Man Utd fans storm Old Trafford and protest on pitch ahead of Liverpool match
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Manchester United supporters stormed Old Trafford and managed to gain access to the playing surface ahead of their Premier League clash against Liverpool.
Sunday's fixture between the two old rivals was been targeted by home fans as a continuation of their protests over Glazer ownership of the club.
As well as numerous groups forming outside the ground, many were spotted on the Old Trafford pitch just hours before their fixture was due to start.
The latest protest comes after a large scale gathering outside the ground following the failed European Super League plans, as well as a training ground meeting.
The huge gathering at the ground came ahead of the planned 16:30 kick-off, with an away win handing Manchester City the title.
The events, which unfolded during the social media blackout, left supporters confused over how the game would be able to go ahead.
One fan wrote on Twitter: "Yeah, today’s game is definitely getting cancelled. Loads of fans have broken into Old Trafford and are on the pitch."
Following the initial scenes, Sky Sports have broadcast pictures that show the pitch clear of supporters, while some debris including rubbish remained.
They report that those who had gained access left in an orderly fashion.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the potential scenes earlier in the week: "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 players are focused on the game and nothing else. They've handled difficult situations before. Of course, it was a strange week before the Leeds game after the Super League announcement.
"But I've got to say I'm not worried one second that our mind is not on the football when it happens. I think you saw here in the semi that the players are fully focused on performing."
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