As Manchester United’s distant hopes of the title ended at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, there were farcical scenes off the pitch.

After the protest early in the month against Liverpool, United took no chances, with a raft of security measures at Old Trafford.

Police and extra security teams were drafted in ahead of kick-off against Leicester, despite the fact there was no planned protest ahead of the game.

This seemed like a waste of resources, unless the intention was simply a show of force to try and deter fans protesting on Thursday ahead of the game against Liverpool.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League
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Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League
(Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

While United were busy investing in extra security, police, and erecting steel barriers and a temporary wall outside Old Trafford, the creaking stadium began to show more signs of wear and tear.

The Times reported Paul Hirst posted a picture on social media of his electrical equipment in the stadium getting rained on, a safety hazard which should have been avoidable.

 

MEN reporter Samuel Luckhurst reported the Old Trafford roof was leaking, onto seats where supporters would have normally sat.

This follows viral videos of the Old Trafford roof springing a major leak two seasons ago and pouring with water down below.

Old Trafford has been closed to fans for the past year due to the pandemic, a great chance to troubleshoot and fix problems of wear and tear.

Instead, and this has been one of the key criticisms of the Glazer ownership, they have failed to invest in Old Trafford and let it get run down.

Last night was another illustration of this, while money was wasted policing a non-existent protest.

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