On Thursday, followers have been as soon as once more outside Manchester United’s stadium protesting the Glazer household possession with flares and chants.
United’s gamers arrived on the stadium over seven hours earlier than the beginning of the sport as a substitute of their traditional routine of staying at a lodge, selecting as a substitute to have their meal and relaxation inside the bottom.
In the tip, Liverpool gained an important win in its hunt for Champions League soccer, beating United 4-2 thanks partly to a double from Roberto Firmino.
But United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated the disruption to his crew’s preparations attributable to fan protests was to not blame for his facet’s poor efficiency within the defeat.
“Of course, it disrupted us a little bit so it’s not been ideal but we had to deal with it.”
Making their voice heard
In the wake of the unpopular European Super League (ESL) — a multibillion-dollar competitors consisting of 12 of the largest groups in European soccer, through which six of England’s high golf equipment signed up, together with Manchester United — United followers’ discontent with the Glazers has intensified.
Although the ESL fell aside lower than 48 hours after it was first introduced, the dearth of fan session galvanized many supporters — not simply at United — who’re intent on wresting again some semblance of management of their golf equipment.
The six founding Premier League members finally withdrew from the ESL, starting with Chelsea and Manchester City, following widespread criticism by followers, the media, politicians and even royalty.
The disconnect between the supporters and United’s US house owners led to large protests — which typically turned ugly — outside Old Trafford 10 days in the past, with police estimating over 1,000 protesters who invaded the pitch forward of the match in opposition to Liverpool.
Some 200 folks additionally congregated outside The Lowry Hotel in Salford the place the United gamers have been staying forward of the match.
The sport was finally rescheduled to Thursday and the followers as soon as once more turned as much as voice their opposition to the Glazers.
The United crew’s early arrival on the stadium combated any journey points it would’ve confronted, however meant gamers needed to have their pre-match meals within the stadium relatively than at a lodge as is commonplace.
An official Liverpool bus was additionally blocked on a road by protestors’ vehicles within the Manchester metropolis middle. Liverpool gamers and employees finally all managed to reach over an hour earlier than kickoff.
As effectively as confirming the 2 arrests, Greater Manchester Police stated they have been conscious of a “small number of people seemingly intent on disrupting the fixture.”
“The safety of all those concerned remains GMP’s main priority. We encourage everyone to remember we are still living under restrictions due to the pandemic and have a collective responsibility to remain safe and protect one another.
“Enforcement stays our final resort, however anybody whose habits crosses the boundary right into a felony offense ought to anticipate to be prosecuted.”
Despite the protests, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his team were not disrupted by the demonstrations.
“Our ride to the stadium was completely fine, the police did an incredible job. I am not sure if, for us, they were needed, but they were there and so we didn’t recognize any trouble or whatever. We just heard about it, that there was something, but it didn’t disturb us or our preparation or whatever.”
When the sport did get underway, the hosts got here out of the blocks quickest, with Bruno Fernandes’ deflected effort giving them the lead.
But Liverpool stormed again and, after having a penalty overturned by the video assistant referee, scored 3 times with out reply, the primary coming from Diogo Jota earlier than Firmino’s double.
Marcus Rashford ensured a nervy end was on the playing cards along with his scuffed purpose however Mohamed Salah’s breakaway purpose within the dying moments wrapped up an important victory for Liverpool in its hunt for a high 4 spot within the Premier League and a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League.
The win takes Liverpool fifth within the Premier League that means, if it wins at West Brom on Sunday, it would near inside one and three factors respectively of FA Cup finalists Chelsea and Leicester, who nonetheless need to play one another.