An official Liverpool bus that was on its way to Old Trafford has reportedly had it’s tyres punctured after being blocked in by two vehicles in a Manchester side street. It is not yet clear whether the Liverpool players and staff were on board at the time, with a similar coach still said to be at the team hotel.
There was a heavy police presence surrounding the streets of 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.
Some of the Manchester United squad arrive at Old Trafford earlier this afternoon and were instructed to stay there until the game.
A number of decoy runs had also been carried out by the Manchester United team coach in a bid to confuse protesters.
However, a Liverpool bus was blocked in by two cars as a small group of United fans attempted to cause chaos.
The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor was live at the scene and reported that the tyres of the vehicle had been punctured.
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 prepared to meet.
“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.”