Police were called to Manchester United’s training ground on Friday after a group of supporters arrived to protest against the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
United were forced to lock the front gates to Carrington and divert visitors to a rear entrance after a group of around 30 fans carrying ‘Glazer Out’ banners gathered outside the complex around midday.
It comes a year after protesters managed to enter Carrington before briefly speaking to former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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Another protest is planned at Old Trafford ahead of the match against Norwich City on Saturday, with supporters planning not to enter the stadium until 17 minutes after kick-off, one minute for each year Glazer is owned.
“We all know that football is a game of passion and emotions, we can all understand, I can understand that our supporters are disappointed with our position in the table,” caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick said during the interview. a press conference on Friday.
“But I still believe our supporters are some of the best, if not the best, in England and as long as they demonstrate peacefully and support the team in the stadium, they have the right to speak their mind. I can understand that they are disappointed.”
Sources have told ESPN that United are close to announcing Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as their next permanent boss, but Rangnick has refused to be drawn into the club’s plans.
“I don’t know if it’s a done deal,” Rangnick added. “My focus is on the game against Norwich; preparing the team to a higher level for the game.
“We all know he’s a good coach and he’s done a good job at Ajax and at former clubs, but it doesn’t make sense if I tell you what I think of another coach.”
Rangnick is preparing to face inferior club Norwich without Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay and Fred – all of whom are injured.
Shaw underwent surgery to remove metal screws from his leg after sustaining a serious fracture in 2015 and Rangnick is unconvinced the left-back will play again this season.
“He’ll 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.”