Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no issue with Manchester United supporters’ planned protest ahead of their home game against Liverpool.
Up to 10,000 United supporters could converge outside Old Trafford at 2pm on Sunday to express their opposition to the Glazer family’s ownership following the club’s intended participation in the Super League.
Following United’s withdrawal from the breakaway concept, the United co-chairman Joel Glazer issued a grovelling apology via an open letter that predictably failed to defuse fans.
The Glazers have drained United of more than £1billion since they completed their toxic takeover of the club in May 2005 and supporters have sporadically protested against the family in the last 16 years.
Around 1,000 fans protested against the Glazers at Old Trafford last Saturday but thousands more are expected this weekend before the 4.30pm kick-off with Liverpool.
“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better,” Solskjaer stressed. “My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team
“The players are focused on the game and nothing else. They’ve handled difficult situations before. Of course, it was a strange week before the Leeds game after the Super League announcement.
“But I’ve got to say I’m not worried one second that our mind is not on the football when it happens. I think you saw here in the semi that the players are fully focused on performing.”
The protest is due to take place during the 81-hour social media boycott sports bodies are participating in over the bank holiday weekend. United’s own research found 3,300 abusive social media posts targeting their players over an 18-month period
“I’m very pleased we’ve made this boycott,” Solskjaer said. “I think it’s important. Ever since I’ve come here we’ve been speaking regularly in intervals, too often, about racism, discrimination and abuse.
“This is our way of taking a standpoint. We’ve got our own campaign as well, See Red. I think it’s important that we affect people, influence people.
“We know we are not going to stop it but at least hopefully we can influence people a little bit and a little bit more and a little bit more until we stop talking about it because no-one is benefiting from this situation.”