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Police forces to increase at Old Trafford ahead of Man United vs Liverpool

Police forces at Old Trafford will be strengthened and hotel and team bus security will be strengthened ahead of Manchester United vs Liverpool after last season’s cancellation due to protesters.

  • Manchester United prepare to host Liverpool at Old Trafford
  • Last season, before this game, protesters were able to break into the ground
  • This time around, measures are stepping up to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
  • Team hotels and buses will have additional security to avoid problems this weekend.


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Security will be tightened around the team hotels and buses used by Manchester United and Liverpool for Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford following problems that caused the suspension of the same match last season.

The meeting of the two biggest rivals in English football was drastically postponed in May after an anti-Glazer protest over the failed European Super League turned ugly and several hundred fans stormed the stadium.

The rioters blocked United players at their team’s hotel and then attempted to disrupt the reorganized play 11 days later by cutting the tires on a Liverpool team bus.

Security will be tightened around the team hotels and buses used by Manchester United and Liverpool for Sunday's clash.

Security will be tightened around the team hotels and buses used by Manchester United and Liverpool for Sunday’s clash.

Greater Manchester Police will have additional officers on duty and are expected to issue a statement on Saturday urging fans to behave in the high-risk Category C game.

Sportsmail understands that there will be greater security around hotels and coaches to prevent a repeat of the problems of six months ago. A United spokesperson said: “We did not comment on the security arrangements.”

For the rest, the sources assure that there have been no discussions beyond the usual dialogue between the clubs, the police and the local authorities for a match of this nature.

No more fan protests are planned and the barricades that were erected around Old Trafford for the reorganized event in May will not be used again.

The feeling is that anger over ESL (United and Liverpool were among the six English clubs that signed up for the breakaway league) has subsided and antipathy towards the Glazers is comparatively low.

Since the protests, United owners in the US have agreed to establish a fan advisory board and are in advanced talks about a fan engagement scheme, as well as spending £ 135 million on new signings in the summer. Co-chair Joel Glazer has also tried to engage with fans by appearing on two fan forums.

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