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Manchester United fans break into Old Trafford, storm field to protest American owners

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Thousands of Manchester United fans have descended upon Old Trafford to protest against the Glazers with supporters storming onto the pitch.

And fuming Red Devils fans have even blocked their squad from leaving the Lowry Hotel ahead of their clash against rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

The United faithful have gathered en masse outside the Theatre of Dreams in a planned protest, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleaded for it to be peaceful.

But tempers have flared during the protest, with supporters seen throwing punches at each other.

And footage has emerged online showing fans inside the ground where they have stormed onto the pitch and lit off flares.

A flare can also be seen directed towards the Sky Sports studio where Jamie Carragher was watching from.

Sky Sports claimed during their live broadcast that pitchside cameras as well as balls, corner flags and other items have been taken.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that around 10,000 fans are campaigning against the Glazers as fans look to force their American owners to leave.

They claim that a section of fans launched a beer can at a camera crew, telling them to “Stick your f*** cameras up your a***” before they broke into Old Trafford.

Manchester Evening News also state that there has been no coronavirus breach as fans haven’t made their way into the dressing rooms.

Fans have been left furious following the club’s plans to enter the European Super League, before they were forced to pull out following mass outrage.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s protest, Solskjaer said: “It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better.

Manchester United fans Old Trafford Glazers
Fans protest Manchester United ownership on the field at Old Trafford on May 2, 2021.
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“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.

“But I’m so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.

“Then again, when the protests are on, it’s important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”

The Athletic have stated that Old Trafford has been placed on lockdown.

Journalist Lauire Whitwell tweeted: “Old Trafford placed on lockdown as fans get onto pitch.

“Hundreds make their way through the stadium and exit the other side.

“Security taking a sensible approach, letting them out the gates where team coaches should arrive later.”

Manchester United fans Old Trafford Glazers
The scene outside Old Trafford as Manchester United fans protest ownership on May 2, 2021.
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Despite the chaos, Sky have insisted that United’s derby clash against Liverpool is still expected to take go ahead at 11:30 a.m. (ET.)

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