Graeme Souness says he could have been killed after fans threw a flare and beer can towards the Sky Sports pundits during their invasion of the Old Trafford pitch. Supporters broke police lines to enter the ground and eventually got Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool called off.
But during their time inside Old Trafford, a select few fans decided to launch objects towards the Sky Sports platform.
“Someone has thrown a lit flare up on this stage today,” Souness fumed. “If that had hit us we could have ended up in hospital.”
And on the can of beer, he added: “If that clips you in the wrong place, you’re dead.”
Souness also said: “I hope I’m wrong, it’s a big decision to call the game off, but it would suggest that something went on that we don’t know about.
“If you’ve come out today to achieve something that will be seen throughout the world, then they’ve achieved that and more with the game being postponed.
“But for the Police to say that it isn’t safe, then it would suggest that something has happened that we don’t know about.”
Roy Keane responded: “The reason they’ve done it today is because it’s Liverpool at home. They could’ve done it against Roma but it wouldn’t have got as many headlines.
“Today is a huge game, there’s huge interest from all over the world and there was an opportunity for United fans to make a huge statement and that’s why they did it today because it was Liverpool, the last few weeks have just pushed United fans over the edge.”
And Jammie Carragher added: “We can only speak about what we’ve seen in here. Do you want to see supporters storming stadiums left, right and centre and getting games called off? No, we don’t.
“When I was a supporter as a young kid, this particular thing didn’t go on like that, but I’m not someone that will sit here and criticise Manchester United fans because I’m Liverpool.
“Two weeks ago, supporters all over through the Super League and came together for the first time.
“I’ve been looking on my phone and you see the reaction of Liverpool supporters now and you go back a few weeks with Liverpool supporters involved with the bus incident that got plenty of criticism.
“There will always be idiots who get involved in this, this thing that Manchester United fans have done today, I actually think it’s a good thing in terms of protesting and not being happy about what’s going on at the club.
“There will always be one or two people who take it too far and that’s not just a protest, that’s a night out with your mates – there’s always someone who does something stupid.”
And Gary Neville said: “The reaction is that, I think it’s a warning to the owners of the football club that they’re not going to accept what they’ve done in the past couple of weeks.
“That’s the first thing, the second thing is we don’t quite know to the extent of what’s happened outside of the ground. We know some fans came in and they were reasonably peaceful, but if there has been a disturbance, then that’s not acceptable. But the reality is that the game has been called off today and the fans have spoken.
“The fans spoke a couple of weeks ago about this proposal and there was a u-turn by the six owners in this country. It’s not going to go away because they don’t trust the owners of these clubs, they don’t like them, they think they should leave.
“Beyond today, it should be about reform and regulation and making sure they can’t do it again. Protesting is the right of every person in this country to do that.
“We must retain the fact they’re able to protest. However, beyond today, it’s about fans in this country and they should reunite to make sure there is a reform in English football. That is the most important thing.
“It will be a waste of time if there isn’t a reform in English football.”