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Newcastle vs Manchester City LIVE: Pep Guardiola’s men in first action since being confirmed as Premier League Champions as Magpies look to spoil the party

  • Newly-crowned Champions Manchester City face Newcastle on Friday 8pm GMT
  • Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Murphy, Krafth, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey (c), Willock, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton 
  • Man City XI: Carson, Walker, Garcia, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling (c), Jesus 
  • It is City’s first action since fifth Premier League title was secured this week
  • Magpies will hope to spoil the party and surpass the 40-point mark themselves
  • Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

The newly-crowned Premier League Champions will be in action for the first time since their title was confirmed when Manchester City travel to face Newcastle.

After an exceptional season which has seen them spend much of the season comfortably at the top, Pep Guardiola’s third title as City manager was finally confirmed on Tuesday when Manchester United were beaten.

They will hope to celebrate the title win with their 26th victory of the season at St James Park, but the Magpies stand in their way who will be hoping to surpass the 40-point mark tonight.

Follow Sportsmail’s CIAN CHEESBROUGH for live EPL coverage of Newcastle vs Manchester City, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

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Jurgen Klopp reveals he’ll hold talks with Sadio Mane after winger snubbed his handshake

Jurgen Klopp reveals he’ll hold talks with Sadio Mane after winger snubbed his handshake in a strop at Old Trafford… but Liverpool boss insists ‘everything will be fine’ after their ’emotional’ spat

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he will hold talks with Sadio Mane after the clearly-irritated Liverpool forward snubbed a handshake from his manager following his side’s victory against Manchester United.  

Mane, who was named on the bench for the fixture, refused to respond to Klopp’s approach after the final whistle at Old Trafford and was even caught on the television cameras walking towards the tunnel whilst shaking his head.

Boss Klopp waved away the surprise snub in his post-match press duties, however, and has again played down the relevance of the incident ahead of Liverpool’s next game against West Brom.

Jurgen Klopp has looked to move on from the handshake snub from Liverpool star Sadio Mane

Forward Mane (L) was seen snubbing boss Klopp's (R) request for a handshake at Old Trafford

Forward Mane (L) was seen snubbing boss Klopp’s (R) request for a handshake at Old Trafford

‘I cannot make a bigger story of it,’ Klopp told reporters at his press conference. 

‘Football is an emotional game and people expect that we control our emotions always but it doesn’t work out that way. We will talk about it and everything will be fine.’

It is customary for Klopp to shake hands or bump fists with every player after matches and his treatment was no different in the minutes that followed a crucial three points which keeps Liverpool in the top four hunt.

Mane was introduced as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford but cut a frustrated figure

Mane was introduced as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford but cut a frustrated figure

Klopp revealed afterwards that the reaction from Mane may have been down to a late decision to start Diogo Jota ahead of the forward. 

And when it was put to him that similar treatment in other professions may well result in disciplinary action, Klopp was quick to highlight the glowing respect Mane has demonstrated for much of his Anfield career.  

‘If somebody shows me five million times respect and one time not, what is more important?’ Klopp responded. ‘I hope for you that your boss, if you one time don’t show him respect, doesn’t forget the other stuff.’

He went on to add: ‘I can already see the headlines, but it is not about that. I am completely relaxed. 

Klopp had congratulated his players in his usual manner before the frosty moment with Mane

Klopp had congratulated his players in his usual manner before the frosty moment with Mane

He went on to add: ‘I can already see the headlines, but it is not about that. I am completely relaxed. 

‘I am a completely normal guy. We will talk about it, and then everything will be fine.’

Irked Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, a former Liverpool manager, believes that Mane’s frustration showed disrespect to both Klopp and the club overall.

‘It’s disrespectful,’ Souness said. ‘It’s never happened to me but if I were the manager, I would not be happy. 

‘I think he should have shaken his hand, he didn’t want to cuddle, but you should show a bit of respect. It’s most importantly disrespectful to the football club.

‘Yeah, he’s not happy at being left out, but can he really argue? He’s not had a great season.

