Manchester United ‘CANCEL their pre-match meeting at The Lowry Hotel due to security fears’ as Erik ten Hag’s side prepare to face Liverpool against a backdrop of protests against the Glazers by furious fans
- Protests have been planned ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool
- A small group of fans is already said to be gathered outside the Lowry Hotel
- United have canceled their team meeting at the Lowry accordingly
- The club’s staff are reportedly expecting the protest to be ‘a big one’
Manchester United have canceled a meeting that was planned to take place ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Monday night due to security concerns.
The match is expected to be met with protests from United fans unhappy with the Glazer family’s ownership of the club.
Players were supposed to meet at the Lowry Hotel ahead of the match, but the meeting was called off around 1pm as fans were already gathering.
Manchester United’s pre-match meeting at the Lowry Hotel has been cancelled
Manchester United fans previously held a protest ahead of their clash with Liverpool in 2021
According to reports in the Manchester Evening News, the protest is expected to be a ‘big one’ by United staff.
The same fixture was postponed two seasons ago after some fans broke into Old Trafford in protest against the Glazers.
The 2021 protests saw supporters barricade them outside the Lowry while chanting ‘we decide when you play.’
Calls for action have been rising again in recent days following a disappointing transfer window and a 4-0 loss to Brentford in United’s last game.
A similar protest against the Glazer family is planned in the build up for tonight’s game
Groups such as the 1958 and the Manchester United Supporters Trust have asked fans to join them in calls for a change of ownership, which have been buoyed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s interest in buying the club.
Speaking ahead of the game, United boss Erik ten Haag called on fans to stand with the club. He said: ‘I can only say the owners want to win and we want the fans behind the club.
‘I can understand sometimes, but I am not that long in the club to see all the background. We have to fight together and be unified.
‘We work from game to game, and obviously we know what’s going on when we play Liverpool. You have to be ready and to fight yourself into the season.’
Anger from fans has grown after United’s 4-0 loss to Brentford last week
His opposite number was more concerned about the on-field consequences of protests. On the prospect of the game being called off, Jurgen Klopp said: ‘I really hope it won’t happen but if it does happen I think we get the points.’
‘We have nothing to do with the situation and if the supporters want the game not happening, then we cannot just rearrange the game again and fit it in somewhere in an incredibly busy season.
‘People tell us we are fine, we go there and play the game hopefully and go home. But in a situation like this, always the other team should get the points because they have nothing to do with it and they have prepared for it.’