Police cools down over potential player-flash points in the Manchester derby

Police cools down potential player points in the Manchester derby after last year's collision in the Old Trafford tunnel

  • Manchester Untied and Manchester City players will be trusted to behave
  • A tunnel injury marred the final collision between the teams at Old Trafford
  • However, no police officers will be stationed in the tunnel on Wednesday evening
  • 6ft gates are in place outside the entrance gates to prevent breakdowns

The Manchester United and City players will be trusted to behave off the field – despite the tunnel injury that marred their last collision with Old Trafford.

After the stormy 2-1 win of the visitors in December 2017, about 20 players and staff were involved in an unreliable aim when United boss Jose Mourinho complained about a lack of respect from City & # 39; s celebrating players.

However, Sportsmail understands that no police officers will be stationed in the tunnel for Wednesday night's match. While officers can board if necessary, United's stewards are entrusted to keep the peace.

The players of Manchester United and Manchester City will be trusted to behave

The players of Manchester United and Manchester City will be trusted to behave

The problems flared in 2017 when Mourinho was confronted with City keeper Ederson. The two were involved in a heated exchange that encouraged others to participate.

The Portuguese had allegedly spit water on him, was topped with milk and beaten on the head by an empty plastic bottle. After security officers separated the players from each other, the police stood outside the changing rooms.

Now, with a more gentle Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge of United, it is hoped that there will be no recurrence. A lot has been done about some United fans' longing for a win in the city to keep Liverpool from winning the title.

With the gentle Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm, we hope there will be no fire points

With the gentle Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm, we hope there will be no fire points

With the gentle Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm, we hope there will be no fire points

The police have taken this into account but are not taking any risks. For the first time for a derby at Old Trafford, 6ft fences have been placed outside the turnstiles in an effort to prevent problems in the hall behind the road section, which has often been a flash point area.

The fences were a success for matches against European sides and in other high-profile domestic matches.

Chief Graeme Openshaw, who oversees the operation of the Greater Manchester Police, said: & We are looking forward to another great football match for Manchester. We have worked closely with both clubs to ensure that everyone can enjoy the game in a safe environment. & # 39;

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