‘How can he argue with the fact he’s been a sub and Liverpool have won 4-2 at Old Trafford, which is not a happy hunting ground for them?’

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Manchester United ‘are set to make £40m bid for Raphael Varane this summer’ 

Manchester United ‘are set to make £40m bid for Raphael Varane this summer’, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intent on partnering the Real Madrid defender with captain Harry Maguire

  • World Cup-winning defender Varane, 28, is understood to want a new challenge 
  • United have struggled defensively in Maguire’s absence due to an ankle injury 
  • The Red Devils were defensively shoddy in a 4-2 home defeat against Liverpool 

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a £40million bid for Real Madrid centre back Raphael Varane this summer.

United are on track to finish second in the Premier League but their defence has been shaky, with more goals conceded than 17th-placed Brighton. 

According to the Mirror, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on signing the Frenchman to play alongside captain Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence.

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a £40million bid for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane

Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to want him to partner Harry Maguire (left)

Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to want him to partner Harry Maguire (left)

Varane, 28, only has a year left on his contract and United believe they can secure his signature for around £40m.

The 73-cap international has spent a decade with the Spanish giants, making 359 appearances in all competitions, winning 18 trophies in that time.

He has won three La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and the 2018 World Cup, and would bring pace, poise and winning experience to the side.

Victor Lindelof (left) and Eric Bailly (right) failed to impress in a 4-2 home loss against Liverpool

Victor Lindelof (left) and Eric Bailly (right) failed to impress in a 4-2 home loss against Liverpool

The Red Devils have tried to sign him before in previous transfer windows, but could get a deal over the line this summer, with Varane understood to want a new challenge.

United have struggled in the absence of the previously ever-present Maguire, who has missed the last two matches with an ankle injury, and the side conceding six goals in that time, including a 4-2 loss against Liverpool at Old Trafford. 

Eric Bailly, who signed a new contract until 2024 last month, and Victor Lindelof have failed to consistently impress and Varane could be the answer.

Up next United host Fulham on Tuesday before travelling to Wolves in the last Premier League game of the season on Sunday, and Solskjaer urged his defenders to step up with Maguire touch-and-go for the Europa League final on May 26.

He said: ‘Harry has been amazing since he came to the club. He’s been more or less ever-present, so of course, when a player is a leader, a captain, the status of him, his presence is missed.

‘But then we have players who can come in and it’s a chance for everyone to take on that little bit of leadership. We need to do that when he’s gone. You can hear him in the stands when he’s not playing. Someone else has to take that responsibility now.’

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Premier League: West Ham star Jesse Lingard is named player of the month for April

Jesse Lingard is named Premier League Player of the Month for April after his dazzling displays for West Ham with the on-loan Man United star netting four times in four games

  • Jesse Lingard has been awarded Premier League player of the month for April 
  • The West Ham midfielder scored four goals in four games in a superb spell 
  • Lingard is on loan from Man United after falling out of favour at Old Trafford
  • The 28-year-old’s return to form has given him hope of a Euro spot with England 

Jesse Lingard’s sensational form for West Ham has been rewarded after the on-loan Man United star was named Premier League’s Player of the Month for April.

The 28-year-old has resurrected his faltering career at the London Stadium with some superb performances under David Moyes since joining in the Janury transfer window, and a special month in April saw him net four times in four games. 

It marks a complete turnaround for the England international, who had played just three games in all competition for United before being shipped off to east London – and now looks a shoo-in for Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad after his string of inspiring displays.

West Ham’s Jesse Lingard has been named the Premier League’s player of the month for April

The on-loan Manchester United midfielder was rewarded after netting four in four games

The on-loan Manchester United midfielder was rewarded after netting four in four games

The Premier League announced Lingard’s award on Twitter, writing: ‘Doing the business in Claret and Blue. @jesselingard is your @EASportsFIFA Player of the Month for April.’

Last month’s prize was given to Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho after his electric form and stunning run of goals as he netted five times in just three outings.

But April belonged to Lingard – who was already earning plenty of admirers with his creative force in the middle of a rejuvenated Hammers side.

