Glen Johnson
— The Anfield Oracle (@AnfieldOracle2) August 5, 2014
The deification of Louis van Gaal continues apace, with the Dutchman now unbeaten in meaningless matches.
And Man Utd fans weren't getting carried away, oh no...
— S© (@Steven_F_Cedeno) August 5, 2014
United fans 20 minutes ago: "It's only a friendly" United fans now: "It's more than a friendly! GGMU GONNA WIN THE LEAGUE" — Ǝ (@DBillington_29) August 5, 2014
I will not over analyze pre-season, I will not over analyze pre-season, I will...WE'RE GONNA WIN THE LEAGUE!
— Tejash Patel (@tejashpatel_) August 5, 2014
— zachariah (@zacdemayer) August 5, 2014
But, as usual in these matters, there were just as many, if not more, people complaining about Man Utd fans saying they were going to win the league, than Manchester United fans saying they were going to win the league.
— Melvin Joseph (@yinduren) August 5, 2014
Nice to see all the united fans thinking they're gonna win the league now because they beat Liverpool 3-1 last night — Ben Todd (@BenTodd95) August 5, 2014
United won another friendly... Going to win the league ain't they!!! What muppets there supporters are
— ™Scott Barnard™ (@barnard_15) August 5, 2014
And this guy was certainly getting carried away by what he was seeing in pre-season.
UNITED WIN THE LEAGUE, LIVERPOOL RELEGATED, ARSENAL WIN THE WORLD CUP, SANOGO 60 GOALS THIS SEASON — Jenkins (@Injenktion) August 5, 2014
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