Yes you read that right, hundreds of Man Utd fans break into Old Trafford to protest against the Glazers before Sunday’s game.
There’s a number of videos and pictures on social media showing fans on the pitch at Old Trafford having got into the stadium.
Clips, which have been going viral, show fans with their green and gold flares before then filming themselves around the ground.
Manchester Evening News updates: “(13:54pm) Here at Old Trafford, United fans are going through their repertoire of anti-Scouse chants but omitting the Liverpool nature for a Glazer or the Glazers in some of them.
“() It looks like the protesters have moved away from the Trinity Statue and broken down the barriers, seem to have stopped at the moment outside the away end entrance.
It’s already kicked off at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/0wCVFSTAEA
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) May 2, 2021
“() They’re heading in the direction of where the coaches would park up, but have been stopped at the entrance to the Munich tunnel, with a few police down there. Team coaches park up the other side of the tunnel.”
“(14:33pm) United have informed reporters of the Zoom post-match time but, at this rate, there won’t be one or, if there is, it will be conducted from a suite at The Lowry.
“(14:33pm) Thousands of fans are still facing up police in the mouth of the Munich Tunnel. Some fans are apprehensive about the game being called off as they’d like to see it played. Others are keener on disrupting the fixture, which would be about as effective a form of protest as it gets.
— The Away Fans Videos (@TheAwayFansVids) May 2, 2021
“(14:31pm) This is the scene at the Lowry Hotel just two hours until kick-off, and you’d expect the team to be departing soon on a normal matchday.
” (14:45pm) Sky Sports show live pictures from inside Old Trafford, the pitch clear of all supporters. Some debris and rubbish remains, while balls, corner flags, camera equipment and other items were taken.
” (14:45pm) They report that fans left relatively quickly and in an orderly fashion. Geoff Shreeves adds a few fans made their way up the tunnel.
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) May 2, 2021
“() The team buses are still waiting outside the Lowry. It’s one hour 40 minutes to kick-off, and 40 minutes to team news.
“(14:51pm) Hundreds are relentlessly stood outside the Munich Tunnel, continuing with their chants and letting off flares.
“(14:56pm) The Premier League say there has been no coronavirus breach as no supporters have gained entry to dressing rooms.
“(14:51pm) A lot of fans have left and are walking back down Sir Matt Busby Way away from the stadium but the majority are still here. There must still be two or three thousand on site at the stadium.
“(14:59pm) We’re approaching the time the team coaches would arrive but the United squad are still stuck at The Lowry and it doesn’t seem they’re going anywhere at the moment.
“(15:32pm Groundsman are inspecting pitch for possible damage. Reports of broadcast cameras being smashed. Serious doubts over match going ahead”
— SteveRobsonMEN (@SteveRobson04) May 2, 2021
“(14:59pm) Protesters are still turning up at Old Trafford with crates of Stella under their arm, which suggests they’re in it for the long haul.”
“(15:07pm) Sky Sports are reporting that today’s match referee has been turned away from entering the stadium for now. Neither team has arrived yet, either.
“(15:07pm) Fans are still in somewhat of a stand-off with police, with something thrown towards officers.
“(15:16pm) Sky Sports report a second group of supporters have gained access to inside the stadium in the corner where away fans usually sit, and are trying to get onto the pitch. They say the Premier League insist team sheets will be issued at 3.30 as planned – even though the teams are still not here.
“(15:37pm) The Premier League have published the teams, even though the team remains at the hotel.
“United XI: Henderson, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford.
“Liverpool XI: Alisson, Robertson, Kabak, Philips, Alexander-Arnold; Fabino, Thiago, Milner; Mane, Salah, Firmino.”
“just been told by the Premier League that kick-off will be delayed. It will not kick-off at 4:30 this afternoon, as yet, we do not have the revised kick-off time either.
“Received the news that the players are still currently locked in their hotel rooms, or certainly away in their hotel rooms, their safety is paramount.
“(16:00pm) Michael Oliver has managed to get into Old Trafford! More police vans moving in outside the Lowry. A smaller group of protesters who were penned in here have dispersed. Team buses look like they’re being readied.
“(16:07pm) Kicking off at Lowry after protesters tried to get down a side road towards the hotel. Police spirited over and put a fence up. Batons now raised.”
“(16:28pm) Today’s referee, Michael Oliver is now at Old Trafford with his team, involved in the clubs/Premier League decision making process, his room like dressing rooms are “100% safe and sanitary”. 6:30pm “aspirational” kick off time.
“(17:46pm): MATCH POSTPONED
“Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.
“However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better. 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.