Lingard, who has bagged nine goals in 13 games for the London outfit, started off his run with a goal and an assist in West Ham’s 3-2 away win at Wolves on April 5.

His run began wtih a goal and an assist in West Ham's 3-2 win against Wolves on April 5

His run began wtih a goal and an assist in West Ham’s 3-2 win against Wolves on April 5

His strike at Molineux was the pick of the bunch as he drove forwards from the half way line

His strike at Molineux was the pick of the bunch as he drove forwards from the half way line

The pick of the bunch arguably arrived at Molineux as he drove fowards with the ball and feinted to pass to Michail Antonio before barging his way past two Wolves players and slotting home. 

In the following game he backed that up with a brace on April 11 as his crucial presence secured another 3-2 victory over high-flying Leicester.

And despite a below-par display against Newcastle on April 17, this time in a 3-2 defeat, he managed to haul his side level from the spot after going 2-0 down, before the Magpies pulled off a last-minute winner.  

The 28-year-old also netted a brilliant brace against high-flying Leicester the following game

The 28-year-old also netted a brilliant brace against high-flying Leicester the following game

He netted from the spot in a sub-par display as David Moyes' side lost 3-2 to Newcastle

He netted from the spot in a sub-par display as David Moyes’ side lost 3-2 to Newcastle

Sportsmail reported this week that West Ham are keen to sign Lingard permanently but could miss out on his signature due to the midfielder’s salary demands. 

With West Ham recording losses of £65million last season due to the pandemic, the club are unable to commit to the player’s demands for a four-year contract worth in excess of £100,000-a-week. 

Lingard has one final year on his deal at Old Trafford and could return to his boyhood club to fulfil it. One United player who would be delighted to see him back at the club is Bruno Fernandes, who hailed him as ‘the best player in the Premier League’ in the last ten games.

West Ham are keen to keep hold of Lingard but may struggle to afford his £100k a week salary

West Ham are keen to keep hold of Lingard but may struggle to afford his £100k a week salary

‘If you see Jesse, I think Jesse, at the moment, if you watch the last 10 games, has been top, top, top level,’ he told MUTV.

‘For me, if you watch the last 10 games, he’s been the best player in the Premier League, scoring and assists in every game.

‘Everyone here is really, really happy for him. He has confidence back, he has his swag back, because he is feeling confident. We are really, really happy for what he’s doing.’ 

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Roy Keane tears into Manchester United in astonishing rant after Red Devils’ defeat by Liverpool

Roy Keane pulled no punches as the Manchester United legend gave a scathing review of his former side’s performance against Liverpool on Thursday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side inflicted a second defeat on the Red Devils in three days at Old Trafford, with Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah getting on the scoresheet to down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 4-2. 

United have secured Champions League football for next season, but their last two results will be of concern to Solskjaer who is looking to build momentum ahead of the Europa League final against Villarreal.

Roy Keane has blasted Manchester United in an astonishing rant after defeat by Liverpool

United suffered back-to-back defeats in the space of days after losing 4-2 to Liverpool

United suffered back-to-back defeats in the space of days after losing 4-2 to Liverpool

And outspoken pundit Keane has laid into his former side, picking out Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson for criticism following their defeat on Thursday.

‘United were all over the place, really poor performance from them, poor mentality,’ Keane said of his old side’s performance on Sky Sports. ‘Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] looks a bit shell-shocked there. I’t’s been a tough few days.’ 

‘The performance tonight was nowhere near good enough. All United’s shortcomings have been shown up in the last couple of days. 

‘Tonight just not enough quality, giving such bad goals away but the other worry, Liverpool could have scored six or seven.

Keane said his former side were 'nowhere near good enough' in a scathing rebuke on Sky

Keane said his former side were ‘nowhere near good enough’ in a scathing rebuke on Sky

The Irishman is certain that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are way off toppling Manchester City

The Irishman is certain that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are way off toppling Manchester City

‘We have praised United the last few months but this squad is so short of competing with Man City to win the title, all their shortcomings have been shown up the last few days.

‘I think Man City are so far ahead of this United squad it is scary. Ole will think they need three or four big players to come in at least.’ 

