Manchester United seek safety advice from rivals Liverpool

  • Manchester United are set to seek safety advice from old enemies Liverpool
  • Red Devils are looking for information before Champions League trip to Seville
  • They want to ensure fans avoid problems reported by Merseyside supporters
  • Liverpool played in Spain in November and fans allege police attacked them

Manchester United will seek safety advice from old enemies Liverpool ahead of their Champions League trip to Seville.

The Old Trafford outfit will contact their rivals as part of a pre-match operation to try and ensure their supporters do not experience the problems reported by fans of the Merseyside club when they headed to the Spanish city in November.

Liverpool launched an investigation after dozens of their supporters alleged they were attacked by local police, with some denied entry to the stadium for the 3-3 draw. That match kicked off with large parts of the away section empty. Travelling fans said they were turned away or ordered to sit in seats they had not been allocated. Others claimed they were assaulted.

Manchester United are seeking advice from rivals Liverpool to ensure safety of fans in Seville 

Sportsmail understands that Anfield officials have collated a number of complaints which have been passed to the Football Supporters Europe (FSE) group, who are compiling a dossier of incidents involving fans of foreign clubs at Spanish grounds. That dossier is set to be handed to the Council of Europe in the coming weeks.

Supporters of Leicester City, who paid £51, reported similar treatment at the hands of the local constabulary when they visited the city for a Champions League tie in February.

United, as is protocol, will send staff to Seville ahead of the last-16 clash, while English police will also be involved in the pre-match planning before a meeting is held to discuss next steps.

Jose Mourinho signs a United shirt at Bristol City but the club  want fans in Seville to be safe  

Jose Mourinho signs a United shirt at Bristol City but the club  want fans in Seville to be safe  

The Premier League club is expected to consider any information forthcoming from Liverpool, after reaching out in the coming weeks, before issuing advice to their own supporters.

Meanwhile, Sportsmail understands that Old Trafford officials will not step in and subsidise entry for the fixture after Seville announced ticket prices described by fans groups as ‘exorbitant’.

United have been allocated 2,650 tickets for the match, priced at a staggering £89 and £133.

Liverpool supporters were charged £54 at the same venue but the La Liga club have attempted to defend the pricing, stating that this is a new round and that the Liverpool tickets were discounted.

Some had called on United to chip in and bring costs down. The club declined to comment but it is thought they are reluctant to do so as they feel it may set a precedent and encourage future opponents to hike their admission prices when they play against Jose Mourinho’s side. Instead, they are likely to write to UEFA to express their concerns over the matter.