Manchester United football fan Dave Easter, 56, is reported to be showing definite 'green shoots of humility' according to reports emanating from the King's Ransom public house, Sale, Cheshire.
Neighbour and occasional drinking partner, Geoff Smee, reported that Dave broke off from watching the Chelsea match on Sunday afternoon to enquire how Geoff's team Rochdale had fared the previous day and expressed surprise that there were actually four professional leagues in existence. "I had to pinch myself when he asked when the next Rochdale match was, asking if he could come along because he fancied watching a game 'for the hell of it'" said Geoff. Dave was later heard to acknowledge the superiority of the Chelsea team whilst providing a non-judgemental appraisal of United's current shortcomings.
Geoff added: "To be honest I can scarcely believe it. With the exception of a spell in 1974 and then intermittent signs in the early to mid 80's, humility and Dave have been mutually exclusive terms. For the last 20 years continuously, every time I've ever talked about the 'dale it's only led him look at me strange and then switch the subject to their next upcoming European match. At this rate he'll start believing me when I say that the F.A Cup doesn't actually start with round three".
He concluded: "It's all really rather nice. After years of being an insufferable, glory chasing oaf, I've realised Dave is quite a lot like the rest of us. I only fear that an unexpected run of form might knock him back to were he was. What I really need is a good few years of mediocrity for the humility to grow and flourish - like Arsenal fans until this season".