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PremierLeague-News.Com - A mass protest has been planned at Old Trafford prior to Man Utd vs Liverpool in the Premier League.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Manchester United are set to play Liverpool at Old Trafford today - but that game isn't the only focus of the afternoon as 10,000 United fans are expected to descend on Old Trafford to campaign against the club's owners. The anti-Glazer movement has gained huge momentum in recent weeks following their failed attempt to form part of a breakaway European Super League in April. Over 1,000 fans gathered outside the stadium last Saturday - four days after United pulled out of the Super League - with banners calling the Glazers 'greedy' and 'selfish' brandished outside the East Stand. Speaking ahead of the planned protest, United manager Ole Gunnar 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. When the protests are on, it's important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful." Follow the protest in our live blog below.Key EventsUnited's squad vs Liverpool10:0113:28Tyrone MarshallSun's out and fans gathering at Old TraffordThere’s around a hundred fans gathered near the Trinity statue at the moment, which is where the protest is due to take place. There’s green and gold t-shirts being sold here and volunteers handing out the ‘Apology not accepted. 50+1’ cards to supporters who don’t have a banner or placard of their own. The good news for supporters and those of us here is that the heavy rain has stopped and the sun has come out.13:18Joe BrayMore pictures from the Lowry13:15Samuel LuckhurstHundreds of fans at team hotelHundreds of United fans are outside The Lowry Hotel, where flares have been let off. Given what a narrow exit it is to get into and out of The Lowry, United might have some trouble getting to the ground unless the fans disperse.13:05Joe BraySolskjaer's verdict on today's protestsThis is what Ole Gunner Solskjaer had to say about today's planned protest.He 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 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."13:02Joe BrayNot great weather for a protestIt's raining heavily at Old Trafford which might make for a slick pitch later on but it's not ideal weather for a protest.Updates to follow.12:53Joe BrayA busy day at Old TraffordWe're switching our focus to United vs Liverpool and our live blog for the game is up and running - you can follow that here.It's not just a big day on the pitch at Old Trafford, however, as a big protest against the United owners is expected shortly in the wake of the scuppered European Super League proposals.We'll be bringing you updates from our reporters at the protest right here as United fans make their voices heard on the biggest game of the season at Old Trafford.Manchester United vs Liverpool at Old Trafford (kick-off 4.30pm BST).12:41Joe BrayVan Der Sar feels 'sad' for Van De BeekEdwin Van Der Sar has a philosophical view of Donny Van De Beek's struggles at United so far this season.He told ESPN:"Of course I feel sad for Donny. He walked the perfect path before joining United. He joined the [Ajax] first team from the academy, became a starter, won trophies, performed in Europe. "But the midfield of Manchester United is too stacked, they’ve not had any injuries. It’s hard for him."12:33Joe BrayDortmund: Sancho is for saleBorussia Dortmund have confirmed that they have a 'gentleman's agreement' with Jadon Sancho that he can leave this summer - but there is no such agreement with Erling Haaland.Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc told ARD:“We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions.“He’s been with us for a couple of years. However, this agreement does not exist with Erling.”Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund and Erling Haaland (Image: Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)12:21Joe BrayThe key stats ahead of today's big gameUnited boast a decent home record vs Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, but it's todays visitors who have had the upper hand in recent league meetings.These are the Premier League's key stats ahead of today's game:Manchester United have lost just one of their last 15 home matches against Liverpool in all competitions (W10 D4), and are unbeaten in their last eight, since March 2014.Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in five goals in his last four home matches against Liverpool in all competitions, scoring four and assisting one.Liverpool have lost just one of their last nine Premier League matches against Man Utd. Jurgen Klopp is looking for his first win at Old Trafford, at the seventh attempt (D4 L2). He has managed away at Man Utd without ever winning more times than against any other opponent in his managerial career.
