Disgruntled Manchester United fans storm the field at Old Trafford as thousands gather to protest the hated Glazer owners after others tried to prevent the team bus from leaving the nearby Lowry Hotel ahead of the Liverpool showdown to leave
- Hundreds of Manchester United fans were able to storm Old Trafford and come onto the field before their game against Liverpool
- Fans are protesting against the American owners of United, the Glazer family, following the doomed European Super League project
- A huge crowd gathered in front of Old Trafford, and smoke flares were being raised
- Then a section violated security to get into the stadium and onto the pitch
- Another group tried to blockade the Lowry Hotel where the players are staying
Hundreds of Manchester United fans stormed the pitch at Old Trafford ahead of their Liverpool game to protest against the club’s American owners.
It came after many more blocked the entrance to the Lowry Hotel, which is where United players and staff hang out.
It is believed that Sunday afternoon’s game against Liverpool will still take place at 4.30pm as planned, although the teams have not yet arrived at Old Trafford.
Liverpool was detained at their team hotel by Greater Manchester Police.
Fans shouted “We want Glaser out” and “United, United” as they stepped onto the pitch before leaving the stadium a few minutes later after expressing their feelings.
Thousands gathered at an organized protest outside Old Trafford against the Glazer family and their efforts to get United into the European Super League.
Hundreds of Manchester United fans have stormed the Old Trafford pitch in protest against the club’s American owners ahead of the Liverpool game on Sunday afternoon
These were the extraordinary scenes at the stadium when protesters broke security to get onto the lawn two hours before the Liverpool game
Protesting fans lit smoke torches outside Old Trafford to publicize their feelings
The Glazer family, owners of United, accepted the club into the European Super League before turning around 48 hours later in a furious backlash
Thousands of United fans protested the Glazer regime outside and inside Old Trafford
Some at the protest called for the German 50 + 1 ownership model to be installed
Security guards fought in vain to keep the protesters outside the stadium
And part of the crowd managed to storm the stadium entrances, breach security and get onto the pitch.
The departure of the team bus on the short drive from central Manchester to Old Trafford was delayed as police tried to push the crowd back and restore order.
Smoke bombs were fired both outside the Lowry and outside Old Trafford.
United was one of six Premier League clubs to sign up for the doomed project last month. They all pulled back 48 hours later after an angry backlash from the wider football community.
Joel Glazer apologized to supporters for signing up for the doomed Super League project, but many United fans carried posters at the “Sorry Not Accepted” protest reading.
Angry fans make their sentiment known outside Old Trafford as part of Sunday’s protests
Fans told the glazier family that their apology for joining the Super League was not accepted
Fans in green and gold protest scarves sing outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon
Stewards did their best to contain the fans who entered the pitch through a corner of the stadium near Stretford End.
They kicked footballs designed to warm up before the game. Many of the fans wore green and gold scarves – the colors of Newton Heath, the predecessor of Man United – that have become symbols of the anti-Glazer movement.
A supporter was filmed picking up a camera tripod from a media position on the edge of the field and hurling it onto the field. Others tried to come down the tunnel while another took a corner flag.
But the crowd quickly dispersed in front of the stadium after a few minutes.
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