Ole Gunnar Solskjaer begs Man Utd fans to behave on return to Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on Manchester United fans not to ruin their return to Old Trafford on Tuesday with anti-Glazer protests.

United, who host Fulham, will welcome 10,000 fans into Old Trafford for the first time since their 2-0 derby win over Manchester City on March 8 last year.

Supporters will return against a backdrop of seething animosity towards United's owners, the Glazers, with protests at their last three home games.

United's game against Liverpool on May 2 was called off after protestors stormed Old Trafford, with further demonstrations at the rearranged fixture and match with Leicester, both of which ended in defeat.

There will be an increased police and security presence tonight, amid fears of more protests, with Solskjaer urging fans to get behind the team, rather than voicing their discontent at the owners.

“We’ve been waiting for a long long time to welcome the fans back,” said Solskjaer.

“It’s never nice to see a club that's not united, so we’re hoping Tuesday is going to be a positive day that we move together and we play a good game.

“You hope that the game against Fulham will not be marred by any violence or over the top things.

“I know the fans, they’re the best fans I’ve had, and I’ve got such a great relationship with them.

“They know how to support the team, so I don’t expect any of the fans coming here making any trouble.

“The mood in any club and the relationship between the team and the fans is vital to what happens on the pitch.

“The players are all human beings, we’re all human beings, and we will react to getting our supporters back in a positive way.

“They have always been giving us extra energy and hopefully the players will give the fans a reason to cheer and that’s what we have to focus on.

“It’s a big game for us in that respect. Since the last time we’ve had fans in against Man City, a great game, it was the best atmosphere I’ve ever felt it at Old Trafford in a league game.

“The next time we can welcome the fans back in, we need to make sure it’s a positive one.”

After protesters prevented United from leaving their pre-match hotel base on May 2, the squad arrived at Old Trafford seven hours before kick-off for the rearranged Liverpool game.

Beds were brought into hospitality boxes at the stadium, to allow players to rest before the game, with Solskjaer admitting the enforced change in routine had ultimately had an adverse effect on his players.

“I just didn’t want to use it as an excuse because we lost two games, but surely it's the reason behind the performances,” said Solskjaer.

“Physically it’s impossible to turn up and play at the intensity and the level that’s required because of the amount of games, then you look at the preparation in between.

“We hadn’t had the recovery, the same routine as you normally do, we haven’t done the tactical prep in the same way.

“I’m not saying it didn’t affect them, but I was impressed with how professional they were and how they went about it.”

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