While Fernandes found the net once again, opening the scoring after his strike took a wicked deflection off Nat Phillips, Keane was not impressed with the Portuguese’s antics.

‘I don’t want to be critical to Fernandes but he spent half the night crying on the pitch,’ Keane said when analysing Liverpool’s second goal. ‘United players were looking for Liverpool to kick the ball out of play but you only stop with a head injury.

Keane criticised Bruno Fernandes for spending 'half the night crying on the pitch' on Thursday

Keane criticised Bruno Fernandes for spending ‘half the night crying on the pitch’ on Thursday

Scott McTominay was described as 'honest' by Keane

The former United captain voiced his unhappiness with Solskjaer's 'perseverance' with Fred

Scott McTominay and Fred are not a title-winning midfield duo, according to the Irishman

‘I look at the two midfielders, [Scott] McTominay is a good honest player, they have got Fred. As long as those two players are playing in midfield for Manchester United they will not be winning any big trophies. 

‘Okay they are in the Europa league final but they are only in that final because they came up short in the Champions League. Let’s not be kidded on by that either. 

‘The last few days, I can’t believe how short Man United are. They are chasing the game, they need a goal and they bring [Nemanja] Matic on and not Donny van de Beek.’

Firmino’s second goal of the night – Liverpool’s third – showcased the defensive frailties that have undone Solskjaer on occasion during his tenure in the dugout. Keane blasted ‘lazy’ Fred and Shaw’s ‘schoolboy’ defending in the build up.

Keane also described Shaw's defending for Liverpool's third goal as 'schoolboy' on Thursday

Keane also described Shaw’s defending for Liverpool’s third goal as ‘schoolboy’ on Thursday

‘I know Ole perseveres with Fred, I can’t see it. How they think Fred can get Man United back to winning titles is beyond me. 

‘I know he dragged him off but even there it’s just sloppy, it’s lazy. He has made a mistake he is hoping one of his mates gets him out of trouble. 

‘Shaw, schoolboy stuff and Liverpool on the front foot and the goalkeeper who didn’t look great tonight either. Mistake after mistake. Poor from united. Maguire is a loss but these are schoolboy errors, Fred is under no pressure there, Shaw is an experienced international player and we have been building the goalkeeper up.’

Keane also singled out goalkeeper Dean Henderson for criticism. The academy talent has come in for David de Gea in recent weeks, with Solskjaer appearing to favour the Englishman over the long-term No 1. 

The Irishman expressed concern over Dean Henderson's stature in goal for Man United

The Irishman expressed concern over Dean Henderson’s stature in goal for Man United

But Keane expressed concerns that Henderson ‘looks tiny’ between the sticks. 

‘He looked so small in the goal,’ Keane added. ‘That is my worry for Henderson, good mentality, good temperament, good with his feet, but I have seen a few goals go in recently where he looked so small in the goal and he looked tiny there for the fourth goal. 

‘He needs to be given a run of games but tonight he might think it’s not my best night but you’ve got to give him a run of games. They cant go back to De Gea, I don’t think he is the answer either. My worry is his presence, he looks so small which is a big concern going forward.’ 

United played tonight’s game amid a backdrop of supporter unrest with billionaire owners the Glazer family, with fans gathering outside Old Trafford to voice their disapproval of the Americans.

Solskjaer’s side welcome fans back to their home ground on Tuesday against Fulham, then face Wolves in the last league game of the season before their final against Villarreal. 

Dean Henderson lacks ‘presence’ and ‘looks so small in goal’, says Roy Keane

Roy Keane claims Dean Henderson lacks ‘presence’ and ‘looks so small’ in goal as the Manchester United star’s positioning for Mohamed Salah’s goal in Liverpool defeat is criticised… and fans insist he should be ‘nowhere near the Europa League final team’

  •  Roy Keane has given a scathing assessment of Dean Henderson’s goalkeeping
  • Henderson was beaten four times on Thursday as Liverpool won at Old Trafford
  • He attracted criticism for his positioning as Mohamed Salah raced away to score
  • United fans believe David de Gea should be reinstated for the end of the season 

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has delivered a scathing assessment of Dean Henderson’s goalkeeping against Liverpool, insisting he lacks ‘presence’ and ‘looks so small’ between the posts.

