Man United vs Liverpool have been postponed following a breach at Old Trafford during fan protests against the Glazer family property, with a postponed date yet to be announced.
United had been preparing for thousands of supporters to demonstrate outside Old Trafford ahead of kick-off on Sunday, but scenes escalated after a number of them arrived on the pitch.
It comes during the fallout from the Super League fiasco, with United owners the Glazer family seeing their already paper-thin backing completely fade away, with fans calling for the club to be sold.
Almost an hour before the initial kick-off time, the teams had not left their respective hotels for the stadium, while referee Michael Oliver was fired and the media was not authorized to access it.
The Premier League’s statement on the postponement reads:
“Due to the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United game against Liverpool has been postponed.
It is a collective decision of the police, the two clubs, the Premier League and the local authorities.
The safety and security of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the force of sentiment but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespassing, especially given the associated COVID-19 violations. Fans have many channels to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
We sympathize with the police and stewards who have had to deal with a dangerous situation that should not have a place in football.
The refitting of the luminaire will be communicated in due course. “
The squad sheets were released at 3:30 p.m. BST as scheduled, but fears over the COVID-19 restrictions initially appeared to have forced the kick-off to be postponed only for the postponement of the match.
The clash has not yet been given a date, but it is expected to take place on Monday evening.
With United later playing midweek in a Europa League semi-final and the last four Premier League games left to go, there are little to no other alternate times for the game to take place.
A United statement recognized supporters’ “right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest”, but the club “regrets the disruption of the squad and actions that endanger other supporters, staff and the community. police”.
A win for Liverpool would keep their weak hopes in the top four alive and confirm Man City as champions, with Pep Guardiola’s side on the brink of claiming the title from the Reds.