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Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United fans have ‘the right to speak their mind’ after anti-Glazer protest outside Carrington training ground and other planned protests


Ralf Rangnick has insisted Manchester United fans have the right to express their views ahead of a planned protest this weekend.

The Red Devils take on Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday at Old Trafford and fans plan to show their displeasure with the club’s ownership.

Rangnick was asked about the planned protest when he faced the media on Friday
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Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United fans have 'the right to speak their mind' after anti-Glazer protest outside Carrington training ground and other planned protests
A small number of protesters gathered outside Carrington
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There was also a heavy security presence around United’s Carrington training ground on Friday after around 30 fans gathered with a banner against the Glazer family.

Footage showed police were present, but the small protest was peaceful.

Supporters continue to express their frustrations with the Glazers over the debt they have accumulated on the club, inadequate recruitment and lack of investment in the club’s infrastructure which has seen them lag behind their rivals Man City and Liverpool.

The planned protests follow the postponement of the clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford almost 12 months ago, where supporters stormed into the stadium following the European Super League fiasco.

Caretaker boss Rangnick was asked about the planned protest ahead of the weekend game with Norwich.

“We know football is a game of passion and emotion,” Rangnick said.

Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United fans have 'the right to speak their mind' after anti-Glazer protest outside Carrington training ground and other planned protests
Man United fan protests saw their game with Liverpool called off last season
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“I think we can all understand that our supporters are disappointed both with our position in the table but also with the performance we showed against Everton.

“But I think our supporters are some of the best in England, if not the best, and as long as they protest peacefully and still support the team in the stadium, I think they have the right to express their opinion. I can understand that they were disappointed.

Rangnick also revealed Luke Shaw could miss the rest of the season after surgery to remove metal bolts that dated back to a double-leg break in 2015.

Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United fans have 'the right to speak their mind' after anti-Glazer protest outside Carrington training ground and other planned protests
Shaw is expected to be out for the rest of the season

Rangnick initially said he expected the England left-back to miss two to three weeks, but the process turned out to be more complicated.

“It will still be at least four or five weeks away,” he said. “It will be difficult for him to be available for exceptional matches.”

Rangnick has confirmed that Fred, Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani will miss Saturday’s game, with doubts about their availability to face Liverpool on Tuesday night, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being fit.

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