Man Utd fans storm Old Trafford pitch in anti-Glazer protest ahead of Liverpool

Manchester United fans stormed the Old Trafford pitch as anti-Glazer protests spilled over on Sunday.

United fans arrived in their thousands at Old Trafford to protest the Glazers' ownership following the European Super League fallout and ahead of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool.

With green and yellow smoke filling the air around the 76,000-seater stadium, a large number of the Reds fanbase chanted and held banners reading 'Apology not accepted. 50+1’,

But, despite a large police presence, some fans broke through the barriers and onto the Old Trafford turf. Flares were set off as a number of fans were seen running across the pitch and around the goalmouth area.

Supporters on the pitch could be seen posing for pictures, holding match balls and walking with corner flags.

Objects were also thrown towards the area where Sky Sports do their presenting, with various chants directed at certain members of the punditry team.

In one video, a flare is launched up and at the broadcasting team.

Police eventually cleared the supporters off the pitch, with missiles, litter and various objects strewn all over it.

Fans also gathered at the team's Lowry Hotel. With hundreds by the entrance, seemingly in a bid to block the team from leaving the five-star premise.

At time of writing the Premier League stated that the game will still go ahead.

The protests follow the club's decision to co-found the European Super League, before United chiefs made a swift withdrawal and apology.

Joel Glazer released a lengthy statement to fans in which he said: "This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.

"It is important for us to put that right."

But fans rejected his apology.

Last Saturday, four days after United pulled the plug on the ESL, around one thousand fans gathered at Old Trafford.

These efforts have now been multiplied several times over.

A formal protest was organised for 2pm, prior to the Liverpool fixture, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged fans to go about their demonstrations peacefully.

"It's important that the fans' views are listened to and we communicate better," he said. "My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.

"As I've said before I've been backed, I've had great support from the club and the owners and I'm sure I will get the backing again to go one step further. When the protests are on, it's important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful."

Fans outside Old Trafford chanted in support of the United boss who has managed to turn round the club's form in recent years.

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