Manchester United are concerned that elements of the anti-Glazer protest scheduled for Sunday could try to disrupt the clash with Liverpool, sources told ESPN.
After the club’s failed attempt to join the controversial European Super League, around 10,000 fans are expected to demonstrate in front of Old Trafford before visiting Liverpool.
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Security at the stadium has been increased, but sources have told ESPN that there are fears that some fans may draw more attention to the protest by trying to block incoming team coaches to delay the kick-off or even postpone the game to force.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has supported fans’ right to protest, but urged them to do so peacefully.
“It’s important that the fans’ views are heard and that we communicate better,” said Solskjaer. “My job is to focus on the football team and that we have the best team possible.
“As I said before I was supported, I had a lot of support from the club and the owners and I am sure that I will get the support again to go one step further. If the protests are on, it is important to you go in a good way and that we keep it peaceful. “