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MANCHESTER UNITED are plotting a rearranged fixture after fans invaded Old Trafford causing their match against Liverpool to be axed.

The match against the defending champions has been POSTPONED after supporters broke into the Theatre of Dreams and ran on to the pitch.

Get all the latest Man Utd news, updates and transfer gossip here…

  • Thomas Blow

    IN THE RED

    Manchester United could be slapped with a points deduction or a heavy fine after fans' protests forced the Liverpool game to be postponed.

    The Red Devils were due to host their arch-rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

    But a faction of anti-Glazer protesters managed to break into the stadium and got on to the pitch before kick-off, while others barricaded the players in The Lowry Hotel.

    And now the FA are investigating the chaotic scenes to determine what punishment they will hand out.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side currently sit second in the Premier League table on 67 points.

    Leicester are third on 63 with Chelsea in the fourth Champions League spot a further two back.

    The chasing pack of Tottenham (56), West Ham (55), Liverpool (54) and Everton (52) still hold hopes of creeping into the top four.

  • Thomas Blow

    SCHMEICHEL HAS HIS SAY

    Peter Schmeichel wants the Glazers to remain in charge of Manchester United.

    The former goalkeeper believes the owners should look to work with the fans rather than sell up.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: “I’m really struggling to see how you can organise the fans to collect $4billion and take over the club.

    “That would, of course, be the ideal solution – but the fact is you need someone to take it over from the Glazer family.

    “I would much rather try and work with the current owners and see if it’s possible to get them to understand what the football club is all about.

    “The two biggest clubs – Liverpool and Manchester United – were going to play yesterday. They were instigators in the European Super League and we’ve seen their owners [Liverpool] not understanding what Liverpool is.

    “No disrespect to the people of Liverpool, but they were trying to hike the ticket prices to £70. If you spend a little bit of time in Liverpool, you will realise that’s not possible – it’s not reality.

    “At the end of the day, we play football for the fans. Without any fans, there won’t be any football.”

  • Thomas Blow

    BRISTOL CITY 0-1 UNITED

    United Women's picked up a 1-0 win against Bristol City yesterday, although it is extremely unlikely they'll qualify for the Champions League.

    The Red Devils are three points behind third-placed Arsenal with an inferior goal difference and will need a miracle to overturn the 26-GOAL gap.

    Yana Daniels' late own goal was the difference at Twerton Park and United are all but certain to finish fourth in this year's WSL.

  • Thomas Blow

    ED FOR ED

    Edwin van der Sar revealed he 'could only work for Ajax or Manchester United' after being linked with replacing Ed Woodward.

    The former Red Devils goalkeeper, 50, is currently the chief executive at the Dutch giants, where he spent the first nine years of his senior career.

    He told ESPN Netherlands: "The pressure is different and I won't work at a club where I don't have a feeling.

    "I could only do this for Ajax or United. I would not work for any other clubs.

    "I am really happy with how we have [developed] Ajax in the last couple of years."

    Credit: Getty
  • Thomas Blow

    PAUL CHANGE

    Roy Keane would swap Paul Pogba for Jack Grealish at Manchester United 'tomorrow' if he could.

    The Irishman told Sky Sports: "I’d swap Grealish for Pogba tomorrow, absolutely. Of course (they can all play together). Why not?

    "We look at the stats for Manchester United over the last few years, whether it’s getting to semi-finals or ten league games where they’ve drawn, seven or eight of them have been 0-0.

    "They’ve not had the quality in the crunch times. You can talk about Pogba, but they’ve not done it when they’ve had to do it.

    "If Grealish comes in, get rid of one or two of them, get rid of Pogba, move him on.

    "They’re talking about a contract, I think they’re worried because he’s into the last year, if they’re going to cash in on him, then do it this summer.

    "You can’t have enough quality players at a club like Manchester United."

    Credit: PA

     

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    The Red Devils’ game with Liverpool was called off yesterday, after a section of protesting fans stormed Old Trafford.

    Thousands of disillusioned supporters gathered outside the Theatre of Dreams for a predominantly peaceful protest against the ownership of the Glazer family.

    A section of protesters managed to breach security and enter the ground, with an idiotic few damaging camera equipment and throwing flares.

