United players arrive at ground six hours before Liverpool game - reports
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United players were pictured arriving at Old Trafford for Thursday's game with Liverpool six hours before the kick-off as they sought to avoid fan protestors seeking to disrupt the Premier League match.
United's home game against Leicester City on Tuesday went ahead without incident after a heavy police and security presence along with a 'ring of steel' set of barriers around the Old Trafford venue ensured no access to fans, who are barred from the ground due to COVID-19 restrictions.
As part of the protests which stopped the Liverpool game from taking place, fans blocked the exit of the Manchester hotel that is regularly used by the club for the players' pre-game meal, meetings and rest.But it appears that United broke from their usual routine on Thursday with pictures published on the websites of The Sun newspaper and the Manchester Evening News showing several players arriving early at Old Trafford.
A spokesman for United said the club would not comment on players' activity or timings.Protests against the Glazer family, who bought United in 2005, reignited after the Americans were involved in a failed attempt to create a breakaway European Super League. headtopics.com
United owner and co-chairman Joel Glazer has promised he will meet with fans groups to discuss their concerns.(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris) Read more: The Star »
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