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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. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Could be rescheduled in the fa cup final weekend. Seems like the only free slot. Meaning no blank for united and a double for liverpool

    1. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Gw 36 that is

      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Where does WBrom v Liverpool get moved to. Unfair on WBrom

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Would work great for me. Even if this week becomes a farce 😆

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Play it tomorrow

      1. Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        United play roma in italy on thursday maybe tight?

    4. Elfozzie 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      But Liverpool already scheduled to play on Sunday 16th?
      Then there's 37 on Weds 19th and 38 on Sunday 23rd.
      There really isn't time left, without forcing 3 games in 6 days, which is why it would be smart to play tomorrow.

      1. TeddiPonza
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Wba liverpool moved to midweek 35

    5. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Looking at it my opnion as dont c a gap.

      But could wba v pool say wed night then united v pool go into gw36

  2. Syd.
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    If the PL don't punish Manchester United they will be setting a dangerous precedent

    1. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yeah it's the teams fault....

      Not sure you've got the rough angle here

      1. Quan MisTaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Right **

      2. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Teams regularly get point punishments in the lower divisions because ot financial impropriety - that's not the players fault either

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Give the 3 pts to Pool is the only logical decision

    3. MarvelouSuccess
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      It was a peaceful protest apart from a few muppets

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Breaking into a stadium ... yeaaah

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Oh and coppers with bandages

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        It's not peaceful.

    4. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Exactly

      And basically this match should not be postponed, but gives 0:3 to a ManU lost.

      If not, ManU should get a very heavy fine and PL point deduction as well.

      1. MarvelouSuccess
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Anyone that says 'ManU' doesn't have a say in this

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Don't be so sanctimonious

        2. Yank Revolution
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ludicrous

    5. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Agreed - I think 3 points to Liverpool and title to City is the fair outcome.

      It's what the protesters wanted isn't it?

  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Micah Richards “the fans who entered the stadium were peaceful”

    They broke into the stadium...

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Had leave to catch their trains back to London fortuntalry

    2. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      And they used their outside voices!

    3. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Micah should be fired

  4. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Just got home, but couldn't watch the game. Please don't spoil how many points Bruno(C), Greenwood, Shaw, Salah(VC), Jota and TAA are on

  5. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Anyone else with 6 players not playing? Will be lucky to break 20pts. Top 10k dream over now. Disgrace

    1. jammie26
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Lol

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        6? Try 9.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          As in 9 out of 15. If Dawson plays tomorrow I'll scrape 6 this week.

      • MarvelouSuccess
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I've only got 7 players playing

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm absolutely finished mate

      • jammie26
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I can get a full team out, green arrow incoming.

        • bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yes, Bruno, Kane, Shaw, Saka, Rudiger, Phillips.

        • G00LI0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I have 5 players from the United v pool game

      • jammie26
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Happy days. Only got 2 players in this match and got watkins and dunk points coming off the bench.

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Tbf it was obvious that this protest was coming and that it would lead to a postponement. Those with 4+ Pool and United and no bench had this coming.

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            True

          2. MarvelouSuccess
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Captain hindsight

          3. Shark
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Erm. Yeah, obvious!
            Everyone was talking about it being postponed.

          4. BrutalLogiC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            not at all

          5. G00LI0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Nonsense

          6. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Brilliant work!

        • BobB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Why can't it be played midweek GW37?

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Gw 37 is itself in midweek

          2. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Because Mark sold Bruno. He needs to buy him back first

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Got the cologne?

          3. TorresMagic™
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Guess what day the GW37 deadline is on?

          4. Tommy J
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            They can play weekend of 15/16 May if W Brom v Liv is brought forward to mid week gw 35

        • Atletico Junior
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Joke of a season

        • Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          BB week!!

          Sanchez | Areola
          TAA Shaw Lowton
          Salah Son Lingard Saka
          Kane Vardy Iheanacho
          ¦ Pereira Coady Phillips

          1 FT, 1.5 ITB

          Willing to take a hit.

