Man Utd fans among top three most negative in Premier League

Manchester United supporters are among the Premier League’s top three most negative fanbases, with rivals Leeds United coming in at second.

A study by, which analysed the sentiment of over three million tweets from Premier League fans this season, found the Red Devils faithful to be the third most negative. It revealed a whopping average negative sentiment rate of 28 per cent among United fans, narrowly exceeding Leicester City’s by 0.1 per cent.

It comes in a hugely disappointing season for Ralf Rangnick’s side where they have been knocked out of all of their cup competitions and could miss out on a top four finish despite splashing well over £100million in the summer.

Leeds came in at second with an average of 29.3 per cent, which is of little surprise given their dramatic decline since last season. The Yorkshire side sit 16th in the table, just seven points above the relegation zone as a result of the poor form which saw much-loved head coach Marcelo Bielsa sacked in February.

The Premier League’s most negative fanbase according to the report is Newcastle despite their huge takeover in November. The Magpies’ fortunes have turned drastically since their successful January transfer window and they no longer sit in the relegation zone, but it appears years of disappointment have taken their toll.

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Leeds United fans are the second-most negative
Leeds United fans are the second-most negative

Also evident from the report was that West Ham, followed by Arsenal, have the most fickle supporters in England. Hammers supporters had the greatest difference between their happiest and most negative periods.

As little as 13.5 per cent of tweets from West Ham fans were considered negative in their most positive period (November), while two in five posts during the second week of February were on the unhappy side (39.8 per cent) – a difference of 26.3 percentage points.

Meanwhile, the Gunners’ highest weekly negative sentiment stood at a staggering 41.3 per cent early on in the season and their lowest at 16.4 per cent, showing a 24.9 per cent change. Arsenal’s drastic improvement under Mikel Arteta throughout the season has exceeded all expectations as they eye the fourth Champions League spot.

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