Very Secret! Manchester United launches operation to stop anti-Glazer protesters as they want to ensure pre-match plans for rescheduled Liverpool clash don’t leak – with players vowing to secrecy and deliberately keeping some staffers informed
- Manchester United are desperately trying to avoid further security concerns on Thursday
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side faces Liverpool in their rescheduled fixture list
- United have sworn their players to secrecy regarding their pre-game plans
- The last time they were to meet, earlier in May, protests continued to clash
Manchester United have set up a top-secret operation to stop anti-Glazer protesters from disrupting their plans for Thursday’s rescheduled clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
United has adopted a siege mentality, with players vowing to maintain secrecy about their preparations and providing staff with information they need to know to prevent leaks and mitigate security threats.
The club is trying to prevent a repeat of the scenes that caused the game to be postponed 11 days ago when protesters prevented the team from leaving the Lowry Hotel and hundreds of others clashed with police at Old Trafford.
Man United has started an operation to prevent protesters from knowing their matchday plans
United is aware of the ongoing threat and has kept their plans well since then.
Last week, Carrington’s departure time for the Europa League semi-final against Roma in Italy was kept secret until the last minute amid rumors that fans would try to sabotage the team bus on its way to Manchester Airport.
The players stayed at home for Tuesday’s game against Leicester and were not told to meet on the training ground until Monday evening before traveling to the stadium.
Sportsmail understands that plans are likely to change again on Thursday night against Liverpool. There will be tight security to prevent further disturbances after it became the first Premier League game to be canceled due to a protest.
Security around Old Trafford has been tightened to ensure their Liverpool clash continues
United has built a 10-foot wall and installed steel barriers to protect the most vulnerable parts of Old Trafford, including the corner of the stadium where fans broke into the field twice.
There was a greater police presence and more stewards on duty when United played against Leicester, although the game against rivals Liverpool has always been seen as a greater risk.
Both clubs have American owners who were involved in the collapsed European Super League. The fiasco rekindled anti-Glazer sentiment at United and led to a boost in club security.
United fans stormed the field 11 days ago before the game, which resulted in a postponement
The number of stewards in Carrington has risen significantly from 15 to about 50 since a crowd with banners broke in to protest last month.
Last week, a new barrier was installed, whereby a number of employees now compare the training complex with Fort Knox.
Although protesters claimed Liverpool’s postponement as a win over the Glazers, it led United to play four times in eight days and a defeat to Leicester confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions.