Manchester United fans storm the Old Trafford Pitch
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Manchester United are due to face Liverpool at 4.30pm. However, Old Trafford is currently on lockdown after disgruntled supporters stormed the playing area. Fans are determined to make their voices heard to the Glazers, who they want to leave the club.
Manchester United lock horns with Liverpool looking to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table.
But, before the game at Old Trafford, fans have stormed the stadium.
Supporters are currently protesting over the Glazers’ running of the club, with the Americans under fire in the wake of their failed European Super League plot.
Some have made their way onto the turf, with images and clips from social media showing large numbers inside the ground.
The stadium has currently been placed in lockdown – not for the first time this year.
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And that now begs the question: will the game be delayed or cancelled?
As things stand, it seems as though the plan is to have the match kick off at it’s scheduled time.
However, should things continue to escalate, then it’s possible the match may be put on hold for another time.
It emerged before the fixture that United were worried about team buses being targeted, while also fearing a rescheduling of the match.
And with supporters continuing to cause chaos, what ultimately happens remains to be seen.
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The Glazers apologised for their ESL actions, while Ed Woodward also addressed supporters on a fans forum meeting earlier in the week.
Woodward also said sorry, saying: “It’s clear we did not do enough of that (listening) before the Super League decision. Today is our first step towards putting that right.
“You will all have read Joel’s open letter to fans last week apologising for the Super League decision and I would like to add my personal apology to this Forum.
“I know that you will feel angry and let down by the lack of consultation and by the way the proposal failed to recognise the vital principle of open competition. Proper discussion would have helped us avoid the mistake we made.
“We fully accept that there were fundamental elements which were badly misjudged. We failed to give enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit which are so vital to football not just in domestic competition but in European competition since the mid-1950s.
“We want to restate our commitment to those traditions. I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the past week and we do not seek any revival of the Super League plans.
“We will now continue working with the rest of the football community to address the long-term challenges facing the game.
“But I can assure you that we will be doing that with great sensitivity to the opinions that you and other fans have expressed in recent days.
“We will be listening closely to your feedback today, and we’ll be taking it away for consideration as we review how we can engage more effectively with you in future. Our fans are what makes Manchester United so great, and they should always be at the heart of this club.”
Solskjaer previously pleaded for fans to be peaceful with their protests.
“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better,” he said.
“My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.
“As I’ve said before I’ve been backed, I’ve had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.
“But I’m so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.
“Then again, when the protests are on, it’s important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”
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