    After initially delaying kick-off, it was determined that safety couldn’t be guaranteed, despite fans having been dispersed – leading to the match’s postponement.

    Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Micah Richards and Roy Keane were wholeheartedly in favour of the United supporters’ stand, barring the odd idiot.

    Neville, 46, said: “This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners’ actions two weeks ago. There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren’t protesting two or three weeks ago.

    “The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements at this club and the fans are saying that their time is up.

    “My view is quite simply that they’re going to make a fortune if they sell the club and if they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right, and it would be the honourable thing to do.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    FITS TO SIZE

    The Premier League fixture list has been thrown into chaos after Manchester United’s home clash with Liverpool was postponed due to furious fan protests.

    No new date for the game has yet been confirmed, with both clubs in urgent discussions to thrash out a plan.

    The end-of-season run-in is tight, especially for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given his side are set to play the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Roma in the Italian capital on Thursday.

    United would normally fly out to Italy early on Wednesday.

    They could, in theory, play against Liverpool today.

    But the potential risk of a further fans protest was being assessed last night, especially given the heavy police involvement yesterday.

    Liverpool might have to shift their game against West Brom on Sunday May 16 to the Monday and visit United on Friday 14 — the day before the FA Cup Final.

    Both teams must play their last games of the season on May 23 at 4pm, with that kick-off time set in stone alongside the rest of the top-flight fixtures that day.

    United and Liverpool are also in midweek action on May 19 — plus there is already a full fixture list next weekend.

    Angry Man Utd supporters protested outside Old Trafford
  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT

    The Premier League have released a statement on this afternoon’s postponed clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.

    It reads: “Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.

    “This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.

    “The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. 

    “Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

    “We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.

    “The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”

    Today’s game was postponed after fan protests at Old Trafford
  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI –

    MANCHESTER UNITED STATEMENT

    Man United have released the following statement, in the wake of their match with Liverpool being called off this afternoon.

    It reads: “Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today.

    “Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.

    “Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.

    “However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    POLICE: IT GOT OUT OF HAND

    GMP Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson described the protest at Old Trafford today as “reckless and dangerous”.

    He added: “We understand the passion many supporters have for their team and we fully respect the right for peaceful protest. Plans were in place to ensure this could happen safely, but it soon became clear that many present had no intention of doing so peacefully.

    “The actions of those today required us to take officers from front line policing and call in support from neighbouring forces to prevent the disorder getting worse. At different points, bottles and barriers were thrown, officers assaulted and people scaled the stadium structure creating risk for themselves and officers

    “We have launched an investigation and we will be working closely alongside partners to ensure we establish the full circumstances surrounding today’s events and prosecute those responsible.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    POLICE PRESENCE

    Police were forced to take action at Old Trafford earlier after the protests, got “reckless and dangerous” say Greater Manchester Police, writes RICHARD MORIARTY.

    Cops said around 200 protesters gathered outside the Lowry Hotel and more than 1,000 fans were at Old Trafford.

    They said protesters outside the ground were “especially aggressive and antagonistic towards officers before around 100 fans broke into the stadium, forcing MUFC staff to lock themselves in offices.

    Bottles and metal crowd barriers were thrown at the police and horses, leaving two cops injured – including one who was attacked with a bottle and suffered a significant slash wound to his face, resulting in hospital treatment.

  • Etienne Fermie

    DOUBLE GLAZING

    Manchester United fans' protest was bad news for the Glazers… even those that don't own the Red Devils…

  • Etienne Fermie

    LEAVING THE LOWRY

    Manchester United have finally left The Lowry Hotel, having been holed up there all day, while fans protested at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils had been due to face Liverpool at 4:30pm, before the game was postponed.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in decent spiritsCredit: Reuters
    Skipper Harry Maguire led the way out of The Lowry.. rather than the Old Trafford tunnelCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    'DISTRUST AND DISLIKE'

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville feels that the Glazers only have themselves to blame after today's protests.

    He told Sky Sports: "This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners' actions two weeks ago. There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren't protesting two or three weeks ago.

    "The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements at this club and the fans are saying that their time is up.

    "My view is quite simply that they're going to make a fortune if they sell the club and if they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right, and it would be the honourable thing to do.

