Security will be ramped up around the hotels and team buses used by Manchester United and Liverpool for Sunday’s clash, following the trouble that caused the same fixture to be called off last season.
The meeting of English football’s biggest rivals was postponed in May after an anti-Glazer protest over the failed European Super League turned ugly and several hundred fans broke into the stadium.
Troublemakers blockaded the United players in their team hotel and tried to disrupt the rearranged game 11 days later by slashing the tyres of a Liverpool team bus.
Greater Manchester Police will have extra officers on duty and were expected to issue a statement today urging fans to behave.
Sportsmail understands there will be increased security around the hotels and coaches.
No further fans’ protests are planned and the barricades put up around Old Trafford for the re-arranged fixture in May will not be used again. The feeling is that anger over the ESL has subsided and antipathy towards the Glazers is comparatively low.
Since the protests, United’s US owners have agreed to set up a fans’ advisory board and are in advanced talks over a fan share scheme.