United fans stormed Old Trafford last season ahead of their fixture against Liverpool before clashing with police outside in ugly scenes which forced the game to be postponed
Manchester United are concerned there could be a repeat of the violent fan protests seen at Old Trafford back in May when Liverpool come to town on Sunday.
The Premier League clash was forced to be abandoned after supporters of United broke into the ground to demonstrate against the club’s owners the Glazers.
What started out as a peaceful protest soon turned sour with fans eventually clashing with police outside, as bottles were hurled in the direction of officers.
Now club chiefs are on ‘red alert’ ahead of the weekend’s clash, with United fans suggesting they make it ‘Round Two’ in posts over social media
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According to the Daily Star, officials have already been in contact with Greater Manchester Police and local authorities to plan in the event of any protests after being caught somewhat off-guard by the last incident, which occurred on a day the match was due to be played behind closed doors.
The atmosphere could be heightened even more if United’s poor form continues into Sunday, particularly with unbeaten Liverpool on a high after beating Watford 5-0.
Pressure is quickly mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to turn things round after defeat to Leicester on Saturday led to sections of the United fanbase calling for him to be sacked.
United have registered just one win in their last five matches and welcome Atalanta to Old Trafford in a tricky Champions League tie in midweek.
Anything less than three points against the Italian outfit will only heap more pressure on Solskjaer’s shoulders.
The Glazers have for now seemingly managed to appease supporters after a spectacular summer in the transfer market which brought about the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, along with the expensive acquisitions of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.
Pledges to invest in the stadium have also curried some favour for the owners, just months on from their involvement in the failed Super League bid, which contributed heavily to sparking the protests.
United’s players were even kept camped inside the Lowry Hotel as supporters ran riot across the city, blocking their coach from making an exit.
A fire door was smashed at Old Trafford during the melee whilst fans breached Covid-19 protocols by making their way into the dressing rooms, forcing the Premier League to call off the fixture.
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Despite their disappointing run at present, United chiefs are still not considering parting company with boss Solskjaer, according to reports.
Speculation continues to link Antonio Conte with the hotseat, though former United defender Gary Neville named the ex-Chelsea boss among three managers he feels will not get the job.
Solskjaer himself is aware the team are under-performing, and conceded after the loss at Leicester: “Lately we have not been in great form, lost too many points and that is something we have to look at.
“We have to dust ourselves off. Make sure that when we come in again, freshen our minds, we’ve looked ourselves in the mirror, I’ve looked myself in the mirror, and make sure we perform.
“That is the nature of football, you have to respond to set-backs.”