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Man Utd v Liverpool postponed after protests in and around Old Trafford

Sunday’s Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool has been officially postponed following supporter protests inside and outside Old Trafford.

No new date has yet been announced by the Premier League but available windows are thin on the ground.

Thousands of Manchester United fans had been protesting against the club’s ownership ahead of kick-off, with supporters present around the stadium and separately holding up the departure of the team buses from the Lowry Hotel.

A small section of fans had also made it onto the pitch during the demonstration.

A statement from United said:

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.

The Premier League added in their own statement:

Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United v Liverpool game has been postponed. This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities. The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.

We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.

The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.

WHEN COULD THE REARRANGED MATCH TAKE PLACE?

Man Utd v Liverpool kick-off delayed as protesting fans invade Old Trafford pitch 2

Playing the rearranged game tomorrow night (still within Gameweek 34) is one scenario providing security concerns aren’t an ongoing issue and any relevant rearrangements can be made, with the Red Devils still getting a 72-hour window before their rematch with Roma.

Aside from that, the only free slot that Manchester United have is on the weekend of May 15/16 (Gameweek 36) – when Liverpool are in action against West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom v Liverpool could, theoretically, be moved back a few days into the midweek of Gameweek 35, creating a ‘double’ for both teams and allowing Manchester United v Liverpool to take place in Gameweek 36:

Thanks again to Legomane for the graphic.

TEAM NEWS

The teamsheets had actually been released as normal an hour before the scheduled kick-off time.

The headline news was that Diogo Jota (£7.1m) was only among the substitutes, with Jurgen Klopp reverting back to his tried-and-tested 4-3-3 set-up following a dalliance with a more attacking formation last weekend.

Jota was one of two players who dropped out of the starting XI, with Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.3m) also making way.

Nat Phillips (£4.1m) had been passed fit, while James Milner (£5.3m) was recalled in the middle of the park.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s line-up showed only one change from the side he sent out to face Leeds United last weekend.

Paul Pogba (£7.6m) returned, with Daniel James (£6.2m) dropping out.

SUNDAY’S OTHER GAMEWEEK 34 ACTION

A match that had very little impact on the upper echelons of Fantasy Premier League went the way of the visitors at St James’ Park.

Thanks to a combination of injuries, rotation and general disinterest in either side, not a single player on show had an effective ownership of greater than 0.27% in the top 10k.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) was back in the starting XI after a spell out with malaria and continued his fine individual record against a listless and potentially ‘on the beach’ Newcastle United, scoring one and fortuitously assisting another en route to a first double-digit haul since Gameweek 24.

A third of his 12 attacking returns this season have come against the Magpies.

Budget FPL midfielder Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m) set up the Gabon international’s goal, with the even-cheaper Mohamed Elneny (£4.2m) scoring the opener following an Aubameyang miscue.

Bernd Leno (£5.0m), Bukayo Saka (£5.1m), Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m) and Rob Holding (£4.3m) were all either unused substitutes or not involved as Arteta once again ran wild with the rotation with one eye on Europe.

Arsenal were again without Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m), with Arteta offering a pessimistic update ahead of kick-off.


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1,576 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Dock Man Utd points for both this postponement and the super league farce.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      League 2

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Dock every big 6 club points then no?

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Now we're talking

      2. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        And Arsenal.

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Not fair, that would benefit Tottenham.

      4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Yes, but it wont happen sadly 🙁

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      They should be punished for today’s farce.

  2. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Surely the proper thing now is null and void the season and start over when VVD is fit again

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      🙂 Liv fan perhaps? Hope to see him back in the new season. Sorely missed (not a Liv fan btw, but enjoy great players)

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Everyone celebrating too early. See you tomorrow 🙂

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Hope Jota starts

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Nota chance

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          how?

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            He wasn't starting today, why would he tomorrow?

            1. Lindelol
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              i know that but now there is a chance

    2. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Televised game clashing with another televised game, no?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Bank holiday so 3 pm kick off fine

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Earliest one tomorrow is 6pm. It's also a Bank Holiday.

        They could have two on the same time if they really wanted.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          (Boxing Day is also a public holiday, not like they can't play games earlier.)

  4. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Why have all my Liverpool and United assets blanked? Was there a snowstorm or something on the pitch?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yes.

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      The social-media block obviously effects some more than others 😉 Nice and warm in that igloo?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        I wish mate, just joking

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Enjoyed the wind-up 😉

  5. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    F this season

  6. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Match will OBVIOUSLY be played tomorrow

    No other date possible

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      36?

    2. pablo discobar
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Could just award Liverpool the points.

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Should cancel the game, award Liverpool the points and move on.

        1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          this is the right answer!

    3. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      yep even after end of season you have europa final, has to be tomorrow. I'd imagine before the other sky games at 6 and 8pm.

    4. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      This is the obvious and best solution, but it needs an assortment of jobsworths to get together to make a sensible decision.

    5. TeddiPonza
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Fa cup final weekend

  7. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    No Rudiger, Alonso, TAA, Salah, Bruno and Greenwood.

    Jota, Holding and Masuaku on the bench 😆

  8. Siva Mohan
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Azpi, Dias - no show
    Rafa - injured
    Greenwood, Bruno, TAA, Salah - ?

    🙁

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Gonna be a rough week if this game doesn't go ahead. I have 4 in this game. Azpi was a surprise. Gundo not so much. I will have Digne & Phillips off the bench to cover. I think we need a bigger bench next year to cater for my bad calls, like ESR.

  9. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Struijk off the bench!!! Hahahaha, I’m the real winner!!! Unlucky lads

    1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      My ML rival has vestegaard coming off the bench.

