Rangnick said Thomas Tuchel loved Old Trafford atmosphere for Manchester United v Chelsea clash

Manchester United will hold the final home game of the season tonight against Brentford. The players should not expect much applause.

The season began with fans ecstatic to see the players again after a whole season with football behind closed doors.

But performances on the pitch have not lived up to expectations. The Telegraph report players are still planning a lap of honour after the game, while some supporters have pledged to leave the stadium 17 minutes early as part of protests against the Glazers.

Anti-Glazer protests continued against Chelsea last week, and added to the atmosphere at Old Trafford, which took a new lease of life after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his thumping equaliser.

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In an interview with Ralf Rangnick, the interim boss says Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was blown away by the atmosphere at Old Trafford for last week’s fixture.

Rangnick told the club website: “The support by the fans is massive, it’s great. It’s one of the biggest things this club has.

“The stadium… I spoke to Thomas Tuchel before the game and he said to me ‘what a stadium, what an atmosphere’, and this is really great for everybody. I enjoyed that very much.”

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Tuchel has managed against United before at Old Trafford with PSG, one of which was behind closed doors. This was his first league game with Chelsea at the stadium.

United are in sixth place, and a win versus Brentford will consolidate that position. It’s unlikely the team will be able to climb any further, but it is important to maintain the gap over seventh placed West Ham and avoid a Europa Conference League spot.

Rangnick insisted the game is important: “It’s significant for everybody in the club, not only for the players who might not be here anymore. It’s also important that we show a top mentality and attitude and performance at home in the last game.”

United follow this up with two away games against in-form Brighton and Crystal Palace on the final day of the season.

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