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Man Utd players drive to Liverpool match six hours early as decoy bus fools protestors – Mirror Online

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Manchester United are going to great lengths to try and avoid a repeat of the unsavoury scenes which saw their previously scheduled clash against Liverpool postponed due to fan protests.

It was a week last Sunday when the fixture at Old Trafford was called off after a number of United supporters broke into the stadium and onto the pitch after thousands had come down to demonstrate against the club’s owners the Glazers.

Staff at United are hopeful the game will go ahead this time without issue, but are taking nothing to chance as they even carried out decoy bus runs on Thursday in an attempt to fool and would-be protestors.

United’s players normally meet at the Lowry Hotel ahead of home games, but many were seen driving their own cars into Old Trafford SIX hours early.

Edinson Cavani arrives at Old Trafford six hours before kick-off

Edinson Cavani arrives at Old Trafford six hours before kick-off
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As reports the MEN, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, and Juan Mata were among the stars spotted arriving at the ground way ahead of kick-off.

The club then sent two official Man Utd buses to the Lowry to make it seem as if they would be following their usual matchday protocol.

Fans had gathered outside of the Lowry at the same time that Old Trafford’s security was being breached prior to the original clash vs Liverpool.

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United's players were asked to get to the stadium prior to 1pm to avoid any protestors

United’s players were asked to get to the stadium prior to 1pm to avoid any protestors
(Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also issued a plea to the club’s fanbase to not get in the way of the fixture going ahead, as United prepare for their fourth fixture in eight days.

“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,” Solskjaer said. “We want to listen. The players want to play the game.

“We play Liverpool. 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.”

In-form striker Mason Greenwood is expected to start his fourth fixture in a row

In-form striker Mason Greenwood is expected to start his fourth fixture in a row
(Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

The match could have huge ramifications for the top four race if Liverpool do not go back to Merseyside with at least a point.

Ideally Jurgen Klopp’s men will pick up all three to keep their chances of Champions League qualification in their hands.

But Solskjaer opted to rest his key men for the defeat to Leicester on Tuesday, and is expected to go full strength against United’s rivals as they bid to cement their runners-up spot.

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