Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United fans have ‘right to express their opinion’ after anti-Glazer protest outside Carrington training ground and further demonstrations planned April 15, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Ralf Rangnick insisted Manchester United fans have a right to voice their views ahead of a planned protest this weekend.
The Red Devils face Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday at Old Trafford and supporters plan to show their displeasure at the club’s ownership.
There was also a heavy security presence around United’s Carrington training ground on Friday after around 30 fans congregated with a banner against the Glazer family.
Pictures showed the police were in attendance, but the small protest was peaceful.
Supporters continue to voice their frustrations with the Glazers over the debt they have piled on the club, inadequate recruitment and failure to invest in the club’s infrastructure that has seen them lag behind rivals Man City and Liverpool.
The planned protests follow on from the postponement of the clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford almost 12 months ago where fans broke into the stadium following the European Super League fiasco.
Interim boss Rangnick was asked about the planned protest ahead of the weekend’s match with Norwich.
“We know that football is a game of passion and emotion,” Rangnick said.
“I think we can all understand our supporters are disappointed both with where we stand in the table but also the performance which we showed against Everton.
“But I believe our supporters are one of if not the best in England and as long as they protest in a peaceful way and as along as they still support the team in the stadium I think they have the right to express their opinion. I can understand they have been disappointed.”
Rangnick also revealed that Luke Shaw could miss the rest of the season after an operation to remove metal bolts which dated back to a double-leg break in 2015.
Rangnick had initially said he expected the England left-back to miss two to three weeks but the procedure has proven more complicated.
“He will be at least another four or five weeks,” he said. “It will be difficult for him to be available for the outstanding games.”
Rangnick confirmed that Fred, Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani will miss Saturday’s match, with a doubt over their availability to face Liverpool on Tuesday night, though Cristiano Ronaldo is fit.
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