20 Apr 2022 | 08:35 | Football
Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick said fans have the right to voice their opinion ahead of a planned protest against the club’s unpopular ownership ahead of the game. play in the Premier League on Saturday against Norwich. The 1958 team announced plans for supporters to march to Old Trafford before the game. They plan to stay outside the stadium until the 17th minute of the game, marking one minute for each year of the Glazer family’s possession.
There was a heavy security presence around United’s Carrington training ground on Friday after about 30 fans gathered with anti-Glazer banners before the crowd was dispersed by police.
“We know that football is a game of passion and emotion. “I think we can all understand our supporters are frustrated both with our place in the group and the performance we showed against Everton.
“But I believe our supporters are some of the, if not the best, in England and as long as they protest peacefully and as long as they support the team in the stadium, I think they have the right to express their opinion.” I can understand they were disappointed. “
On 2 May last year, Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford was postponed after a planned peaceful protest – estimated to be up to 1,000 people – escalated, with fans storming stadium and cause damage.
Emotions against the US owners have intensified again since the failed European Super League project and United’s on-field struggles have added to a sense of frustration for fans.
The 0-1 loss to Everton last week, along with Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa, have left United six points clear of the top four with seven games remaining, making it difficult to qualify for next year’s Champions League. happen.
Rangnick believes the team has improved since he took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked in November, but says they have lacked consistency.
“What we can’t do is do it sustainably and over a longer period of time,” said the German. “I’m disappointed by that. I think we can sustainably play at a higher level. I’m not satisfied with that for sure but this is what we will try to do for the rest of the season. Season.”
England left-back Luke Shaw is expected to miss the rest of the campaign following an operation to remove metal pins from his leg.
“He’s going to have to be out for at least four or five weeks,” Rangnick said. “It will be difficult for him to be available for the remaining seven games.”
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