Ralf Rangnick on Ten Hag, understanding supporter protests, and five confirmed injury absences

Ralf Rangnick has said he can understand why Manchester United fans are protesting as anti-Glazer calls increase.

A small group of supporters were pictured outside Carrington with messages against the owners, while another read ‘disgrace not fit to wear the shirt’, targeted towards the players.

United have gained just one point from two games since the international break, and there has been no positive reaction to the Champions League exit.

Rangnick was asked about the protests at his press conference and said he could sympathise with fans feeling resentful towards the current team.

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Rangnick told the press conference: “We all know that football is a game of passions and emotions and we can all understand. I can understand the supporters being disappointed about where we stand in the table and the performance against Everton.

“I still believe our supporters are one of the best, if not the best in England, as long as they do the protest in a peaceful way and as long as they still support the team in the stadium.

“They have the right to express their opinion. Emotionally I can understand them being disappointed.”

Supporters are also calling on each other to boycott the first 17 minutes of United’s fixture against Norwich on Saturday.

Five injury absences

Rangnick has confirmed five players will miss Manchester United’s match with Norwich due to injuries.

These are Fred, Scott McTominay, Edinson Cavani, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw.

You can see how we expected Manchester United to line up for the fixture in our updated predicted XI.

Shaw has undergone an operation to take metal bolts out of his leg, relating to his previous injury against PSV in 2015, and he could miss the rest of the season.

Rangnick on Ten Hag

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Rangnick was also predictably asked about Erik ten Hag, expected next United manager. He said he could not confirm anything, and hinted he had watched the Dutchman’s press conference earlier today.

Rangnick said: “I don’t know if it’s a done deal. My reply is the same as Erik Ten Hag’s was. My focus is on the game tomorrow.

“We all know he is a good manager, that he has done a good job at Ajax and also at former clubs, but right now it doesn’t make sense to tell you what I think about any other coach.”

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