Manchester United Players To Do Lap Of Honour Despite Planned Walkout Protest
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Manchester United players are set to give a 'lap of honour' around Old Trafford after the Brentford match, but some fans won't still be in the ground to see it, as they protest the Glazers' ownership.
A miserable season at Old Trafford will come to end on Monday night, as United play their final home game, ahead of two away fixtures.
Fans have only seen their team win nine times in the league in Manchester so far this season, which is actually an improvement on their away form, and the end of the campaign probably can't come soon enough.
When the final whistle is blown following the game against Thomas Frank's team the players are set to take a lap of honour, or give a lap of appreciation to the fans, depending on how it's spun.
A group of fans will miss the gesture however, as there is a planned walkout 17 minutes from the end of the match, to protest the 17 years the club has been under American ownership from the Glazer family.
In recent games the 17 minutes of not being in their seats has come before kick off but the Brentford match protests are planned for the final part of the game.
Whilst the club are aware that the players might not get the best reception during their lap, there are several players playing in front of the home fans for the last time.
Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata's contracts are both expiring, so could play their last minutes at Old Trafford, whilst Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani are in the same situation but injured.
Nemanja Matic has also revealed that he wants to leave in the summer, and others are expected to depart with the arrival of Erik ten Hag likely to lead to a clearout.
Some players may get a warm reception but Pogba, whose future isn't sorted yet, was recently booed when coming off in the game against Norwich City.
Monday's game comes a year after the club's fans had their most 'successful' protest against the owners, as they managed to get a game with Liverpool postponed.
Thousands gathered outside of Old Trafford, whilst games were still being played behind closed doors due to Covid, and hundreds even got onto the pitch.
There were also protests outside of the hotels the two sets of players were gathered at, stopping the clubs getting to the match, and it was played at a later date.
The time Premier League winners need to win their remaining three games, with matches against Brighton and Crystal Palace to follow, just to level their worst points tally since the inception of the league in 1992.