More viewers watched Manchester United’s Sky Sports coverage against Liverpool – which was not played – than Tottenham and Arsenal’s Premier League victories on Sunday.
About 1.4 million viewers voted in as the match at Old Trafford was initially postponed due to organized fan protests outside the stadium and in Manchester City center, which started around 2pm.
When Sky Sports began building the United game, it was announced that the game had been postponed as supporters took to Old Trafford and the field to protest the club’s property, the Glazer family.
More viewers watched Sky Sports coverage of the postponed match between Manchester United and Liverpool than the Arsenal and Tottenham matches
About 1.4 million viewers voted in as angry Man United fans stormed Old Trafford in protest
Despite there being no live action to broadcast, more viewers tuned in as Sky Sports pundits, including Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Roy Keane, Micah Richards and Graeme Souness, tried out the rapidly unfolding events to understand than the earlier and later the kickoff.
Arsenal started the Super Sunday action, claiming a 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park and Tottenham later relegated Sheffield United for four.
But the Sky Sports crew continued to scramble as the scenes continued throughout the afternoon, and it was eventually decided to postpone the game, with both teams unable to leave their hotels due to the protests.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that two officers were injured, with one officer being “ assaulted with a bottle and a significant cut to his face, requiring emergency hospital treatment. ”
Broadcaster Sky Sports has confirmed that it will take place at a later date, which has yet to be decided.
There were clashes as fans tried to break police lines outside the stadium, with officers pulling batons to hold back the crowds and throwing out bottles and other projectiles. A row of riot police, supported by horses, pushed the crowd back from the area where the players would enter the ground.
The storming of Old Trafford came after many more blocked the entrance to the Lowry Hotel, where United’s players and staff stay and use every weekend prior to a home game.
A fan of those who stormed Old Trafford grabbed the corner flag as they stormed the field
Tensions escalated as police came in to remove protesters with batons drawn from the forecourt of Old Trafford
Some fans lifted red barriers to throw at police lines as attempts were made to clear the outside of Old Trafford
Hundreds of Manchester United fans have stormed the field at Old Trafford in protest against the club’s American owners ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game with Liverpool.
Representatives from the two teams and the Premier League met at 4 p.m. to discuss and discuss the situation, after which it was determined that the game could not go ahead for security reasons.
Both teams were stopped at their team hotel by Greater Manchester Police, while match referee Michael Oliver was also delayed entering the ground.
While on the air, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane backed the cause of the protests and insisted that this was just the beginning of the fan base.
Keane said of Sky Sports: ‘They do it because they love the club and that’s not what has happened with the Super League in recent weeks.
“I think it’s been building up for a number of years, that frustration, and they’ve come to the end and thought ‘enough is enough’.
Roy Keane has insisted that Manchester United fans will continue to protest until the Glazers sell out
United supporters try to drive Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left) out of the club
It’s been building up over the years – disappointment in communication, things happening in the back room, tickets, whatever it may be.
“The club’s leadership has not been good enough, when they look at the owners and feel that it is all about making money. Today’s statement is huge that the match is being called off.
‘Sometimes you have to put a marker down for people to notice and this is now going all over the world and people are going to have to sit up and take notes.
Hopefully the owners of Man United will say ‘these fans are dead serious’ and more to come. This is just the beginning for United fans, mark my words.
“This is just the beginning for United fans and their plan is for the United owners to give in and sell the club.”
Although Keane’s fellow pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville defended the grounds on which the protests had begun, United fans were criticized by Graeme Souness for throwing projectiles.
Greame Souness criticized United fans for throwing flares and bottles during the protest
Souness said, ‘Let’s face it, someone threw an outburst at this stage today. If it hit any of us, we’d be in the hospital with scars.
‘Someone threw a bottle of beer here. If that hit you in the wrong place, you could have been killed!
‘A child was killed by a torch in Cardiff. I am not massively criticizing Man United supporters, but you cannot suppress that.
‘That (flare) could have marked someone for life. We’re here saying it’s okay for them to demonstrate, but a village idiot could have killed someone here today. ‘