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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has publicly backed the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after supporters voiced their dissatisfaction with the club’s owners and board during the victory over Norwich at Old Trafford.

Large sections of the Stretford End chanted “We want Glazers out,” as well as specific criticism of Woodward, during the second half of the 4-0 victory on Saturday.

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Afterwards, Solskjaer said he had heard the protests on the touchline and appealed to the fans for calm as tensions continue to rise over a perceived lack of investment in the team.

“I’m not sure if the players will get it but I noticed, yeah,” Solskjaer said. “As a club we’ve got to stick together, we’ve got to be united, we are a family.

“I can only say from when I’ve been here I’ve been backed by the owners, I’ve been backed by Ed and they’re supporting me, so for me, make sure they stick together.

“We are in all competitions. We are still in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, we’re fifth in the league, still challenging, we’ve improved the position from last season, we’ve got Europa League, they’ve just got to believe me when I say I feel we are doing loads of good things behind the scenes. We are going in the right direction.

“See the group today: the attitude, the work-rate, that’s the core of the group that’s going go forward.”

Victory over Norwich helped lift some of the gloom at Old Trafford, prompted by the dire 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.

Marcus Rashford scored twice before Anthony Martial and substitute Mason Greenwood rounded off the scoring as Solskjaer’s team stayed within touching distance of the top four.

“I’m very, very happy when the opposition manager can talk and think about how hard Manchester United are working,” Solskjaer said. “There were no disappointed heads and today I felt attitude was right.”

Juan Mata was the star of the show with assists for Rashford’s first goal and Martial’s header after half-time. It was the Spaniard’s first Premier League start for more than a month and Solskjaer said he had taken his opportunity to impress.

“He was excellent,” the United manager said. “When we get Juan facing forward he can pick passes and put crosses in.

“I’m delighted with him and today we found him more than we’ve done before and got him facing forward creating chances for us.”

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