MANCHESTER UNITED'S home game against Liverpool has been POSTPONED after hundreds of fans stormed onto the Old Trafford pitch.

Thousands more gathered outside in protest at the club's owners, and while they were eventually marched away by police, the game was called-off.

Fuming Red Devils fans even blocked their squad from leaving the Lowry Hotel ahead of their clash against rivals Liverpool this afternoon.

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.

"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."

The United faithful gathered en masse outside the Theatre of Dreams in a protest against the Glazers, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleaded for it to be peaceful.

But tempers flared during the protests with supporters seen throwing punches at each other.

And footage later emerged online showing fans inside the ground where they stormed onto the pitch and lit off flares.

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.

Liverpool released a statement too that read: "Liverpool Football Club was in full agreement with the decision to postpone today’s fixture as a result of ongoing events at Old Trafford and the surrounding area.

"It is our position that public safety must be the number one factor in any such decision, with the ability to provide a secure environment for the participants, staff and officials being a particular priority.

"It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed today due to a situation which escalated rapidly.

"We will continue to have dialogue with Manchester United, the Premier League and the local authorities to find a suitable date to reschedule.

"As soon as we have this information we will update our supporters accordingly."

A Premier League statement read: "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."

Manchester Evening News reported that a section of fans launched a beer can at a camera crew, telling them to "Stick your f****** cameras up your a***" before they broke into Old Trafford.

MEN also state that there has been no coronavirus breach as fans haven't made their way into the dressing rooms.

Fans were left furious by the club's plans to enter the European Super League, before they were forced to pull out following mass outrage.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's protest, Solskjaer said: “It's important that the fans' views are listened to and we communicate better.

"My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.

“As I've said before I've been backed, I've had great support from the club and the owners and I'm sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.

"But I'm so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn't be the way of moving forward.

“Then again, when the protests are on, it's important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”


The Athletic have stated that Old Trafford has been placed on lockdown.

Journalist Lauire Whitwell tweeted: "Old Trafford placed on lockdown as fans get onto pitch.

"Hundreds make their way through the stadium and exit the other side.

"Security taking a sensible approach, letting them out the gates where team coaches should arrive later."

Amid the chaos, Sky have reported that referee Michael Oliver and his team have been denied access to the ground for now.

And unsurprisingly, United's clash against Liverpool has been delayed, with Geoff Shreeves declared: "We’ve just been told by the Premier League that kick-off will be delayed.

"It will not kick-off at 4:30 this afternoon, as yet, we do not have the revised kick-off time either.

"I’ve just received the news that the players are still currently locked in their hotel rooms, or certainly away in their hotel rooms, their safety is paramount."

An announcement was made over the stadium tannoy at 4.50pm saying: "Thank you for your patience, the stadium is now secure.

"Please go back to your employments and areas of work. Thank you."

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