Manchester United are set to play their last home game of the season against Brentford in the Premier League on Monday night and fans may not like what the players have planned
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The Manchester United players will do a lap of honor at the end of their final home game of the season tonight against Brentford.
United are limping towards the end of a terrible season that will see them finish without a title for the fifth straight season. Ralf Rangnick’s struggling side, who have won just two of their last 11 games, need to win all three of their remaining games to equal their worst game ever First League score.
Nevertheless acc The Daily Mail , United will continue the tradition of walking the pitch after the last home game of the season to applaud the fans for their support throughout the season. The club are understood to feel they are in a lose-lose situation, knowing that if they don’t uphold tradition they risk snubbing fans while this backfires could.
The club hierarchy’s decision risks angering some fans who have frequently expressed dissatisfaction with results that have left United in sixth place with just 55 points from 35 games. Rangnick has failed to turn things around after taking the reins on an interim basis Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November.
Ironically, any awkward scenes after Monday’s 8pm kick-off may be salvaged by the fact that a group of United fans will be busy protesting another aspect of the club’s decline. The last two games at Old Trafford have been notable for their protests against the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
Another anti-glazer protest is planned for the Brentford game, urging fans to vacate their seats at the 73rd minute, boycotting the final 17 minutes of the game – one for each year the Glazers are owned. It is therefore quite likely that United will hold their round of applause in half-empty stands.
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While the Glazers remain the main lightning rod for criticism from well-fed United fans, the players have not escaped their ire either. Angry chants against their own players have been heard frequently at Old Trafford this season, and a banner reading ‘Disgrace – you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ was also seen.
Regardless of the results, United’s final three games of the season will mark the end of an era that has seen Rangnick and several players move on ahead of the arrival of Erik ten Hag from Ajax. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic are all expected to leave when their contracts expire on July 1.
Meanwhile, there are doubts about Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Ten Hag handed a £100m transfer budget to overhaul the drastically underperforming squad.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/man-utd-plans-fans-wrath-26846447 Man Utd players risk fans' wrath with plans for final game of season at Old Trafford