Social media has broken out with memes poking fun at Manchester United after their match with Liverpool was called off following a break-in by angry supporters.
Manchester United’s long-awaited Premier League showdown with bitter enemies Liverpool on Sunday was delayed as supporters of the former expressed their feelings towards the club’s hierarchy.
United fans broke into the stadium and raided the field in protest against club owners, the Glazer family, while bottles and barriers were thrown at police officers and horses outside the ground.
Paddy McGuinness (left as TV character Paddy on sitcom Phoenix Nights) took to Twitter to lightly poke fun at Manchester United fans protesting at Old Trafford on Sunday
Security at Old Trafford has been compared to virtually nonexistent – according to this tweet
Despite having nothing to do with them, Arsenal was caught in the line of fire of the spot
Just like Chelsea forward Timo Werner – when a fan’s dribbling skills were compared to his
The massive protest at the Theater of Dreams saw more than 1,000 protesters outside Old Trafford – and many managed to break through security and storm the field itself.
The fallout from the incidents has left many mixed feelings, but there were many on social media who lightly ridiculed the events.
Comedian Paddy McGuinness joked that United’s security were characters from the hit sitcom Phoenix Nights – starring Peter Kay and himself.
On that show, the pair played two bouncers named Max and Paddy and the 47-year-old teased that they were part of security at Old Trafford.
McGuinness was not the only one who laughed at the ease that the supporters of the Red Devils entered the stadium on Sunday.
One Twitter user compared their security to a single port in a wide open field, indicating that they were virtually non-existent.
Despite the events that all circulated around United, it wasn’t just them who fell victim to jokes.
Arsenal is ninth, seven places below United and 18 points worse off. Their defensive efforts have played a big part in this inequality and this has been derided by users on social media.
Thousands of United supporters held a demonstration against their owners on Sunday
Some fans broke into the ground and delayed the match against Liverpool
United supporters try to drive Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left) out of the club
Fans want the Glazers out after their involvement in the failed European Super League plans
“Security at Old Trafford,” FootyHumour wrote when they uploaded a photo of Arsenal quintuplets Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles – the latter now on loan from West Brom.
United’s top four rivals, Chelsea, were also caught in the line of fire, while Timo Werner was also mocked.
Werner has endured a tough debut campaign with the Blues following his £ 53m switch from RB Leipzig last summer – he often seemed purposeful and wasteful when he was in front of goal.
And while fans ran amok on the surface of Old Trafford, the fan who won was compared to Werner after struggling to dribble the ball.
In a short clip of seven seconds, the supporter stumbles with the ball as Footy Fooligans wrote: “Timo Werner has been spotted during the pitch invasion at Old Trafford!”
Donny van de Beek has also been mocked after playing a supporting role since joining United last season
United mascot Fred the Red was mocked in one meme for being stolen by one supporter
Other memes made reference to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and United star Marcus Rashford
Like Werner, Donny van de Beek hasn’t had the best starts in English football and Ajax’s £ 40 million United summer addition has also been bullied by Twitter users.
Van de Beek has been used sparingly this season and mainly as a substitute and while supporters walked onto the field, it was noticed that they were on their path longer than he.
“Someone said the fans have spent more time on the field this season than Donny van de Beek,” SoccerMemes wrote accompanied by two crying emojis.
Other memes about the events saw mascot Fred the Red get stolen, but it could be United losing it with the club now at risk of getting a points deduction.
As detailed by Sportsmail, both the Premier League and the Football Association are investigating an investigation into the massive protests around Old Trafford on Sunday.
A police helicopter was deployed to guard the stadium after the game was postponed
Some fans put up barriers to swing towards the police lines while attempts were made to clear the area
Tensions escalated when police moved in to move the protesters away from Old Trafford
The Premier League Handbook sets out the requirement for clubs to provide a safe environment for players and officials in Rule K14.
K.14. Each home club also ensures that players and match officials are provided with a safe:
K.14.1. means of entry and exit from the stadium before and after the competition match;
K.14.2. environment in which the league match is played; and
K.14.3. means of entry and exit from the field prior to the kick-off of a league match, at the beginning and at the end
And the organizations are in talks with Manchester United and the local authorities to find out exactly what happened and where the responsibility lies.
Under Premier League rules, points can be deducted if a club cannot guarantee the safety of players and staff, as well as getting in and out of the ground.
The FA can also impose fines, in a long list of possible penalties, including ground closures and suspension from leagues. And it may require the club responsible for the postponement to reimburse the other party for all costs.
Hundreds of United supporters stormed the field at Old Trafford ahead of their match against Liverpool in protest against the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, before clashing with police in ugly scenes.
The FA and the Premier League have many rules pertaining to game delay and player and staff safety, which will now be investigated by the authorities and the club.
Rule K14 states in the Premier League manual that the home team must ensure that players and match officials can enter and exit the stadium safely and that there is a safe area in which to play the game.
And rule K13 also states that the player entrance, as well as the parking area and points of entry, are adequately monitored or steward.