December 5, 2022

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Manchester United get police escort to the airport to fly to Rome

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Manchester United were given a police escort to the airport on Wednesday afternoon over fears of further fan protests directed at the team.

United are due to travel to Rome to face Roma in the second-leg of their Europa League semi-final, but there were suggestions some supporters may attempt to stop the team from boarding their plane. 

As a result, a tactical aid unit was deployed to ensure the team’s coach reached the airport without any problems. 

Manchester United’s team bus was given a police escort to Manchester airport on Wednesday

Paul Pogba gives his thumbs up to one of the security detail that aided their journey

It follows angry scenes 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, with supporters calling for the owners to sell up following their decision to make the club a founding member of the ill-fated European Super League. 

The violent scenes, which caused the match with Liverpool to be called off, were condemned by Solskjaer on Wednesday, when 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 strong police presence outside the airport, where United were set to depart from 

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Police vehicles could be seen following the team coach as it made its way to the airport

Police vehicles could be seen following the team coach as it made its way to the airport

Police vehicles could be seen following the team coach as it made its way to the airport

Nemanja Matic at the airport

Nemanja Matic at the airport

Marcus Rashford at the airport

Marcus Rashford at the airport

Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford were among the United contingent to fly out to Italy 

Edinson Cavani walks past an airport worker with his luggage ahead of United's flight to Rome

Edinson Cavani walks past an airport worker with his luggage ahead of United's flight to Rome

Edinson Cavani walks past an airport worker with his luggage ahead of United’s flight to Rome

‘We have to listen and hear the fans’ voice. Everyone’s right to protest but it has to be in civilised manner.

‘Unfortunately when you break in and police officers get injured that’s one step too far. When it gets out of hand like this it’s a police matter, not about showing opinions anymore.

‘The right to protest peacefully, everyone has a human right to be heard, but when you step out of line and break in dressing rooms, that’s one step too far when it becomes a police matter.’

As it was, there were no signs of trouble on Wednesday, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani arriving at the airport with minimal fuss. 

Solskjaer’s side are 6-2 up from the first-leg after a dominant second-half display at Old Trafford last Thursday. 

If they win through to the final, fans are expected to be permitted for the showpiece in Gdansk, where they will face either Villarreal or Arsenal. 

Hundreds of fans breached security on Sunday and got inside Old Trafford to run on the pitch

Hundreds of fans breached security on Sunday and got inside Old Trafford to run on the pitch

Hundreds of fans breached security on Sunday and got inside Old Trafford to run on the pitch 

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