MANCHESTER UNITED’S players and staff were given a police escort out of the team hotel following today’s unprecedent fan protests.
Their game against Liverpool was POSTPONED with police and both clubs having security concerns.
The players take their luggage onto the team coachCredit: PA
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Michael Carrick board the busCredit: PA
United were given a police escort to leave the Lowry Hotel at 7.15pmCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
It came after hundreds of United fans broke into Old Trafford and stormed the pitch to protests against the club’s owners the Glazer family.
They also got into the tunnel and dressing rooms as police and stewards struggled to take control of the situation.
Thousands also gathered outside the famous old stadium, with flares and bottles thrown during the protest.
A number of supporters also turned up at the Lowry Hotel, where the players relax before big games.
And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his stars couldn’t leave until 7.15pm – the game was supposed to kick off at 4.30pm.
Solskjaer, assistant Michael Carrick, club captain Harry Maguire and the rest were ushered into the team coach, which was then given a police escort out of the hotel.
A United statement read: “Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today.
“Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.
Police keep guard as United’s stars leave the hotelCredit: Reuters
The players seemed relaxed enough as they left the LowryCredit: Reuters
It was a day wasted for United captain Harry MaguireCredit: PA
“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.”
Hundreds of Manchester United fans stormed the Old Trafford pitch
Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford to vent their fury at the Glazers
A fan grabs a corner flag from the Old Trafford pitch
Police had to deal with flares inside the stadium as fans got in
Supporters easily broke into Old Trafford before the Liverpool game
Greater Manchester Police have also confirmed two officers were injured, with one office ‘attacked with a bottle and sustaining a significant slash wound to his face, requiring emergency hospital treatment’.
Staff were forced to lock themselves in rooms, according to the police.
A flare was also thrown towards the Sky Sports studio, where Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was watching from.
Sky Sports said during their live broadcast that pitch side cameras as well as balls, corner flags and other items have been taken.
Around 10,000 fans are believed to be campaigning against the Glazers as fans look to force their American owners to leave.
Police had their work cut out to quell the trouble outside Old Trafford
Baton-wielding police were ready to crack down on the trouble
Things started to get ugly at Old Trafford
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