Manchester United players looked on with glum expressions as they were stuck inside the Lowry Hotel as fans clashed with police during protests outside.
The team were supposed to leave for Old Trafford ahead of a 4:30pm kick-off against rivals Liverpool but Sunday’s game was eventually postponed after scenes at the stadium had turned ugly.
Premier League officials and both clubs came to the conclusion with police and local authorities that the game should not go ahead after significant delays.
Fans had breached the entrances to Old Trafford and stormed onto the pitch in a demonstration against the club’s owners the Glazers.
Some supporters let off flares, including throwing one towards Sky Sports pundits up in the stands, while others grabbed match balls and corner flags.
Eventually Greater Manchester Police turned up in numbers to try and restore order, as some bottles were thrown in their direction outside the stadium.
It took two attempts for officers to secure the stadium and ensure no more fans were inside as Premier League chiefs were embroiled in frantic discussions over whether the game could go ahead.
Meanwhile United’s players were stuck inside the Lowry as fans blocked exit routes outside.
Police were forced to guard the doors of the hotel while the players were left inside, as some United stars looked on from the windows.
Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay and Lee Grant could be seen peering out with looks of disappointment on their faces.
There was some talk of the game being pushed back to Monday but that idea was soon put to bed as Liverpool headed back to Merseyside upon learning of its postponement.
An official statement from United read: “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.
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“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.”