    "There's huge discontent, not just across Manchester United fans, but I think for football fans up and down the country and I think they are just saying enough is enough.

    "The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years. I think they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time."

    Gary Neville didn't hold back this afternoonCredit: Sky Sports
  • Etienne Fermie

    KEANE TO MAKE A POINT

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes that today's protests at Old Trafford could be 'just the start'.

    He said on Sky Sports: "The United fans have had enough and they're doing it because they love the club. It's not just as a result of what's happened the last two weeks with the Super League… it's been building for a number of years. They've come to the end and feel enough is enough. It's a huge statement for the game to be called off.

    "There's been a build up in tension, whether it be about ticketing, poor communication, things going on in the background. The leadership of the club has not been good enough. When they look at the owners, they feel it's just about making money. The United fans have looked at the Glazers and though enough is enough.

    "They're doing because they love the club. Some people won't agree with it but sometimes you have to put a marker down for people to take notice.

    "This will go out all over the world, and hopefully the owners of Manchester United will sit up and take note. These fans are deadly serious and this is just the start of it from United fans – I can guarantee you."

    Roy Keane has criticised Man United's 'leadership'Credit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT

    The Premier League have released a statement on this afternoon's postponed clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.

    It reads: "Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.

    "This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.

    "The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. 

    "Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

    "We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.

    "The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course."

    Today's game was postponed after fan protests at Old TraffordCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT

    The Premier League have released a statement on this afternoon's postponed clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.

    It reads: "Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.

    "This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.

    "The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. 

    "Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

    "We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.

    "The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course."

    Today's game was postponed after fan protests at Old TraffordCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    MANCHESTER UNITED STATEMENT

    Man United have released the following statement, in the wake of their match with Liverpool being called off this afternoon.

    It reads: "Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today.

    "Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.

    "Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.

    "However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations."

    The match at Old Trafford is OFFCredit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    MATCH POSTPONED

    Manchester United vs Liverpool has been postponed due to 'safety considerations'.

    Discussions will now take place with the Premier League regarding when the match will go ahead.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORE FROM GARY NEVILLE

    Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United star Gary Neville has continued to have his say on this afternoon's extraordinary goings on at Old Trafford.

    He said: "We understand the fact that the fans are angry. It was expected all week [the protest].

    "You can’t condone fans storming a stadium, but the fans we saw were hardly storming.”

    Neville, 46, later added: "At this moment in time, the club is moving up step-by-step, but behind the scenes, what they [the Glazers] did two weeks ago [joining the Super League], it was really bad."

    Gary Neville has passionately been having his say from Old Trafford this afternoonCredit: Sky Sports
  • Etienne Fermie

    'STADIUM SECURE'

    Old Trafford staff have now been told that the stadium is 'secure', and to go back to their work stations.

    It is still unknown if and when the match between Manchester United and Liverpool will go ahead this afternoon.

    Old Trafford has now been securedCredit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    SOU WHAT?

    Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has bizarrely defended the Glazers' ownership.

    The Scot, 67, said of United's recent barren run without Premier League titles: "It is not the Glazer's fault."

    Graeme Souness has defended the GlazersCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    GLAZING OVER

    Former Manchester United star Gary Neville, alongside Jamie Carragher, has backed protesting Red Devils fans this afternoon.

    The Sky Sports pundit passionately said of Joel Glazer: "He said he wanted to rebuild the trust [of the fans] — he never had the trust."

    Carra added: "They’ve [the Glazers] only got themselves to blame.”

    Carragher and Neville have defended protestersCredit: Action Images
  • Etienne Fermie

    MAXIMUM DISRUPTION

    Here is the shocking moment that broadcasting equipment was vandalised at Old Trafford.

    Thousands of fans took to the Theatre of Dreams to protest against the ownership of the Glazers at Manchester United.

  • Thomas Blow

    FANS BACK OUT – TEAMS ARE IN – KICK-OFF DELAYED

    The fans have now left Old Trafford – again – and the teams have been announced.

    United: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood.

    Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Phillips, Robertson, Milner, Thiago, Fabinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

    Neither team has arrived at the ground yet and the kick-off has been delayed until further notice.

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