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.The former United goalkeeper and now Ajax CEO told ESPN he has had no contact from United, and said he wants to end at Ajax in the 'perfect way'.He said: "A European prize is something that triggers me. [With] the work and pressure, you should have a feeling with the club. I could do the things Ronald de Boer is doing -- he works for us at Ajax and also here for you guys [ESPN]. He has more freedom than me, he has a good life."The pressure is different and I won't work at a club where I don't have a feeling. I could only do this for Ajax or United. I would not work for any other clubs. I am really happy with how we have [developed] Ajax in the last couple of years. We had ambitions 10 years ago to reach the top of Europe. We have reached that. We had to work really hard, we don't have a rich owner and the government didn't help us."11:35Joe BrayAjax 'want Van De Beek loan'Ajax will try their luck at re-signing Donny Van De Beek on loan after a disappointing first season at United.The Sun say Ajax are considering a loan move for their former midfield man, but that United will reject any approaches for the Netherlands international - permanent or on loan. (Image: 2021 AMA Sports Photo Agency)11:16Joe BrayPogba: It's more important than usualPaul Pogba knows the significance of United and Liverpool's rivalry.He said:“Obviously, every game is important but even more so against Liverpool; we know the rivalry between the two clubs.“But we have to think about us – we are in second place and we want to stay there and push the first one [City], so obviously this is an important game for us and we want to win this one.“It’s always been attacking [United vs Liverpool], it’s the Premier League. That’s how this league is. Every game is a tough game and we just have to get ready for this.”Paul Pogba arriving at the United team hotel (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)11:00Joe BrayAnother reason to win todayAs well as obviously recording a win over rivals Liverpool, United will also be keen not to spark title celebrations across Manchester by slipping up today.A win for United will put City's title celebrations on hold for another week, meaning the leaders will have to win themselves next week to secure the title. Perhaps more importantly, three points for United would put them 15 points ahead of fifth placed West Ham, who have 15 points left to play for and vastly inferior goal difference. So a win for United would put them on the verge of securing Champions League football next season, while dropped points for the Hammers tomorrow at Burnley would make it mathematically secure, even if United only got a point today.United fans will be hoping for that scenario this evening, rather than a double blow of losing to Liverpool to hand the title to City.Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images10:42Joe BrayOle's team newsThis is what Solskjaer had to say about the team news before facing Liverpool later:“No it doesn’t look like we got any bad injuries. Obviously the first morning [after] you’re tired. The second day you feel if there is any longer effects on your body – I needed a few days towards the end of my career to recover from games like that [Roma]!”As for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp also has no fresh injury concerns, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and possibly Nat Phillips all still out.10:01KEY EVENTUnited's squad vs LiverpoolUnited appear to have no fresh major injury concerns ahead of their game against Liverpool, with Daniel James the only player who was in the squad for Thursday's win over Roma not pictured arriving arriving at the team hotel on Saturday evening.Anthony Martial and Phil Jones were the only two players known to be on United's injury list heading into the weekend, with Martial nursing a knee problem and Jones having not featured for United in well over a year.Marcus Rashford is in the squad as United continue to manage his persistent fitness problems. Rashford has struggled with shoulder and back injuries over the last couple of years and also hurt his ankle in the derby win over City at the beginning of March.See the full squad here. (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)Steven RailstonWe are standing with Man United, Man City and the rest of football in a social media boycott - this is whyManchester City could win the Premier League this weekend without kicking a ball. Manchester United are taking on Liverpool at Old Trafford in what is always one of the biggest matches of the season.But both occasions will be met by silence on social media.The clubs will not tweet, Insta or flash it on Facebook. The players will not be posting videos of themselves dancing with their families, or congratulating each other.And the major football media, and anyone else who cares about this beautiful game, and despises the hatred and injustice that still stains that beauty, will be alongside them.We at the Manchester Evening News stand with the players, the fans, and everyone else who - when they go on social media - are met, on a daily basis, with horrendous abuse based simply on the colour of their skin, their religion, their gender or their sexual orientation.Read more here.Steven RailstonAxel Tuanzebe linked with permanent United exitThis one would make sense.United have signed Eric Bailly to a new deal and still want another centre-back, it doesn't bode well for Axel Tuanzebe.Football Insider suggest Aston Villa will make a move to sign their former loanee this summer, with Dean Smith reportedly confident they could agree a fee for as little as £7million.Axel Tuanzebe started his first match since January on Thursday night.Steven RailstonUnited's main man today?Marcus Rashford has been involved in five goals in his last four games in all competitions for United against Liverpool at Old Trafford, scoring four and assisting one.Steven RailstonWelcomeHello and welcome to today's Manchester United live blog.
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