Henderson was beaten four times on Thursday night as Liverpool picked up a massive three points at Old Trafford with a 4-2 win that has re-ignited their Champions League hopes.

The 24-year-old stopper has been United’s No 1 in the Premier League ever since David de Gea took personal leave to be with his pop star partner Edurne Garcia as she prepared to give birth to their daughter back in March.

Man United legend Roy Keane believes Dean Henderson lacks ‘presence’ and ‘looks so small’

Keane delivered a scathing assessment of Henderson's goalkeeping display against Liverpool

Keane delivered a scathing assessment of Henderson’s goalkeeping display against Liverpool

But Henderson attracted criticism for his performance against United’s bitter rivals, particularly for his positioning as Mohamed Salah raced away to score the fourth and final goal late on.

The Egyptian ran from inside his own half as United pushed for an equaliser but Henderson failed to rush out to meet him and then offered up the far corner for Salah to slot home with a customary left-footed finish.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane was less than impressed with Henderson’s performance and believes he looks ‘so small in the goals’ at times.

The former United captain said: ‘He looks so small in the goals, that’s my worry [over] Henderson.

‘He has a good mentality, good temperament and is good with his feet, but I’ve seen a few goals go in recently where he looks so small in the goals. 

‘Tonight he may look at it and go “it’s not my best night”, but he needs a run of games.

‘They can’t go back to De Gea, I don’t think that’s the final answer either.

Henderson attracted criticism for his positioning as Mo Salah raced away to score the fourth

Henderson attracted criticism for his positioning as Mo Salah raced away to score the fourth

There was nothing Henderson could do to keep out Diogo Jota's brilliant flick that made it 1-1

There was nothing Henderson could do to keep out Diogo Jota’s brilliant flick that made it 1-1

‘He [Henderson] is going to make mistakes of course, but my worry is his presence. He looks so small, which is a big concern going forward.’ 

United fans were also critical on social media, with one insisting Henderson ‘shouldn’t be anywhere near the line up for the Europa League final’.

@BenTheMan tweeted: ‘And people really think Dean Henderson should start ahead of Pope in the Euros for England? Give your head a wobble’.

@The_Giant wrote: ‘I know there are a lot of people who love Dean Henderson, but David de Gea saves at least two of those goals, maybe even the first one too. He just has something extra that Henderson doesn’t’. 

Keane also pulled no punches during a brutal review of United’s performance as a whole against Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino bagged a brace and Diogo Jota and Salah also both got onto the scoresheet in what was a superb turnaround for Liverpool after Bruno Fernandes gave United the lead.  

United have secured Champions League football for next season, but their last two results will be of concern to Solskjaer who is looking to build momentum ahead of the Europa League final against Villarreal. 

And outspoken pundit Keane laid into his former side, claiming all of their ‘shortcomings have been shown up in the last couple of days’. 

‘United were all over the place, really poor performance from them, poor mentality,’ he added.

‘Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] looks a bit shell-shocked there. It’s been a tough few days.

‘The performance tonight was nowhere near good enough. All United’s shortcomings have been shown up in the last couple of days. 

‘Tonight just not enough quality, giving such bad goals away but the other worry, Liverpool could have scored six or seven. 

‘We have praised United the last few months but this squad is so short of competing with Man City to win the title.

‘I think Man City are so far ahead of this United squad it is scary. Ole will think they need three or four big players to come in at least.’ 

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Sky pundits come to blows over decision to overturn Liverpool penalty

Sky pundits come to blows over decision to overturn Liverpool penalty as Graeme Souness insists Eric Bailly DID foul Nat Phillips… but Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp say Anthony Taylor was right to overturn his initial decision and rule spot-kick out

  • Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness came to blows over a penalty decision 
  • Liverpool had a spot kick overturned after Eric Bailly collided with Nat Phillips 
  • The Ivorian appeared to make contact with the ball before fouling the defender
  • Souness and Roy Keane judged that Liverpool ought to have had the spot kick
  • Redknapp insisted that the VAR decision was correct on Thursday evening 

Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp were torn over Liverpool’s overturned penalty against Manchester United, with the Sky Sports pundits coming to blows over the decision at Old Trafford.

