The Manchester United match with Liverpool on Sunday, 2nd May, 2021 has been postponed after Man Utd fans stormed onto the Old Trafford pitch to protest against the Glazer family. The game was scheduled for 4:30pm BST (11:30AM EDT/8.30AM PT).
Fans stormed Old Trafford, while United’s players were stopped from boarding the team coaches and travelling down to the ground.
Thousands of football fans storm the barriers at Old Trafford in protest against the Glazer’s ownership of #Manutd. Despite the breakaway plans, collapsing anger amongst fans is still present, and now they demand change. #Manchester, UK #glazerout @theutdjournal @MENnewsdesk pic.twitter.com/gRyKjBvS8e
— Andy Barton (@Andybartonphoto) May 2, 2021
Eventually the decision was taken to postpone the game shortly after 5.30pm.
The match which would have seen city rivals, Manchester City FC win the premier league had Liverpool beaten Man Utd.
Thousands of United fans had been protesting against the club’s ownership on Sunday, with supporters also holding up the departure of the team bus from the Lowry Hotel.
Fans also clashed with police later on Sunday afternoon as they attempted to clear protests away from the stadium.
The club’s fans have been vocal against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club, particularly since their involvement in the failed Super League project.
It is the second, and largest, protest from United fans in recent weeks as they push to change the ownership structure at the club, with supporters also telling departing chief executive Ed Woodward on Friday that they were “disgusted, embarrassed and angry” by the breakaway proposals.
In a statement released earlier this evening, Manchester United FC said;
“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.”
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