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Watch football hooligans batter themselves in mass brawl before Manchester United’s clash with Leeds

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By Emma James

Football hooligans battered each other with chairs during a mass brawl before Manchester United’s clash with Leeds today.

Shocking footage shows the mass brawl explode outside Caffé Nero in Manchester city centre this morning.

Fans clashed ahead of the lunchtime kick off at Old Trafford

Fans clashed ahead of the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford Credit: Twitter

They launched chairs at each other before landing punches

They launched chairs at each other before landing punches Credit: Twitter

Terrified members of the public and café staff can be seen locking the doors and staring as the fans fight in the street, ahead of the first Premier League Saturday kick-off of the year.

A group of up to 30 fans rushed down the streets brawling with each other, with eyewitnesses asking “are these Leeds fans”.

In a second video dozens of fans could also be seen brawling outside of a pub in the hours before kick-off at Old Trafford.

The game will see a full capacity stadium for the first time since the pandemic began.

‘MASSIVE BRAWL’

A Caffé Nero worker told The Sun: “It was a massive brawl. I had to run to the door to lock them.

“We kept the customers inside, it seems as though it was football related. There were kids about and it was a bit scary so we just locked the doors.”

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that there have been no arrests as of yet despite the disorder.

“We’re working closely with those premises to support licensees at the early signs of any disorder and negate it as swiftly as possible.

“Our priority is to escort people to the stadium in a safe manner and to ensure minimal disruption for the wider public.

“No arrests have been made.

“Anyone with concerns or just passing by, do speak to our officers who will be visible around the city working to keep you safe.”

Scared Cafe Nero staff were forced to lock to doors to protect customers

Scared Cafe Nero staff were forced to lock to doors to protect customers credit: Twitter

Hundreds of fans headed to the stadium for the first time since the pandemic

Hundreds of fans headed to the stadium for the first time since the pandemic Credit: PA

Fans arrived at Old Trafford for the first clash of the season

Fans arrived at Old Trafford for the first clash of the season credit: PA

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