Anthony Taylor awarded Jurgen Klopp’s side the spot kick in the first half after Eric Bailly appeared to make contact with defender Nat Phillips in his own penalty area.

However, the referee was advised to consult the pitchside monitor, with the Ivorian appearing to make contact with the ball before clattering into the Liverpool player. 

Redknapp insisted that Anthony Taylor was correct to overturn his decision

Graeme Souness (L) and Jamie Redknapp (R) clashed over Liverpool’s overturned penalty

Taylor subsequently overturned the decision before Liverpool struck twice before the break to take a crucial lead into the interval at Old Trafford.

And Sky Sports pundits Souness and Redknapp were divided over the penalty decision, with Keane concurring with the Scotsman that United were fortunate to see the decision overturned. 

‘I thought it was a penalty,’ Souness insisted. ‘When we all played the rule was you got the ball first and that meant it wasn’t a penalty. 

‘But now you can get the ball first and they talk about momentum carrying you forward and endangering the opposition. 

Eric Bailly appeared to foul Nat Phillips, leading to Anthony Taylor awarding the penalty

Eric Bailly appeared to foul Nat Phillips, leading to Anthony Taylor awarding the penalty

However, VAR advised Taylor to review the decision and he overturned the spot kick call

However, VAR advised Taylor to review the decision and he overturned the spot kick call

‘I think it qualifies in both the rules and for me it is a penalty in the modern game.’

‘No penalty, Graeme Souness has gone soft,’ Redknapp responded. 

‘I don’t think it is a penalty. He gets the ball. When you clear the ball there’s always going to be some kind of connection with a player, we have seen it before…’

‘They give a foul for that today,’ Souness interjected.

Redknapp countered: ‘But there has been a couple that have been rescinded as well lately, Balbuena happened.’ To which Souness responded: ‘And a lot more have been given.’

Souness insisted that the incident was a penalty in the modern game, but Redknapp disagreed

Souness insisted that the incident was a penalty in the modern game, but Redknapp disagreed

Former United captain Roy Keane sided with Souness and felt the incident was a penalty

Former United captain Roy Keane sided with Souness and felt the incident was a penalty

Redknapp adamantly responded: ‘I don’t think that is a penalty, he clears the ball Graeme. And there is a slight collision…

‘And that’s the bit that makes it a penalty,’ the Scot quipped.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane intervened, and took the side of Souness.

‘I think it is a penalty. Okay he gets the ball but what happens afterwards,’ the Irishman said.

Liverpool did not allow the overturned decision to affect their game, however, as Diogo Jota levelled the scores before Roberto Firmino strikes either side of the break gave Klopp’s side a healthy lead. 

Marcus Rashford struck with 20 minutes remaining to keep the game alive for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. 

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Manchester United fans protest against the Glazers again before Liverpool game

Tensions threatened to boil over again outside Old Trafford after Manchester United fans gathered once more to protest the Glazer ownership ahead of their rescheduled match with Liverpool.  

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Old Trafford after their May 2 clash was postponed after fans broke into Old Trafford and invaded the pitch before kick-off.

United have bolstered security presence ahead of tonight’s fixture, due to kick off at 8.15pm BST, with dozens of security staff and Greater Manchester Police officers seen preparing additional barriers outside Old Trafford.

Supporters have flocked to United’s ground in their masses to voice their grumblings with the club’s American billionaire owners, letting off yellow and green flares while displaying anti-Glazer banners. 

