Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool has been postponed following major protests at Old Trafford.
About 10,000 supporters were expected to protest against Man Utd owners the Glazers – and a placard-waving group stormed into the stadium and onto the playing surface.
Much of their ire has been directed at the Glazers and Ed Woodward, the executive vice chairman who tendered his resignation recently, as anger has spiralled following the European Super League fiasco.
Supporters who organised the protest called for it to pass by peacefully but there were clashes with police.
The MEN’s Man Utd writer Samuel Luckhurst said: “United fans have achieved their greatest victory since they prevented Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover in 1998/99.
“This has been a significant act of fan power and proof how effective paying fans can be when they mobilise and work in unison.
“The protests today were largely peaceful, spoilt only by a minority at Old Trafford that forced the police to act.
“The Lowry is no longer synonymous with it being the United team hotel. Those obdurate supporters have stood up against United’s owners and hit them where it hurts most – their pockets.”
Nottingham Forest fans had been united with supporters around the country in a consensus appalled by the Super League breakaway proposal.
In a statement, the EFL said the Super League would “serve to destroy the value of sporting merit”.
Former Nottingham Forest and Man Utd midfielder Roy Keane told Sky Sports: “I’m disappointed the game is off. We all are.
“United fans have had enough. They’re doing this because they love the club. It’s not just the last few weeks and the Super League, it’s been building for years. They’ve thought enough is enough. It’s a huge statement for the game to be called off.
“This has been the build-up of the last few years. The leadership of the club hasn’t been good enough. When they look at the owners they think it’s all about making money. I believe the United fans are doing this because they love the cub.
“People might not agree but sometimes you have to put a marker down for people to notice. This will go all over the world. Hopefully the owners see the fans are deadly serious.
“There’s more to come, this is just the start from Man Utd fans, I guarantee you.”
The Man Utd-Liverpool match will now be rearranged.
A statement from the Premier League said: “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.”
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