Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes plea to Man Utd fans ahead of planned Liverpool chaos

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged fuming Manchester United fans to keep the peace ahead of Sunday's powder keg clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

A group of angry supporters are planning a protest outside the stadium at United's involvement in the doomed European Super League proposal.

United were one of the 'Big Six' that signed up to the controversial plan, before it all collapsed last week when all of those English clubs involved performed a U-turn.

The chaos resulted in United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward resigning – and only served to make United fans hate club owners The Glazers even more.

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Reports claim Liverpool fans will travel to Manchester to join forces with their rivals, in protest at how their respective owners have treated them.

Police have been placed on red alert and it's the last thing Solslkajer needs ahead of one of the most explosive fixtures in the football calendar.

And while Solskjaer admits supporters need to be heard, he has urged those involved not to let the situation get out of hand.

The United boss said: "It's important that the fans' views are listened to and we communicate better.

"My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team. As I've said before I've been backed, I've had great support from the club and the owners and I'm sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.

"But I'm so happy all the clubs have agreed that this (ESL) shouldn't be the way of moving forward. Then again, when the protests are on, it's important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful."

Solskjaer is confident whatever happens outside the ground will not affect the focus of his players inside it.

He said: "The players are focused on the game and nothing else. They've handled difficult situations before. Of course it was a strange week before the Leeds game, after the Super League announcement.

"But I've got to say, I'm not worried one second that our mind is not on the football when it happens."

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