  10. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Let's kill this "game to be played tomorrow" talk.

    UTD play Roma on Thursday in the SF of UEL. Playing the game tomorrow leaves UTD with two days to prepare including travelling to Italy. Also means UTD would play 2 tough games over 4 days.

    Ole would not be wanting to do that, UEL is more important.

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      so what bench players then if its so important

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Monday to thursday is a common gap between domestic and european games.

      Plus utd are pretty much through

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Teams play on sunday before an away uck match on wednesday all the tinr

      2. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Really? show me some examples please.

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      City just played on Wednesday and Saturday which is the same gap. There’s no other opportunity between now and the end of the season

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Has to be played tomorrow, Europa league is done and of no consequence

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      They’ll play it Man Utd’s blank GW36

    6. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Lol, yeah they won't want to jeopardise their 6-2 lead.

    7. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      They're 6 2 up

    8. Noisy Neighbour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bunch of whiners. Just have them forfeit the match then.

    9. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Agree wholeheartedly. Obviously people don't plan for a big game like I do. Got the beer chilled, glassed frosted, nuts & a selection of crisps ready to go. Whether the game goes ahead or not; these provisions ain't gonna last overnight 😉

  11. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Match is postponed - official

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    One ppssible solution

    West brom vs liverpool in dgw 35

    Utd vs pool in gw 36

    1. Mike2795647
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yep, fingers cross as this would be gold

    2. FFSbet.com
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Season over if that happen,FH in mud

  13. Surfeit of Lampteys
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Real test of will for the blackout crew this.

  14. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Jesus Christ the last two months have been a nightmare.
    This week alone: Rudiger, Gundogan, Saka, Fernandes, Shaw, Raphinha. Bamford hooked at 58.
    Go ahead, cancel the Spurs game too.

  15. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Very unlikely that the match will be made up tomorrow. It can't be done without the consent of the parties involved and I think Liverpool will appeal.

    1. alastair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      On what grounds ?

      1. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        The home team has the duty to ensure that the match can be played.
        If they are unable to do so, the match will be considered a 0-3 defeat.

      2. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Old Trafford

        1. Bartowski
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Damn beat me to the quite frankly obvious and only retort to this question.

      3. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Old Trafford

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          😆 very good!

  16. Quan MisTaka
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Annoying we don't have a match too watch.

    But let's see the bigger picture here. A stand was had against these owners. FANS stood up. If you winge about a game being called off you don't care about the sport

    1. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Lol at the suggestion this protest will even register with the glazers.

      1. Quan MisTaka
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        They won't give two f***s. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't protest and make your voice heard

    2. Quan MisTaka
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Sport*** being the key word. Not just entertainment. Go watch wrestling

    3. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'm a Leeds utd fan and usually have little sympathy with anything man utd have to endure but, "well done " to those peacefully protesting against the greedy owners. Awarding pool the points would be a ridiculous precedent. Again I applaud you for taking a stand. I will gladly sacrifice my FF points even though I have holding and esr on the bench. Football should unite and losing one game is a small price to pay.

  17. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Season, what a joke, no words, pointless.

  18. son of city
    4 months, 21 days ago

    This is crazy

  19. Siva Mohan
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    GAME POSTPONED
    The match will NOT go ahead today, and has been postponed until a later date.

  20. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Award the 3 pts to Liverpool. Why should they be punished because of the United fans. Makes no sense. Ruining the integrity of the league

    1. Quan MisTaka
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Give over

    2. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Exactly

    3. Warblers Fear Satan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      The renegade Super League owners ruined the integrity of the league.

  21. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Game to be played tomorrow or?

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Unlikely tomorrow , need to reduce the "heat"

  22. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Game to be rearranged at later date @ Sky

  23. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Can't award Liverpool the points - W Ham, Chelsea etc would rightly object

  24. Jimmers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Game surely has to be fixed for tomorrow. ManUtd have a game on Wed 12th (v Leicester) so that midweek is out and there are midweek games the following week (19th)

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Moving pool wba to dgw 35 opens up gw 36 for both

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Dream on

  25. HellasLEAF
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Why is Jota in my team...

    Have been without all season no worries.

    Just foolish.

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I have him and Vardy for the past 2-3 GWs 🙁

  26. Tommy J
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Just confirmed by Premier league they will announce Re-arrangement in due course therefore seems highly unlikely it will be played tomorrow

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yep tomorrow seems less likely than using it to fill Man Utd’s blank GW36

      They just need to pull Liverpool’s West Brom game into midweek GW35

      1. Tommy J
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        That makes a lot of sense

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Aye agree

  27. Mike2795647
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Well at least I’ve got 8 poi it’s from Watkins from the bench and fingers crossed captain Kane hammers Shef Utd tonight. Also means that strong chance for pool double and no Utd blank in next few game weeks - should be pretty tasty for those with benchboost left

  28. Sleepless in Settle FPL
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Chilwell Mount off the bench for Salah Bruno yessss finally some luck

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      IF ... the game is moved out of this game week and not played tomorrow.

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Hold your nerves

    3. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Why tf would you bench them in the first place? Don't deserve the points

      1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        played Velmant over Mount
        play Alonso over Chilwell

        1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          velmant 6p = mount
          play alonso made sense...

  29. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Speculation on 12th or 16th for the rearranged game.

    More twists in the fixtures!

    Can't fine the club.

    Shocking decision to postpone.

    The Lowry ain't that great either. Bit Coronation Street if you ask me but premium prices.

    Ridiculous but hey ho.

    At least I sold Cavani and only have the 4 players in red plus Rudiger to contend with.

    Roll on Spurs team newz....
    (!!)

  30. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Where's Crellin when you need him