Manchester United are bringing police to the airport to fly to Rome fearing disruptive fan protests ahead of the Europa League semi-finals after chaotic scenes postponed the Liverpool clash
- Manchester United will fly to Rome for the Europa League semi-finals
- There were fears that protesters were planning to prevent them from getting in
- As a result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s site received a police escort to the airport
Manchester United received a police escort to the airport on Wednesday afternoon for fear of leading further fan protests against the team.
United are expected to travel to Rome to face Roma in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals. However, some fans might try to prevent the team from getting on their plane.
As a result, a tactical support unit was deployed to ensure the team’s trainer reached the airport without any problems.
The Manchester United team bus received a police escort to Manchester Airport on Wednesday
Paul Pogba points his thumb at one of the security details that supported their trip
Angry scenes ensued on Sunday as United fans broke into Old Trafford and stormed the pitch in protest against the club’s owners – the Glazer family.
Six police officers were injured during the demonstration and supporters urged the owners to sell themselves after they decided to make the club a founding member of the unfortunate European Super League.
The violent scenes that resulted in the Liverpool game being canceled were condemned by Solskjaer on Wednesday as he spoke ahead of the clash in Italy.
“It was a difficult day for us,” he told reporters. “Of course we wanted to play and beat Liverpool.
There was a heavy police presence outside the airport United was scheduled to depart from
On the way to the airport police vehicles could be seen following the team coach
Nemanja Matic (L) and Marcus Rashford were among the United States that flew to Italy
Edinson Cavani walks past an airport worker with his luggage before United flies to Rome
“We have to listen and hear the voice of the fans. Everyone has the right to protest, but it has to be civilized.
“If you break in and policemen get injured, unfortunately that’s a step too far. When it gets out of hand like this, it’s a police matter, not a matter of showing opinions.
“The right to protest peacefully, everyone has a human right to be heard, but stepping out of line and breaking into dressing rooms is a step too far when it becomes a police matter.”
As it was, there was no sign of anger on Wednesday as Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani arrived at the airport with minimal fuss.
Solskjaer’s side are 6-2 in the first leg after a dominant performance in the second half at Old Trafford last Thursday.
If they win and reach the final, fans are expected to be admitted to the flagship project in Gdansk, where they will face either Villarreal or Arsenal.
Hundreds of fans broke security on Sunday and ended up at Old Trafford to run on the pitch