          Suggest a transfer?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Suggest you wait given all the games before next GW.

          2. tbos83
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Salah > Bruno

          3. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Forster TAA Shaw Holding Rudiger Bruno Jota Salah all 0... sigh. Guess alot are the same boat.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Glad we didn’t Cap Salah or Bruno.

          4. Bielsa's Bucket
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Teams in shambles

          5. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Free wildcard activated...

          6. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Im all for this if it means Pool DGW 35

            Salah TC

            1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              It will happen when the “fans” say

          7. lordkippe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Down to 9 men. But with no Bruno, TAA or Greenwood I guess I am on the right side of this in terms of FPL

            1. MarvelouSuccess
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Pure luck tbh

          8. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            The police in England don't have water cannons and rubber bullets?

          9. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Many of the people who used their right to peaceful protest today will be the same people who moan when Extinction Rebellion or Black Lives Matter are using that same right.....

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yes very well said

            2. Quan MisTaka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Divide and conquer

            3. Lethargio Alcantara
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              this. hypocrites all over.

            4. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Undoubtedly true unfortunately

            5. Yes Ndidi
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Link please...

            6. cheekumz
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              pretty sure the "right to peaceful protest' doesn't extend to private property without permission either, these people >.

            7. Yank Revolution
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yeah like the two "causes" have anything in common or are comparable in importance. Get real.

          10. skooldaze
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Ben Crellin's Excel will be taking a hammering now. More calculations than the Enigma machine.

          11. fedolefan
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Really looking forward to seeing how Ben Mee can make up points for Shaw Mo Bruno Saka and Jota.

          12. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Brilliant holding Bruno and not moving to son is gonna hurt. This game this season is a mess. Rival benched Watkins and is rewarded with pure luck only have two pool players and no utd.

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yeah it’s a killer mate!! My moves this week we going to Be Bruno and Bamford to Son and DCL and I decided to save instead because of the double gameweek announcement!!! Normally I make the transfers early and the one week I show patience it back fires !!

          13. BobB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Tomorrow is the only space, unless they allow 3 games a week

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Can move pool wba to midweek 35.

              Pool utd in 36 then

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Move this game into 36 and allow Liverpool play WBA in 35?

          14. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Tomorrow is a bank holiday

            Logistics in putting a game on include arranging police presence I assume. That's not going to happen at a day's notice,

            Postponed into 36.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              You cannot arrange police & support services in such a short time, game date TBC

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                BS of course they could.

          15. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Just the 5 in this game ... 🙁

          16. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Down to 8 men yippeeee

            1. FPL DONKEY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Same here!

              But I missed the transfer deadline and Kane was still on my bench, so at least I can stop feeling bad about that. Salah (C) Iheanacho (VC) though, so hoping for not too many Kane points

          17. Bielsa's Bucket
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Is a triple GW in week 35 plausible?

          18. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bruno and Jota sellers the real winners

          19. Surfeit of Lampteys
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Andy is absolutely desperate to tweet. He's probably got a dozen tweets saved in his drafts

            1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Is it a blackout if your still reading social media

              1. Surfeit of Lampteys
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                No, it really isn't!

          20. pablo discobar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            @AlanKelly87: @hailcheaters If the game doesn't happen tomorrow, they'd have to bring Liverpool v West Brom into the GW35 DGW, and play Man United v Liverpool in 36.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              No chance, not able to arrange police & support services at such short notice, the game is one piece in a big jigsaw

              1. alastair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yet they managed to do so when the Bournemouth game was rearranged for the next day after the bomb scare - and there were supporters at the game.

                1. No Kane No Gain
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  It was at least 2 days after, not the day after

          21. Quan MisTaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Graham sounness is out of his depth

            1. JBG
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Well he is a man that almost started a riot in Turkey about 20 years old.

          22. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Looking at all the faces of the breakers-in glimmering with intelligence - I sincerely hope face-recognition software in the UK is strong. Morons.

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Meatheads ... it’s amazing they can actually walk and breath at the same time.

            2. Yank Revolution
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              This