Manchester United chiefs are taking every possible step to make sure tonight’s match against Liverpool goes ahead.
The rescheduled fixture should have been played at the start of May but a protest against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club descended into chaos as 200 fans found their way onto the Old Trafford pitch.
Liverpool and United agreed that match should not go ahead, with both sets of players stayed in their respective hotels.
Should tonight’s game also be called off, United could be docked points and face a hefty fine, as well as forfeiting the match.
Amid fears that protestors were planning another demonstration, United’s matchday organisers have gone to extreme lengths to ensure the match goes ahead.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils sent two empty team coaches to United’s usual matchday hotel to throw off protestors.
Players and staff normally would convene at the Lowry Hotel before home games, but players drove themselves to Old Trafford this afternoon.
In his press conference, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addressed the possibility of another protest.
He said: “Security measures are being looked at, of course, and I hope that we can keep the protests – if there are protests – down to loud voices, nothing violent.
“We want to listen. The players want to play the game.
“We play Liverpool,” he added. “Of course we want to beat Liverpool… So, we’re going to do everything we can for our fans to celebrate what we’re doing on the pitch.”
The match is the third in six days for United, who will want to bounce back after their defeat against Leicester on Tuesday handed neighbours Manchester City the title.
Having rested almost every first-choice player against the Foxes, Solskjaer is expected to deploy a full-strength side against their archrivals.
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