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Revealed: Reason Man United and Liverpool fans clashed inside Old Trafford (Photos)

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Manchester United and Liverpool supporters were involved in violent clashes inside Old Trafford during last night’s Europa League clash.

Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed to the quarter-finals after drawing 1-1 on the night (winning 3-1 on aggregate) – but the game was marred by fighting between the two sets of supporters.

Police and stewards were forced to step in after a group of Liverpool fans sneaked into the upper tier with the home supporters and unveiled a banner.

Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce said: “Around half a dozen Liverpool fans sat in the United end unfurled an LFC banner and United fans around them reacted angrily.

“Punches were thrown before the police and stewards stepped in to restore calm.

GettyA Liverpool fan holds a flag as he stands amongst Manchester United supporters after the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford
Spark: A Liverpool fan holds a flag as he stands among Man United supporters
Ian Cooper/Liverpool EchoLiverpool fans who unveiled a flag in the United fan's section are protected by police and stewards after fighting broke outduring the Manchester United v Liverpool Europa League match
Liverpool fans who unveiled a flag in the United fan’s section are protected by police

“As the fighting was taking place a number of Liverpool fans in the lower tier chanted ‘Munich’ – a reference to the 1958 disaster.

“The game had earlier been blighted by chants from the United supporters about the Hillsborough tragedy.”

Greater Manchester Police made five arrests following the fighting.

Superintendent Jim Liggett, match commander for the Manchester United v Liverpool match said: “The policing operation for the Manchester United v Liverpool match has now come to an end and towards the end of the game there were a handful of concerning incidents which are currently being investigated.

“We have made a total of five arrests however the behaviour of the majority of fans in attendance was excellent and I would like to thank them for their co-operation throughout.”

David Rawcliffe/PropagandaManchester United FC v Liverpool FC fan trouble
Tussle: One fan punches another
Matt West / BPIFans fight towards the end of the game
Outbreak: Fans fight towards the end of the game
Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesManchester United FC v Liverpool FC fan trouble
Clash: Fans are restrained by stewards

It comes after Red Devils fans were accused of referencing the Hillsborough disaster in the first leg at Anfield.

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There were also ugly scenes before the game as fans travelling into Manchester from Liverpool had been met with an abusive banner that read “murderers”.

Supporters arriving for the last-16 second leg tie against their arch-rivals were greeted with the offensive message on the outskirts of the city.

BPIFans fight towards the end of the game during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool played at Old Trafford
Home section: Liverpool fans reportedly sneaked into the upper tier with the United supporters
Ian CooperManchester United FC v Liverpool FC fan trouble
Under control: Police and stewards restore order
Matt West / BPIA seat is thrown between both sets of fans
Hurled: A seat is thrown between both sets of fans
Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyPolice move in as rival supporters clash
Barrier: Police move in as rival supporters clash

It was tied to a sheet on a bridge over the M602 in Salford, just a couple of miles from Old Trafford and a route used by many Merseyside-based supporters heading to the game.

It also contained the date of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Greater Manchester Police were alerted to the motorway banner and swiftly took it down.

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