Manchester United are tightening up security outside Old Trafford in anticipation of the clash with Leicester City
Manchester United have bolstered security ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Leicester, after a heavy police presence could be seen outside Old Trafford ahead of the 6pm kick-off.
It’s the first game back at Old Trafford since angry United supporters broke into the ground to protest the owners, the Glazers, which resulted in the club’s Premier League clash with Liverpool being canceled as a result.
Campaigners have warned more demonstrations could be planned, and United is taking no chances after a number of ugly incidents last week that included violent clashes with police officers and unrest outside the Lowry Hotel where the players were staying.
Plenty of police on site outside Old Trafford ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League showdown against Leicester City
Police patrol the stadium just 10 days after a peaceful protest from fans was marred by violence
United has called for additional security to deter protesters from gathering outside the ground
And in an effort to prevent a repeat of the violent demonstrations 10 days ago, United has called for additional security to stop protesters from rallying again tonight.
A 3-meter-high red wall has also been erected in the southeast corner of the stadium – where protesters broke in twice and entered the field – as well as the northern forecourt in front of the Sir Alex Ferguson grandstand. Additional steel barriers have also been placed as part of the increased security operation.
After preparing for a peaceful protest that turned into violence last time, the club is now trying to ensure that their three remaining home games of the season go ahead safely.
A steward stands at one of the many steel barriers outside Old Trafford to deter fans
Welsh police were called in to help prevent disorder in the run-up to tonight’s game
Police and stewards stand at temporary barriers around Old Trafford on Tuesday evening
Hours before they took off against Leicester, police saw outside patrolling the ground, while additional steel barriers were placed to prevent disorder.
It comes as a result of enraged fans expressing their anger at owners, the Glazers, who were outraged by the announcement of the European Super League last month, including United as a founding member.
Hundreds of supporters invaded the historic stadium and made their way onto the turf and across the stands in a show of rebellion against the way they think the club is run.
Greater Manchester Police, who had final say on the postponement of the match, later confirmed that two officers had been injured in the surrounding protests, one being assaulted with a bottle and sustaining a significant cut in the face, leaving the emergency hospital. was needed. therapy.’
Several police vans are parked in the parking lot of the stadium for tonight’s kick-off
The crowd of intruders at the stadium is believed to have accessed Old Trafford through the Munich tunnel and knocked down barriers despite guards’ attempts to stop them.
Some of the audience kicked footballs set up for the game wearing green and gold scarves, which have become symbolic of the anti-Glazer movement as the colors of Newton Heath – the predecessor of United’s club.
There were clashes as the angry protesters tried to break police lines outside the stadium, with officers pulling batons to hold back the crowd and throwing out bottles and other projectiles.
Supporters and police collided in violent scenes outside Old Trafford leading up to the Premier League clash between United and Liverpool earlier in May.
Hundreds of Manchester United fans stormed the field ahead of the game against Liverpool
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called for calm after the ugly scenes at the beginning of the month, asking fans to keep the peace if they wanted to protest and get their voices heard again.
The United boss said: ‘Security measures are of course being looked at and I hope we can keep the protests – if there are protests – to loud voices, nothing violent.
‘We want to listen. The players want to play the game. We play against Liverpool. Of course we want to beat Liverpool, we want to beat Leicester.
“So we’re going to do everything we can to make our fans celebrate what we’re doing on the field.”
The Glazer family, the owners of United, signed the club for the European Super League in April
The crowd entered the perimeter of Old Trafford before lighting smoke flares and singing
Intruders waved banners at the Glazers and grabbed footballs and corner flags from the turf
United were one of six Premier League clubs to participate in the doomed Super League project last month, and withdrew 48 hours later following an angry backlash from the public, including club legends such as Gary Neville.
Joel Glazer then apologized, but the many signs visibly criticizing him during the day of unrest clearly showed that those words fell on deaf ears.
United will also face Fulham in their last Premier League home game of the season on May 18.