Manchester United vs Liverpool, Premier League: game in doubt after mass anti-Glazers protest 

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3:55PM

Meeting underway

The Press Association reports:  PA understands a meeting is under way to establish what happened and the impact on the game, with the pitch damaged by the protesters and Covid-19 protocols to consider.

3:49PM

Jason Burt at Old Trafford

Says that kick-off has been delayed and there will be a further announcement at 4pm.

Manchester United’s players haven’t yet left the hotel. No word on where Liverpool’s players and Michael Oliver currently are. 

3:48PM

Video from outside Old Trafford

3:44PM

And now for those of you watching in black and white …

Man Utd  Henderson; Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred;, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba; Rashford.
Substitutes De Gea, Bailly, Cavani, Mata, Alex Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe.

Liverpool  Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Substitutes  Adrian, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Jota, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Rhys Williams.

Referee  Michael Oliver (Ashington)

3:41PM

Latest from Mike McGrath

Seventy-five minutes before kick-off, a different set of protesters made their way into Old Trafford in a second break of stadium security. 

3:37PM

Team news if you’re interested …

We don’t know if the game will go ahead or, if it does, when it will kick off but here’s the team news if it does:

Manchester United make two changes from Thursday – Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood replace David De Gea and Edinson Cavani. 

Liverpool have Nat Phillips in the heart of defence with Ozan Kabak, Fabinho, Thiago and Milner in midfield and the usual front three with Diogo Jota back on the bench. 

3:31PM

Ian Whittell reports

Fans started gathering at Old Trafford around 1pm and within an hour several thousand had congregated around the ground’s superstore.

Numerous yellow, green and red flares were let off with police and stewards eventually  being forced to remove plastic barricades for safety reasons.

That allowed fans access to the Munich Tunnel, approaching the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, where it is believed, a group of supporters gained access to the stadium via a side “exit” door in the disabled section of the ground.

Police supported stewards in reinforcing a metal gate that had been pulled across to prevent supporters moving closer to the dressing room area but the match officials were reportedly unable to gain access as kickoff approached.

3:30PM

Manchester United players

Are still at the Lowry Hotel. They should have left for Old Trafford at 2.30pm. 

3:30PM

It has been reported

That the referee has been unable to get into the stadium.

3:27PM

Manchester United fans break onto Old Trafford pitch in anti-Glazers protest

Manchester United fans demonstrating against the club’s Glazer family owners have stormed Old Trafford and protested on the pitch ahead of today’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool.  Hundreds of supporters have been pictured inside the stadium two hours before kick-off. The protests had been planned for more than a week in a backlash to United attempting to join the breakaway European Super League.Protests were planned for the forecourt of United’s stadium but there were attempts to get down the Munich tunnel and some managed to force their way into the ground. 

Mike McGrath has the main story here.  

3:25PM

Postponement possible

Are saying the match could now be in doubt following the pitch invasion by hundreds of protesting Manchester United supporters.

3:23PM

Good afternoon

And welcome to another instalment of  the ‘Super League Six’, AKA ‘the Dirty half- dozen, reaping the whirlwind of fan displeasure after their contrivance in the plot to change football. Such was the incompetence of the participants in the scheme and so flimsy their alliance, that it was blown away within two days but having successfully stopped the clubs they have supported and nourished for more than a hundred years dismissing them as ‘legacy fans’ as they rid off into the sunset for riches further afield, now they have provoked fans into questioning the dubious ownership models of remote billionaires who stay silent and rarely venture across the Atlantic.

Today’s scenes at Old Trafford where hundreds of supporters have invaded the stadium to protest against the Glazers is their fate. 

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