A group of hundreds of Manchester United fans invaded the pitch at Old Trafford ahead of their behind-closed-doors game against Liverpool in protest against the Glazer family.
United supporters were expressing their anger following plans backed by the Glazers to join a proposed European Super League, which collapsed soon after. The plans added to years of discontent and protests from supporters following the controversial takeover by the Glazers in 2005.
Outside the ground, large numbers of supporters were also protesting.
A protest was planned outside the ground at 2pm, with fans congregating at least an hour before.
It is believed those who gained access to the ground did so via the Munich Tunnel, after pushing down barriers, despite the attempts of security guards to prevent that happening.
A large number of fans ran back out of the stadium complex at around 2.20pm.
It was not clear whether the incident would affect the proposed kick-off time of 4.30pm. Later, confirmation arrived that kick-off had been delayed – without it being specified to when. Both teams remained in their hotels.
A Liverpool win would hand the Premier League title to United’s neighbours, Manchester City.
The PA news agency understands a meeting is currently ongoing to establish what happened, with the stadium locked down.
A full sweep of the stadium was understood to be needed, with damage to the pitch.
Anger at Glazers
In the wake of the European Super League debacle, many critics have come forward against the Glazers.
For example, former player Gary Neville said last month: “While they were sat at the club never making a statement, never showing their hands, never doing media conferences, yes they were taking money out of the club, yes they’ve leveraged against the club, there’s nothing we can do about that once the club became a PLC.
“They attacked every single football fan in this country with what they did.
“The Glazers have no place in Manchester anymore.”