20 Apr 2022 | 14:05 | News
More than 2,000 Manchester United fans joined a protest against the Glazers’ ownership of the club. It happened before last night (April 16) in the 33rd round of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford.
Following MU’s 3-2 win over Norwich, MU confirmed improving relations with fans is the club’s top priority. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Norwich helped Manchester United ignite their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League at the end of the season.
MU fans protest before the game against Norwich.Photo: Getty
The Old Trafford game was played in a “toxic and hostile” atmosphere between MU fans and the club. MU fans have been protesting the Glazer family, the club’s owners, for years.
Tensions erupted last year after MU joined plans to break away from organising the Premier League, leading to an influx of fans at Old Trafford to protest and smash.
Uncertainty between MU and the fans has grown this season as the home team’s poor performance saw MU go home empty-handed for the fifth straight season. MU fans plan to protest against the Glazers following last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Everton.
Manchester United fans blaze at Glazers fans.Photo: Getty
Before the Norwich game (Friday UK time), Manchester United fans flocked to Manchester United’s Carrington training centre to protest, and police had to go to the scene to evacuate the crowd. 2,000 MU fans gathered and burned to vent their anger and dissatisfaction with MU’s current poor state.
MU fans continued to bring this hostile mentality to Old Trafford at the Norwich City reception. Pogba was replaced by coach Ralph Rangnick after Murić held a 2-0 lead with a Ronaldo double.
MU fans booed and criticized Paul Pogba on the occasion. After the game, the French midfielder continued to face opposition from the home fans as he entered the tunnel to leave Old Trafford.
Many MU fans shouted “you don’t fit in this jersey” directly at the home team players. Since then, Cristiano Ronaldo once again shined, with the third goal of the game to rescue Mourinho and help Mourinho beat the difficult Norwich City 3-2.
The atmosphere at Old Trafford was “toxic and hostile”.Photo: Mirror
In response to the tension at Old Trafford, Manchester United issued a statement to appease the anger of fans. MU confirmed fans could have their say and claimed the club were doing their best to help the home side return to glory.
A United spokesman told BBC Sport: “We are working hard to create new successes on the pitch while strengthening our connection with our fans.
Manchester United respects the right of fans to express their opinions peacefully. We will continue to listen to them and work together to get the club back to what we all want to be: fighting for trophies. “
Pogba was booed and cursed by the home fans as he left Old Trafford and entered the tunnel.Photo: Mirror
While Mourinho won a precious victory against Norwich, the bottom team in the Premier League, the “Red Devils” opponents Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the quarter-finals both lost points. Tottenham and Arsenal lost 0-1 to Brighton and Southampton respectively.
This helped Old Trafford rise to fifth in the Premier League with 54 points, three points behind Tottenham in fourth. Manchester United are on the same points as sixth-placed Arsenal but have played one more game.
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