Uk News Man Utd and GMP ramp up security outside Old Trafford ahead of Liverpool clash United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Both the club and Greater Manchester Police have taken steps to avoid a repeat of the scenes from earlier this month
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Greater Manchester Police and Manchester United have stepped up security measures ahead of Thursday’s Premier League game against Liverpool in anticipation of further fan protests against the Glazer family.United had been scheduled to play against Liverpool on Sunday 2 May but that match was postponed after United supporters stormed the Old Trafford pitch to voice their discontent against the club’s owners and their plans to sign up to the ill-fated European Super League.Ahead of Thursday’s 8.15pm kick-off, United have bolstered security outside the stadium in an attempt to make it harder for supporters to gain access. Additional barricades and barriers have been put in place by the Munich Tunnel and disability facilities that were breached by United fans on 2 May, as well as in front of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.Get expert FPL tips, delivered straight to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Players were also seen arriving at the ground six hours early to avoid being blockaded at the team hotel as happened when the original fixture was postponed, and according to the Manchester Evening News the two team buses did decoy runs from the Lowry Hotel to the ground in order to distract potential protests. Read More Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands Manchester United title challenge next season as City are crowned champions Mounted police were deployed on Tuesday when United faced Leicester (Photo: Getty)GMP have also increased its presence outside the stadium after a couple of police officers sustained injuries in violent altercations with supporters. A few hours before kick-off, as many as 16 police vans were seen in the ground’s adjacent car park.A 25-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, violent disorder and burglary after a policeman suffered a fractured eye socket, broken nose and “a significant slash wound to his face”.
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.“Each operation is thoroughly planned based on the intelligence and information we have available so that we can ensure that everyone in attendance, the local community and our officers are safe so that everyone can enjoy the game.“We have reviewed our approach again following the events of last weekend and planned appropriate resourcing to ensure the safety of all those present at this weekend and next week’s fixtures.”Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I hope that we can keep the protests – if there are protests – down to loud voices, nothing violent.“We want to listen. The players want to play the game.“We play Liverpool. Of course we want to beat Liverpool… So, we’re going to do everything we can for our fans to celebrate what we’re doing on the pitch.”i has contacted the official supporters’ groups of both clubs regarding Thursday’s game; Spirit of Shankly, Liverpool’s official supporters group, say it has not spoken to fans about congregating outside Old Trafford.Follow i sport on Facebook for more Man Utd news, interviews and features
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