Tensions threatened to boil over at Old Trafford as Man United fans gathered in protest again

Anti-Glazer protesters have congregated to voice their grumblings over the Glazer ownership

Anti-Glazer protesters have congregated to voice their grumblings over the Glazer ownership

United fans are desperate for their billionaire owners to sell up after years of steady decline 

United’s pre-match preparations have been altered in anticipation of further protests

United have bolstered police and security presence as a result of the chaos earlier this month

United have bolstered police and security presence as a result of the chaos earlier this month

There had been concerns over a delay to tonight’s kick off after images circulating on social media showed a vehicle believed to be an official Liverpool bus blocked off in a side street in Manchester.

The Athletic reporter Daniel Taylor said that the tyres of the bus had been slashed and police were swiftly on the scene to ensure that the vehicle could move on.

However, Klopp’s squad appear to not have been on that bus, with his side seen arriving at Old Trafford in a black coach at roughly 7pm, an hour and 15 minutes before kick off. 

Ahead of the rearranged date tonight, security staff took every precaution in formulating a plan well in advance to prevent a repeat protest from fans. 

A Liverpool bus was reportedly blocked and had its tyres let down ahead of United game

A Liverpool bus was reportedly blocked and had its tyres let down ahead of United game

Images on social media showed an official bus blocked off in a side street in Manchester

Images on social media showed an official bus blocked off in a side street in Manchester

Police swiftly set about getting the bus moving in a bid to avoid a repeat of the chaos on May 2

Police swiftly set about getting the bus moving in a bid to avoid a repeat of the chaos on May 2 

United stars also altered their normal routine as they drove themselves into Old Trafford in the early afternoon to beat fans to the stadium, having found themselves barricaded in the Lowry Hotel when chaos dominated the build-up to the original meeting. 

‘Nothing different for us, the most important thing for us now is to focus on the game,’ United star Bruno Fernandes told Sky Sports from inside Old Trafford. 

Thursday’s protests are understood to be ‘calm and peaceful’, according to Sky Sports, with large swathes of fans gathering in their masses to let off yellow and green flares while displaying anti-Glazer banners. 

Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that United mounted a top-secret operation to stop anti-Glazer protesters from disrupting their plans for Thursday’s re-arranged clash with Liverpool.

Liverpool arrived at Old Trafford in a black coach, different to the coach that had been blocked

Liverpool arrived at Old Trafford in a black coach, different to the coach that had been blocked

German coach Jurgen Klopp departs the team bus as the squad arrived at Old Trafford

German coach Jurgen Klopp departs the team bus as the squad arrived at Old Trafford

Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino gets off the team coach before the game on Thursday

Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino gets off the team coach before the game on Thursday 

United have adopted a siege mentality, with players sworn to secrecy prior to the day of the game over their preparations and staff were given information on a need-to-know basis to avoid leaks and limit the security threat.

The club are trying to prevent a repeat of the scenes that caused the fixture to be postponed 11 days ago when protesters blocked the team from leaving the Lowry Hotel and hundreds more clashed with police at Old Trafford.

Last week, the departure time from Carrington for the Europa League semi-final against Roma in Italy was kept under wraps until the last minute amid rumours that fans might try to sabotage the team bus en route to Manchester Airport.

The players stayed at home before Tuesday’s game against Leicester and were only told on Monday night to meet at the training ground before travelling to the stadium.

Players arrived at the ground this afternoon in a bid to avoid delays seen earlier this month

Players arrived at the ground this afternoon in a bid to avoid delays seen earlier this month 

Security has been bolstered ahead of tonight's top flight game with added police presence

Security has been bolstered ahead of tonight’s top flight game with added police presence 

Sportsmail understands plans changed again ahead of Thursday night’s game against Liverpool. There was visibly tighter security to prevent further disturbances after it became the first Premier League fixture to be called off due to a protest.

United showed off a heavy police presence for the home game against Leicester on Tuesday, the first match at Old Trafford since the Liverpool postponement.

A 10ft high red wall was erected at the south-east corner of the stadium – where protesters twice broke in and got onto the pitch – as well the north forecourt in front of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

Additional steel barriers were also put in place as part of the heightened security operation.

Having prepared for a peaceful protest last time out which then descended into violence, the club are now trying to ensure that their three remaining home games of the season go ahead safely.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called for calm following the ugly scenes at the start of the month, asking fans to keep the peace if they are to protest and make their voices heard once again.

