Manchester United and Leeds fans involved in violent clashes in city centre

Manchester United and Leeds fans involved in violent clashes in city centre

Fans from Manchester United and Leeds have violently clashed in the build up to the two sides' encounter at Old Trafford today, which saw chairs and bins used as weapons in ugly scenes in the city centre.

The two clubs are historical rivals and are playing against each other in England's top-flight with fans for the first time since 2004.

With the pandemic keeping fans away from stadiums last season, the two meetings between the two sides was without a crowd, keeping the rivalry on the pitch.

However, as fans made their way to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday morning, tempers boiled over between the two sets of rival supporters resulting in violent clashes outside cafes and restaurants.

One video saw hooligans use bins and chairs as weapons as one lone police officer frantically tries to separate those involved using a baton.

A man standing inside the shop says: 'Good job we're in here. Oh my god.'

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed no arrests have been made as of yet and are working with local premises to identify those involved in the violent clashes.

A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Police said: 'Patrols in the city centre have been made aware of some isolated incidents of disorder at premises in the area.

'We're working closely with those premises to support licensees at the early signs of any disorder and negate it as swiftly as possible.

'Our priority is to escort people to the stadium in a safe manner and to ensure minimal disruption for the wider public. No arrests have been necessary at this stage.'
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