“The Manchester United v Liverpool game has been postponed following the security breach at Old Trafford,” the Premier League said in a statement.
“This is a collective decision by the police, both clubs, the Premier League and the local authorities.”
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said over 1,000 protesters gathered at Old Trafford, while around 200 more gathered outside the Lowry Hotel in Salford, where the United players stayed before the game.
“Two officers were injured, one officer was attacked with a bottle and suffered a severe cut on his face that required emergency hospital treatment,” a GMP statement said.
The Premier League said the decision to postpone the game was “to keep everyone safe at Old Trafford”.
“We understand and respect the strength of feeling, but we condemn all acts of violence, criminal harm and violations, especially in the face of the related COVID-19 violations,” the Premier League said in its statement.
“Fans have many channels through which to express their views, but the minority actions that can be seen today have no justification.
“We sympathize with the police and the stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.
“The rearrangement of the device will be communicated in due course.”
Manchester United issued a statement recognizing the right of fans to “freedom of expression and peaceful protest”.
“However, we regret the disruption to the team and the actions that have endangered other fans, staff and the police. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any further investigation,” added the United statement.
Torches were released and bottles thrown at officials, GMP said of the protests outside Old Trafford and The Lowry Hotel.
“Protesters outside Old Trafford became particularly aggressive and antagonistic towards police before a group of about 100 people forced the floor and some United employees locked themselves in rooms,” the GMP statement added.
The protesters were eventually evicted but, according to GMP, “hostility grew outside the stadium with bottles and barriers being thrown at officers and horses”.
Deputy GMP chief Constable Russ Jackson described the protesters’ behavior – both in Old Trafford and the Lowry Hotel – as “ruthless and dangerous”.
“Today’s actions required that we take officers from the frontline police force and seek assistance from neighboring forces to keep the disruption from getting worse,” Jackson said.
“Bottles and barriers were thrown in various places, officers were attacked and people enlarged the stadium structure, which posed a risk to themselves and the officers.
“We have opened an investigation and will be working closely with partners to ensure that we understand the full circumstances of today’s events and prosecute those responsible.”
“We are disgusted, embarrassed and angry about the actions taken by the owner regarding the planning, creation and announcement of the European Super League,” said the Manchester United Supporters Trust at a meeting of the emergency fan on Friday.
“This clearly shows once again that the club’s owners are only interested in maximizing their own profits and do not care or respect the views of Manchester United fans.”
At the meeting, Manchester United’s outgoing vice chairman Ed Woodward said the club was “not looking to revive Super League plans”.
“I know that you will be angry and disappointed with the lack of consultation and the way in which the proposal failed to recognize the important principle of open competition. Appropriate discussion would have helped us avoid the mistake we made “added Woodward.
“As Joel [Glazer] said … we have not given enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit which have been so important to football not only in national competition but also in European competition since the mid-1950s. “
If the game hadn’t been postponed and Manchester United beaten by Liverpool, Manchester City would have been confirmed as Premier League champions.
Wayne Sterling contributed to this report.