United fear that fans could protest in large numbers
After putting the club on the market in November it appears that the Glazers will still hold a majority stake in the club after they agreed a 25 per cent deal with Sir Jim Ratcliffe, with his proposal expected to be accepted during a board meeting this week.
While the deal is being viewed as a staged takeover, in which Ratcliffe will gain full control in the long term, fans have been left angered at the fact that the American businessmen will still be a part of United.
United host Copenhagen in the Champions League next Tuesday in front of a fanbase that have already protested on a number of occasions demanding for a full sale of the club.
They then face neighbours Manchester City on Sunday, where there has been talk of a potential walkout or boycott.
A statement from Chief Superintendent Collette Rose of Great Manchester Police said: “Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will be assisting Manchester United outside Old Trafford during the match with Copenhagen.
“Officers will be highly visible to maintain safety, while facilitating the right to peaceful protest.
“GMP has significant experience in policing public demonstrations and live events and officers liaise with local football clubs, as well as partner agencies, on a regular basis to ensure football fixtures pass with as little disruption as possible, so everyone can enjoy the game.”
On Saturday, Qatari businessman Sheik Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani pulled out of the running to buy the club. He and his group had offered to buy the club outright and promised to heavily invest in the playing squad and infrastructure off it.
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