Manchester United set to brave angry fans in lap of honour

Manchester United still intend to embark on a lap of appreciation after their final home game of the season against Brentford on Monday night.

It is customary for teams to do a lap of honour at the end of the final home game of the season but United players and staff could have a sparse audience.

United have suffered a fifth straight trophyless season, are all but certain not to qualify for the Champions League and can only match their worst points total of the Premier League era from 2013-14. United have to win their final three games to end on 64 points.

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Supporter discontent is simmering, with more protests planned around the Brentford game. Supporters are being urged to walk out in the 73rd minute – when there are 17 minutes left on the clock – signalling the 17 years of the Glazer family’s ownership.

United co-chairman Joel Glazer has not attended a United game since April 2019 and Avram Glazer has only been present at one game since August 2019, which was Cristiano Ronaldo’s second debut against Newcastle in September.

At the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, United lost 2-0 at home to relegated Cardiff City and Paul Pogba was involved in a heated exchange with some supporters during the lap of appreciation.

Pogba is currently sidelined with a calf injury but was booed and subjected to chants of ‘F–k off Pogba’ during United’s home win over Norwich last month. Pogba cupped his ear to the chanting supporters at full-time.

Non-participating players are usually expected to attend home games but it remains to be seen if Pogba will brave supporters who were so caustic towards him barely a fortnight ago as he prepares to leave United. Pogba is out of contract and June and one of six players due to leave on a free.

The visit of Brentford is due to mark the final home game in the United careers of Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. Matic has already announced his intention to leave at the end of his contract in June, when Mata and Lingard’s deals expire.

Edinson Cavani and Lee Grant are also set to be released.

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