Man Utd: Solskjaer sends message to fans before protest
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Manchester United reportedly fear fans targeting their team coaches when they lock horns with Liverpool on Sunday. Supporters are primed to protest against the Glazers as they aim to oust the Americans in the wake of the failed European Super League plot. And there are concerns within the club that they’ll try and disrupt the match, potentially preventing it from going ahead.
Manchester United are flying high at present.
They’re currently second in the Premier League table, while they took a giant step towards Europa League glory with a stirring 6-2 victory over Roma on Thursday night.
Edinson Cavani has come good at the perfect time, Bruno Fernandes remains as brilliant as ever and Paul Pogba is back in form.
However, United supporters are far from happy.
The Glazers have come under fire in recent times, ever since their disastrous attempts to create and join a European Super League involving other top clubs from around the continent.
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On Sunday, before the club’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool, protests are primed to be held outside Old Trafford.
And ESPN claim United fear fans will try and block the team coaches from arriving for the game, potentially even sparking a postponement.
Around 10,000 fans are expected to demonstrate outside the Theatre of Dreams, with the Red Devils stepping up their security arrangements as a result.
However, United believe some may try and cause disruption – even if the majority will be peaceful – possibly forcing the game to be delayed or cancelled.
And, speaking ahead of the match against Liverpool on Friday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged those who plan to attend to do so peacefully.
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“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and that we communicate better,” said the 48-year-old, who beat Jurgen Klopp’s side back in January.
“My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.
“As I’ve said before, I’ve been backed, I’ve had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.
“But I’m so happy that all the clubs agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.
“Then again, when the protests are on, it’s important that they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”
On whether the protests could distract his players, he added: “The players are focused on the game and nothing else. They’ve handled difficult situations before.”
United chief Ed Woodward, who announced his resignation after the ESL collapsed, doubled down on his apology to fans on Friday.
“You will all have read Joel’s open letter to fans last week apologising for the Super League decision and I would like to add my personal apology to this forum,” he said.
“I know that you will feel angry and let down by the lack of consultation and by the way the proposal failed to recognise the vital principle of open competition.
“Proper discussion would have helped us avoid the mistake we made.
“While there would have been a substantial increase in solidarity payments from the leading clubs to the rest of the pyramid across Europe, we fully accept that there were fundamental elements which were badly misjudged.
“I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the past week and we do not seek any revival of the Super League plans.”
United have faced Liverpool twice so far this season.
Their Premier League clash at Anfield ended goalless, with Pogba missing a glorious chance to win the game.
But when they faced off in the FA Cup in January, it was the Red Devils who reigned supreme.
United won 3-2 at Old Trafford with Fernandes scoring the winner via a superb free-kick, gifting them victory over their rivals for the first time under Solskjaer.
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