RECAP: Live Updates as Manchester United's Protests POSTPONE Liverpool clash

The 4:30pm kick-off between the two English giants has been delayed after fans breached security making their way onto the Old Trafford pitch.
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MANCHESTER UNITED'S CLASH WITH LIVERPOOL HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOLLOWING PROTESTS. *Manually refresh for latest updates*


Rounding off

There we have it, a very hectic few hours at Old Trafford.

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For more of the fallout, stay tuned to https://www.si.com/soccer/liverpool/, where we will bring you the latest.


Manchester United protest recap: 

Manchester United fans held a protest against their owners, the Glazer family.

Hundreds of fans congregated outside of Old Trafford and the Lowry Hotel, the team hotel.

Some United fans made their way through security and made their way onto the pitch, even reportedly going to the dressing rooms. 

Manchester United released a statement saying, "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."

Liverpool also had their say, they said, "It is our position that public safety must be the number one factor in any such decision, with the ability to provide a secure environment for the participants, staff and officials being a particular priority.

"It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed today due to a situation which escalated rapidly.

"We will continue to have dialogue with Manchester United, the Premier League and the local authorities to find a suitable date to reschedule.

"As soon as we have this information we will update our supporters accordingly."

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'Still no sign' of Manchester United players

[18:15] Frazer Maude confirms there has still been no sign of the representatives of the club at the Lowry Hotel.

They spotted some contingent of the first team looking through a higher floor window to see what the statement of play was.

Maude confirms there was one arrest.

Fans accessed dressing rooms

[18:14] According to Sky Sports, fans might've trespassed further and infiltrated the dressing rooms.

Liverpool returning to Merseyside

[18:07] Stan Collymore confirms the Reds are now returning for Merseyside.


Liverpool release statement

Liverpool Football Club have released the following statement: "Liverpool Football Club was in full agreement with the decision to postpone today’s fixture as a result of ongoing events at Old Trafford and the surrounding area.

"It is our position that public safety must be the number one factor in any such decision, with the ability to provide a secure environment for the participants, staff and officials being a particular priority.

"It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed today due to a situation which escalated rapidly.

"We will continue to have dialogue with Manchester United, the Premier League and the local authorities to find a suitable date to reschedule.

"As soon as we have this information we will update our supporters accordingly."


Bottles and flares were thrown at Sky Sports Pundits

[17:53] Graeme Souness says a lit flare and bottles were thrown at the stage they're on by the protests as they looked to build up to the game.


PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT

[17:48] The Premier League have just released the following statement: "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."


'People hugging and cheering'

[17:41] MEN reporter Steve Robson is outside the Lowry, he has tweeted a video confirming fans delight at the game's postponement. 


CONFIRMED - MATCH POSTPONED DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS


MATCH POSTPONED - according to reports

Stan Collymore says the match has been postponed, nothing confirmed as of yet.


LATEST FROM SKY SPORTS

[17:28] Sky Sports reporter Frazer Maude says it's very much still a waiting game but there is no obstructions from the players leaving.

There were several hundred fans outside the Lowry Hotel setting off flares earlier, with no arrests, still no sign of Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer or his players and remains to be seen if they will leave for Old Trafford.

The catalyst for the latest Glazer protests is the involvement of the European Super League. 

Maude continues saying that if the game was postponed if it could hurt the Glazers, that would be good.

"Certainly have" achieved in making their voices heard.

"Nothing physically stopping" United players from leaving, but they need to coordinate a route to the ground. 

Frazer Maude does insist that they could leave for Old Trafford but there is a question on the risk to security at the ground.


No sign of them leaving'

From 17:02, MEN journalist Steve Robson reports that the Manchester United are still at the Lowry Hotel.


Gallery - More pictures emerge from the protests

Latest from Sky Sports

[17:15]: James Cooper reporting from the ground says, there is a cleanup campaign and two cordons in place as well as checking those who breached security aren't in Old Trafford.

He suggests the demonstration turned sour. 

He further states whether these protests represented the Manchester United fans properly following protests. 


Every cloud has a silver lining

Superb tweet from the Chicago Supporters Club.

'No indication or confirmation' whether the game goes ahead

[17:07] 

Game to be played tomorrow? 

[17:03] Gary Neville spoke of his experience a couple of years ago that saw the game played a day later, he said: "The players minds are not that focused, can they try and come back tomorrow?

"Their food has gone, their mood has gone. I wonder if playing tomorrow afternoon, if that could happen."


[16:58] There are still protests outside the Manchester United team hotel, earlier they were chanting "We decide when you play."


[16:54]: There has been an announcement over the tannoy at Old Trafford, “The stadium is now secure and we can return to a state of normality,”

We could see action in Manchester tonight, although it remains to be seen when.


16:46] According to BBC Radio Merseyside: "The Premier League says the decision on whether the game between Manchester United & Liverpool will be played or not, is due imminently


[16:40] Premier League statement: "After the security breach at Old Trafford we can confirm the Manchester United v Liverpool match will not kick-off at 16:30 BST.

"The safety of everyone at Old Trafford is paramount.

"At present, there is no revised kick-off time. We will update accordingly.”


But Gary Neville, who was outspoken on during the news of the ESL, believes this could be a landmark moment whilst taking aim at Fenway Sports Group.

The ex-United full-back said: "Let’s talk about FSG a little bit. They’ve been part of four things in the past 12 months which are desperate signs, they’re acting desperately behind the scenes.

"They furloughed their players, that is very un-Liverpool-like, they tried to cut their wages behind the scenes, they’ve gone for the Project Big Picture and tried to change the 14 and six rule in English football.

"Now, along with the Glazers, they’ve tried to create a Super League. These are desperate actions from the owners of Liverpool Football Club. I think they’re struggling at the moment, through Covid obviously, economic issues like loads of businesses have all around the world, but they’re acting desperately.

"At this moment in time, I accept that Manchester United fans are angrier with the Glazers than Liverpool fans are, but the Liverpool fans need to see the danger of what FSG are doing because they are acting desperately behind the scenes.”


There has been debate across the Sky Sports network as Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher are present at Old Trafford.

Souness defended the Glazers, saying: "I don’t think it will (have an impact). The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend. I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years.

"I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week, I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them. These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.


[16:38] As per Sky Sports, the surrounding area around Old Trafford is now cleared.


Background: In the aftermath of the Glazer Family's, in particular Joel, involvement in the European Super League, there have been calls for the owners to sell the club. This has sparked the demonstrations at Manchester United's team hotel, the Lowry, and outside their home ground.



Fans infiltrated security two hours before the original scheduled kick-off.


Sky News have released aerial footage of the protests: