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Manchester United statement: "Following discussion between the Police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture. Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest. However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations."


BREAKING NEWS: The match has been postponed. Discussions are now taking place to arrange a new date for the fixture.


It's been confirmed that supporters have now been dispersed from around the Lowry hotel area and police just need to co-ordinate safely getting the squads to the ground. There is no update on this happening at present though so the wait goes on as to whether we'll actually see some football this evening.


VIDEO: United fans protested outside Old Trafford earlier.

Video - Man Utd fans protest outside Old Trafford


The 18.30 BST kick off time that was rumoured earlier is going to be cutting it fine if there's no movement in terms of the team hotels very soon. It's simply a waiting game at the moment. It'd be interesting to see at what it would be deemed too late to continue tonight....


And still we wait for some news. There are suggestions that there remain supporters around the team hotels and therefore the two squads still haven't departed for the ground. Surely a decision about kick off needs to made imminently here.


Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville are making an interesting point about the players on Sky Sports. They are saying it's not ideal to gauge a pre-match meal, sit around for hours and get the right mindset following such a lengthy disruption. Some will no doubt want to just get on with it, but that won't be the case for everyone. They could suggest coming back the following day, but given the intensity of schedules (United visit Roma on Thursday) no one will want that.


There has been an announcement inside Old Trafford stating that the ground is now secure and people can return to their respective areas of work. Still no news on the team arrivals yet.


Some supporters are suggesting the manner of the protests wasn't the way to do it. However, others are claiming that less drastic approaches in the past have fallen on deaf ears. Fans wants the owners to hear them and whatever you think of it, delaying kick off for one of the biggest games in the season certainly gets attention.


It seems there is more optimism that this match will go ahead at some point this evening. It's being reported that the PL are determined to make it happen. Once we have confirmation of a potential kick off time, we'll post it in this live.


Large areas around Old Trafford have now been cleared by police. There are still a few hundred fans around the ground but it seems the numbers have certainly decreased.


Reports from around the ground suggest that mounted police are forcing supporters to back off to some extent. Still no news on a potential kick off time.


There is a large police presence outside Old Trafford now but there's still a large number of supporters there too. No news of the teams leaving their respective hotels to head towards the stadium either.


The thousands of Manchester United fans protesting are using the slogan "50+1, # ProtectTheLegacy." It is a rule used in German football to prevent financial superpowers from ruining the game. Basically this allows the fans, those that actually pay to watch the action, control over who is on the board.


Gary Neville is speaking passionately about the protests at Old Trafford on Sky Sports: "This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners' actions two weeks ago. There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren't protesting two or three weeks ago."


PHOTO: Supporters protest against Man United's owners inside Old Trafford.

Supporters protest against Manchester United's owners, inside English Premier League club Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England on May 2, 2021, ahead of their English Premier League fixture against Liverpool

Meanwhile referee Michael Oliver, who was denied access to the ground earlier, has now been granted entry.


Apparently there is a meeting scheduled for now (4pm) between PL officials and the two clubs. A suggestion of a 6.30pm kick off is being mooted but not set in stone.


Our social media channels fell silent from 3pm on Friday and will remain so until midnight on Monday as we join others in taking a stand against hate on social media platforms. We will therefore not be embedding social updates in this live. We are hearing rumours that ‘touch points’ will need to be cleaned at Old Trafford which could take a few hours. Will we have an evening kick off? Or could it even be postponed until another day?


It has been confirmed that there WILL be a delay to the kick off. More details from 16.00 BST.


CONFIRMED TEAMS - MAN UTD: Henderson, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford… Subs: De Gea, Bailly, Cavani, Mata, Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe. /// LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Phillips, Kabak, Fabinho, Milner, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Firmino… Subs: Adrian, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Williams.


Despite the fact the two squads are yet to arrive at Old Trafford due to the breach of security at the ground, the team sheet has been released.


Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of what should be the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. However, the pre-match countdown has descended into a bit of chaos following the disruption of protests from United supporters in response to the ESL and the club’s owners. Kick off was due for 16.30 BST, but there have been serious doubts raised as to whether the game will even go ahead at this point. We'll keep you posted as the story continues to develop.