An official Liverpool bus that was on its way to Old Trafford reportedly had its tyres punctured after being blocked in by two vehicles in a Manchester side street. The vehicle was not carrying the Liverpool players at the time, with another coach having been at the team hotel ahead of the match against Manchester United that kicks off at 8.15pm.
There was a heavy police presence surrounding the streets around Old Trafford after the Premier League clash on May 2 was postponed due to disturbances both inside and outside the ground.
More trouble was forecasted ahead of tonight’s game as Manchester United supporters attempt to drive the Glazer family out of their club with protests following their involvement in the formation of the now collapsed European Super League.
Some of the Man United squad were instructed to arrive at Old Trafford earlier this afternoon and planned to stay there until the game, with beds even said to have been put up in executive boxes at the ground.
Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood were among those pictured arriving in their own cars well before kick-off.
United boss Solskjaer made it clear earlier this week that the club were doing everything they could to ensure the fixture goes ahead, while accepting that the fans wish to have their say.
“Security measures are being looked at, of course, and I hope that we can keep the protests – if there are protests – down to loud voices, nothing violent,” the Norwegian said.
“We want to listen. The players want to play the game.
“We play Liverpool. Of course we want to beat Liverpool… So, we’re going to do everything we can for our fans to celebrate what we’re doing on the pitch.”
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was wary that there could be a repeat of the scenes we saw outside the ground at the start of the month when the two sides were scheduled to meet nearly two weeks ago.
““When you protest, it’s to cause disruption and that’s what Manchester United have done on a grand scale,” he told Sky Sports.
“They knew off the back of getting the game cancelled 10 days ago that the Glazers weren’t going to walk out the next day, but what they did was make this a story worldwide. Everyone around the globe was talking about Manchester United getting a game called off, it was unprecedented.
“The protestors, in some ways, did their job.
“Tonight, I’m not 100 per cent sure what will go on, but I’m sure they will be trying to do the same again and send that message out.
“In some ways, I don’t know whether that can continue where you’re trying to get games called off consistently but when you look at those images, it will be something that goes around the world again.
“With no supporters supposedly coming into the ground, and you still see scenes like that, with the police and stewards outside, you obviously understand that because of what happened 10 days ago.
“Again, it’s another powerful image, again, that Manchester United supporters who are protesting and want these owners out will feel like they have achieved something.”