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Man Utd fear Glazer protest will affect Liverpool game – including team coaches

Manchester United are worried that anti-Glazer protests planned for Sunday could affect the match with Liverpool.

Around 10,000 supporters are expected to march on Old Trafford in the wake of the European Super League scandal.

United attempted to join the breakaway competition but were forced to withdraw following opposition from supporters.

Security has been beefed up, but there are fears some fans may try and get their point across by blocking team coaches en route to the ground in an attempt to get the game delayed or postponed.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended the fans’ rights to protest but has urged them to keep it “peaceful.”

“It's important that the fans' views are listened to and we communicate better,” Solskjaer said. "My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.

“As I've said before I've been backed, I've had great support from the club and the owners and I'm sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.

“When the protests are on, it's important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”

Solskjaer is confident whatever happens outside Old Trafford will not have a bearing on his players on the pitch.

He added: “The players are focused on the game and nothing else. They've handled difficult situations before. Of course it was a strange week before the Leeds game, after the Super League announcement.

“But I've got to say, I'm not worried one second that our mind is not on the football when it happens.”

United fans have already disrupted Solskjaer’s plans once in the last fortnight by staging a protest outside the club’s training ground.

A group of around 20 supporters blocked the entrance to the club’s training facility at Carrington in protest at the Glazer family.

The demonstrators unfurled banners reading “Glazers Out” and “We decide when you play” – a potentially ominus message ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.

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