Twitter users reacted as Man Utd fans break into Old Trafford to protest prior Liverpool derby…
@Bignumber9: Embarrassing for security at Old Trafford
@CrippyCooke: This is good. Never forget what owners tried to do behind fans’ backs. Protests like these will put immense pressure on the Glazers and fans have put up with enough from them.
@UtdGazza: Proper fans
@SaeedTV_: It’s the beginning of the end for the Glazers. We must act now! Momentum is key! #GlazersOut
@UtdEIIis: I don’t want to see any Manchester United fan complaining about todays match vs. Liverpool being cancelled because of our fans protesting against the Glazers. This needed to happen, everyone in the stadium currently is a legend. #GlazersOut
@johnaokane: Just shows how cheap and shit the security is at OT to be able to break into so easy, just shows how the Glazers are running this shit show, FANS CHALLENGING WHAT THEY FUND! its been coming #MUFC #GlazersGetOut
@PAULNIELD: I understand and agree with the objective behind this , however this is not right way to do it . Match will possibly get abandoned, club fined , players routine and preparations upset etc
@Abhay_UTD: This isn’t about being 2nd in the league or getting to the final of Europa league or anything else. This is about how they have taken 2 billion from our club and have kept us in debt for the past 15 years.
@ForeverAYellow: Man Utd fans break into Old Trafford, about time! #GlazersOut
@niiamhlauren: If you’re upset by the protests btw, you’re not a proper United fan, all of this is worth it to get rid of the Glazers after all these years…. #GlazersGetOut #GlazersOut
@xMcfc_oKx: The Premier League have released a statement saying Man Utd will be hit with a severe penalty following the invasion of Old Trafford by fans this afternoon. Bruno Fernandes will take it.
@BandanaSavos: Embarassing, I would say ban everyone of them but its probably the first time they’ve been to old trafford.
@TFWriter: The Glazers have stolen £2bn from the club. They’ve dragged the name and our history through the dirt for 16 years. They don’t give a single shit about the sport, never mind Manchester United. A postponed game or fans breaching the pitch is NOT too far. #GlazersOut
@roth1717: Too dangerous for both United and Liverpool players. Match has to be cancelled today. How is Old Trafford so easy to get in.
@So_Cal_Geordie: I’m back just to say this. This split coverage of the Man Utd protest is a massive disrespect to #NUFC on 2 fronts. 1) We’re forced to have it on during our match. 2) None of our own protests have had this much coverage and we’ve been screaming about our shit owner for years!
@LoyIeToMyCapo: Can’t think of a more effective form of direct action in football than literally stopping the games from going ahead. Well done to the Mancs.
@UtdJChinkZ9: ITS TIMEEEEE TO GOOOOOO #GlazersOut
@delstroyer_: A Spurs fan has been spotted entering Old Trafford trying to steal a trophy
@MHiggins90: Those fans have had more minutes on the pitch than Van De Beek.
@Daniely79: Stealing the corner flag that’s not a protest it’s a few drunk hooligans
@spiralsym: Embarrassing that a few thousand people can break through the security at a football stadium?! It only takes a hundred or so to storm a bloody castle.
@CopsARC: Absolutely shocking scene, actual Mancs inside old Trafford
More photos and videos came in as Man Utd fans break into Old Trafford…
BREAKING: Angry Manchester United fans are staging a protest against the club’s owners after getting inside their Old Trafford stadium.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 2, 2021
Man utd secruity be like pic.twitter.com/H1zwxzKiFZ
— Deian Rhys 🏴UTST (@deian_rhys) May 2, 2021
Dude was chillin on the net at old trafford, another person kicked a ball into the net and knocked him off 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/gQDCWZtkoH
— Kyle Caldarelli (@KAC443) May 2, 2021
ISIS watching how easy it is to break into Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/dOsREb6EBf
— Manny (@SuppressedSikh) May 2, 2021
The best part about fans getting inside Old Trafford is the strong message it delivers.
It truly shows the power of the fans and the unconditional love we have for this football club.pic.twitter.com/xSzY1FTVXN
— ᥅ (@TheFergusonWay) May 2, 2021
The message is clear from the protestors at Old Trafford. Get the Glazers out. pic.twitter.com/8DFoOIzbKh
— Mike Parrott (@MikeParrott_) May 2, 2021
More from inside Old Trafford. pic.twitter.com/WSCLyWfSTl
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) May 2, 2021
Security at Old Trafford today pic.twitter.com/siUrhErC2y
— Moll😇 (@Moll_MUFC) May 2, 2021
Solskjaer chants at Old Trafford! pic.twitter.com/KJcj1vOhne
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) May 2, 2021
You’ve got to love the British public.
One minute they’re shopping at Aldi, next they’re protesting at Old Trafford.
— Aaron (@aaron1867) May 2, 2021