JAMIE CARRAGHER revealed Manchester United protesters gave him no trouble as the Liverpool legend claimed those in the stadium were ‘peaceful’.
Thousands of Manchester United supporters stormed onto the pitch, as they gathered to protest against the Glazers’ ownership prior to today’s clash with Liverpool.
A group congregated around Sky’s studio, where pundits Graeme Souness, Micah Richards and Roy Keane joined Dave Jones for coverage of today’s game.
The broadcasters were forced to duck for cover, as a member of the Old Trafford invaders launched a flare towards them.
Commentator Carragher and Gary Neville – who both voiced support for protests against the European Super League – were also caught in the crosshairs.
But Carragher said: “The frustration with the ownership and I must say I’m obviously a Liverpool supporter in this stadium with Manchester United fans coming past me, but I do think in this situation, football rivalry goes out of this.
“Listen, it’s been peaceful, there’s no problem in the stadium, I’m unsure about outside the stadium, but it’s been a peaceful protest.
“They’re very unhappy with their owners, not just of what they’re doing in terms of buying a striker, or buying a player in the summer, I think as supporters and how they’ve been treated at this club and how they’ve gone about it.
“The frustration comes from that and it’s obviously heightened with what happened with the Super League.
“Yes, we all want to see a game of football, we don’t want to see any trouble but I can’t stand here and have a go at Manchester United fans.
“My own supporters, Liverpool, probably 10 or 15 years ago were doing these type of things, marching outside of stadiums to get rid of Hicks and Gillett.
“I would not have a go at any Manchester United fan as long as it’s peaceful and there’s no trouble.
“Football means a lot for a lot of people and Manchester as much as anybody.
“A peaceful protest and they’ve only got themselves to blame, the ownership.”
The chaos inside and outside Old Trafford caused the game to be POSTPONED amid safety concerns.
A statement read: “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.”
“Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.
“This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.
“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.
“We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches.
“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
“We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.
The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”