MANCHESTER UNITED fans blocked the squad from leaving their Lowry Hotel base in protest against the club ownership on Sunday.
The players and staff were staying in their usual Manchester base ahead of facing Liverpool at 4.30pm.
But a planned protest against the Red Devils' owners, the Glazers, led to a stand-off with police at the entrance to the hotel just hours before the game.
Supporters chanted and lit flares next to the team bus as it waited for the squad.
A demonstration featuring a large gathering of fans also took place outside Old Trafford.
Fans also lined the route between the Lowry and the stadium with flags and banners protesting the club ownership.
A billboard attached to Hotel Football, the establishment co-owned by Class of 92 legends such Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, also called for change.
It displayed a quote from ex-defender and pundit Neville, which read: "We have got to come together now… We have got to stop this, it is absolutely critical that we do."
The protests come after years of discontent with the Glazers, magnified by the European Super League debacle.
United were among six English teams to sign up to the doomed breakaway plot, which sought to supersede the Champions League.
The Glazers have also faced large-scale criticism for unloading debt onto the club and failing to win trophies.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side sit second in the table ahead of the derby having last won the Premier League in 2013.
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