Man Utd and Leeds fans in violent brawl as punches thrown in city centre

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Manchester United and Leeds supporters clashed ahead of their Premier League meeting at Old Trafford on Saturday after crowds gathered ahead of the lunchtime kick-off.

The old rivals go head-to-head in their opening fixture of the new season having battled twice since the visitors were promoted back to the top flight.

Despite excitement for the return of full stadiums, a handful got involved in ugly scenes before the match as police were forced to intervene.

In a clip uploaded to social media, a man can be seen wearing a Manchester United shirt in a cafe while a crowd chases another group outside.

The video, which appears to have been taken on Saturday morning, shows objects and punches being thrown before a lone officer forces the rival groups to disperse.

In addition, sirens can be heard in the background as the events unfolded, with one person in the cafe saying: "Oh my god." In disbelief.

In leaving the scene, one man could be seen running with a chair as another officer arrived to help their colleague one day after police called for fans to be sensible.

In another scene outside the Piccadilly Tavern, a police van rushed to meet a crowd in a video captioned: "It’s not even 10am yet, and Leeds are kicking off in Manchester. Football is well and truly back!"

As recently as Friday, police urged those attending the game at behave responsibly with over 70,000 expected to watch on at Old Trafford.

Greater Manchester Police’s gold commander for public order operations, chief superintendent Stuart Ellison, had issued a statement.

He said: "It feels like a long time since we last had capacity crowds, but we have worked on hundreds of events in the past and our priority this weekend remains the same.

"The Premier League starts with Manchester hosting the biggest game of the weekend, 70,000 fans returning to Old Trafford to see Manchester United hosting Leeds United.

"That’s just one of four matches on our patch on Saturday afternoon.

"Our officers are working extended hours this weekend to help keep the public safe. All that we ask is that you behave responsibly so everyone can enjoy themselves."

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