Traditionally one of the more volatile fixtures on the
Directly after the “Always the victims” chant, a second chant of ‘murderers’ could be heard from the same part of the ground, but few supporters were participating. It lasted less time than was required for United to exchange one or two passes in the centre circle.
With United manager Sir Alex Ferguson calling for an end to unsavoury chants last Friday, the club reiterated that message in the wake of Saturday’s chanting by a minority of fans.
“The manager has made the club’s position very clear on this matter.” a United spokesperson said. “It is now up to the fans to respect that.”
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST), attempted to play down the incident.
MUST said: “Following this week’s developments and release of revelatory information on the Hillsborough tragedy, MUST wishes to make it absolutely clear that just as we condemn chants mocking the Munich Air Disaster we also condemn any chants relating to Hillsborough or indeed any other human tragedy.
“We did hear the usual anti-Liverpool chants at the match but we’re pleased to say... there was nothing that was specifically referencing Hillsborough.”
United have no plans to review CCTV footage in an effort to identify those responsible for the chants but the club are determined to make every effort to ensure the trip to Anfield passes without incident.
Preliminary talks between the two clubs took place last week following the publication of the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, but such was the magnitude of the revelations within the documents, Liverpool stressed to United their determination to digest the report fully before drawing up plans for any possible commemoration this weekend.
At this stage, no plans have been made for a minute’s silence to be held in memory of the 96 killed at Hillsborough, while the possibility of wreaths being laid by officials from both clubs is also yet to be fully addressed.
A mosaic in memory of the 96, projected by supporters on the Kop is, so far, the only confirmed element of pre-match plans to reflect the findings of the panel.
There will an on-screen tribute to the victims of the tragedy in 1989, the images of the 96 who perished in Sheffield forming a powerful pre-match image.
The show of support towards Liverpool from within the game since the findings
were made public continued on Sunday, with
The teams will be led on to the pitch by youngsters dressed in a Liverpool and Everton kit, and the ball boys will wear the number 96 on their backs.
United have made it clear to Liverpool that they are fully prepared to engage in detailed discussions at a senior level in order to finalise plans for the game.