Manchester United fans unhappy with the Glazer family’s property gathered outside the club’s Carrington training complex on Friday morning to stage a peaceful protest, with police called in to bolster security.
Two anti-Glazer banners were posted and the crowd of about 30 people dispersed about half an hour before Ralf Rangnick holds his weekly media briefing on Friday at 1:15 p.m. The meeting comes ahead of a planned protest on Saturday outside Old Trafford when the team hosts Norwich City.
Asked about the protest, Rangnick said: “We all know football is a game of passion and emotion. We can all understand – I can understand that our supporters are disappointed with our position at the table and the performance we have shown at Everton. . [losing 1-0]at least after conceding that first goal.
“But I still believe that our supporters are one of the best, if not the best, in England and as long as they protest peacefully and support the team on the stadium, they have the right to express their opinion.”
Organizers of Saturday’s event have asked participants not to enter Old Trafford until 15:17 – to represent one minute for each year since Malcolm Glazer acquired the club.
A United spokesman said: “There has been a small peaceful protest outside Carrington training camp today. We respect the views of the fans and remain committed to strengthening our commitment to them.
Of the plan not to enter the stadium until 15.17, Rangnick said: “Even if they do that after those 17 minutes, I hope they still support the team and get behind us. But how much they do depends on that. that we show up on the field, so it’s a game of give and take.We can’t wait for them to just support us, no matter what’s on the field.
After losing to Everton, who are 17th, United face the club at the bottom of the division. Rangnick described it as “unthinkable” that his team could be beaten on consecutive weekends by sides threatened by relegations.
“It must be unthinkable, but we all know in football that such things can happen,” said the interim manager. “That’s what makes this ball game so interesting: you never know what the outcome will be. I’m pretty positive we’ll have a reaction tomorrow. That’s going to happen – we owe it to ourselves, the supporters, the whole club. It’s a test of character “.
Luke Shaw is unlikely to play again this season due to complications related to the ongoing treatment for the double leg fracture that the defender suffered against PSV Eindhoven in 2015.
“Apparently, he’ll be out for at least another four to five weeks,” Rangnick said. “It will be difficult for him to be available for the remaining seven games.”
Fred, Scott McTominay, Edinson Cavani and Raphaël Varane were also injured.
Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic has announced that he will leave United at the end of the season. The 33-year-old has a year left on his deal, but has decided he wants a new challenge after joining the club from Chelsea for £ 40m in July 2017.
“After much thought, I have decided that this season will be my last with Manchester United. I have informed the council, the manager and the players of my decision,” Matic wrote on Instagram. “It has been a great honor and a privilege to play for this great club. A big thank you to the fans for their invariable support. Now I will give my all until the end of the season to help my teammates finish the strongest. possible “.