The United boss said: ‘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.

‘We want to listen. The players want to play the game.

‘We play Liverpool. Of course we want to beat Liverpool, we want to beat Leicester. So, we’re going to do everything we can for our fans to celebrate what we’re doing on the pitch.’ 

Manchester United vs Liverpool – Premier League: Live score, lineups and updates

Manchester United vs Liverpool, LIVE: Jurgen Klopp’s side aim to boost their Champions League hopes as they take on bitter rivals who are playing their fourth game in just eight days

  • Manchester United starting XI: Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Cavani
  • Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Rhys Williams, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Jota
  • Liverpool looking to put the pressure on top four rivals above them in the table
  • Manchester United are looking to bounce back following 2-1 defeat by Leicester
  • Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results  
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

Liverpool will be aiming to take a big step towards potentially qualifying for the Champions League next season when they visit Manchester United at Old Trafford.

With Chelsea having suffered defeat by Arsenal on Wednesday evening, Jurgen Klopp’s side now have the opportunity to put serious pressure on rivals above them for a top four spot.

The Reds face a tricky trip to their Red Devils rivals, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are suffering at the end of a fixture crisis which is seeing them play their fourth game in just eight days. 

Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live EPL coverage of Manchester United vs Liverpool, including scoreline, lineups and build-up of the 8.15pm kick-off.  

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Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United from winning the title

Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United winning the Premier League title next season with ex-Red Devils striker fearing that veteran marksman’s renewal will prevent club from signing Harry Kane or Erling Haaland

  • Dwight Yorke says Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the title 
  • The Uruguayan. 34, committed his future to Old Trafford after a strong season 
  • Cavani’s new deal has cast doubt over a big-money move for a new striker
  • Yorke believes not signing a new striker could ‘hamper’ United’s title hopes 

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new contract at Manchester United could prove a stumbling block to the Red Devils’ hopes of winning the Premier League title next season.

Cavani, 34, committed his future to Old Trafford this week, having hinted at an exit in the summer with the Uruguayan yearning for a return to South America. 

The former PSG marksman’s impact has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville, who believes that United will not enter the race for Erling Haaland or Harry Kane as a result of Cavani’s performances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the league

However, former United striker Yorke claims that Cavani’s commitment to United may ‘hamper’ the club’s tilt at the league title next season, having failed to be crowned English champions in eight years.

‘I dont think a lot of people expected Cavani to do as well as he has done, and I think Man United and Ole are delighted with what he’s contributed so far,’ Yorke told talkSPORT.

‘When you do well you should be rewarded, and he’s been rewarded with this new contract.

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

‘But my problem with it is, does it really hamper bringing in a younger version of a No.9?

‘It’s paramount we win the Premier League title next season, and is Cavani really going to take us over the line? That’s probably the one stumbling block.’

Yorke added that former team-mate Solskjaer has impressed in the United hot seat, but the expectation for next season will be to get the club ‘over the line’ and wrestle the title off local rivals Manchester City. 

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani's new deal could 'hamper' their title hopes

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani’s new deal could ‘hamper’ their title hopes

The Borussia Dortmund star is top of United's wishlist this summer

Harry Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham

United have been linked with big-money moves for Erling Haaland (L) and Harry Kane (R) 

‘Ole has been in that job for three years, he’s really cemented himself in that manager role now, he’s got the lads playing how Manchester United play, he’s got us to four semi-finals and now a final, so can he get us over the line and really step up? That’s the challenge he’s got,’ he added.

‘I hope the Cavani signing, although he’s been great for us, doesn’t hamper us getting in the players we need.

However, Cavani's new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

However, Cavani’s new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

‘I think we need another two players to really get us over the line in terms of challenging for the Premier League title next season.’

United are reportedly lining up another swoop for Jadon Sancho, having missed out on the Borussia Dortmund star during a prolonged transfer saga last summer. 

Mason Greenwood has thrived in the right of a front three, but United view the talented hotshot as a centre forward and Sancho’s arrival could see the youngster shifted into a central role. 

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