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  • May 18, 2021

Exclusive: Manchester United vs Liverpool kick-off delayed as fans break into Old Trafford to protest against owners with players locked at hotel

 Exclusive: Manchester United vs Liverpool kick-off delayed as fans break into Old Trafford to protest against owners with players locked at hotel


Furious Manchester United fans managed to get inside Old Trafford on Sunday to protest against the club’s ownership.

Hundreds of fans invaded the stadium ahead of the behind-closed-doors Premier League contest against arch-rivals Liverpool.

Man United fans staged a protest before their game with Liverpool

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Man United fans staged a protest before their game with Liverpool

Fans were protesting against the club’s owners following the controversial European Super League plans

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Fans were protesting against the club’s owners following the controversial European Super League plans

United supporters were expressing their anger following plans backed by the Glazer family to join a proposed European Super League, which collapsed soon after.

The plans added to years of discontent and protests from supporters following the controversial takeover by the Glazers in 2005.

Outside the ground, large numbers of supporters were also protesting.

A protest was planned outside the ground at 2pm, with fans congregating at least an hour before.

Thousands of fans were outside Old Trafford ahead of their game with Liverpool

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Thousands of fans were outside Old Trafford ahead of their game with Liverpool

Banners and flares were seen among the crowd with calls for the Glazers to go

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Banners and flares were seen among the crowd with calls for the Glazers to go

It is believed those who gained access to the ground did so via the Munich Tunnel, after pushing down barriers, despite the attempts of security guards to prevent that happening.

A large number of fans ran back out of the stadium complex at around 2.20pm.

Hundreds of fans broke into Old Trafford to protest the club’s ownership

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Hundreds of fans broke into Old Trafford to protest the club’s ownership

The fans left soon after they entered the pitch and the game is still due to go ahead

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The fans left soon after they entered the pitch and the game is still due to go ahead

Staff were seen clearing rubbish from the pitch after the fans had left the Old Trafford pitch.

Fans were still reported to still be in the stadium with thousands protesting outside making their voices heard.

A second group then reappeared on the Old Trafford pitch at around 3.30pm, according to Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves.

He said that the fans made their points to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, before they then left again.

The Premier League confirmed that kick-off for the match had been delayed with a no revised time given.

Fans had also been protesting outside the hotel where both teams had been staying at.

It is also understood that the players are still at their hotels as they have been unable to travel to the ground.

Fans broke into Old Trafford and stormed the pitch before the game with Liverpool

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Fans broke into Old Trafford and stormed the pitch before the game with Liverpool

A Liverpool win would hand the Premier League title to United’s neighbours, Manchester City.





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