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Fans were seen fighting in the stands.

Liverpool banner in Manchester United end sparks brawl - video

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Video footage has emerged of the moment that sparked the violent scenes at Old Trafford during Liverpool's Europa League game against Manchester United last night.

Fights broke out in the stands after a group of Liverpool fans were able to secure tickets amongst the home fans, while seats were also torn up. 

The incident was sparked by the Liverpool fans unfurling a banner amongst the Manchester United supporters, and stewards were forced to intervene as the violence escalated.

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Now video footage of the moment that sparked the clash has emerged, which you can check out at the bottom of this article.

Earlier on in the day, Manchester United fans had hung a banner which read 'murderers' along with the date of the Hillsborough disaster in Salford, which was promptly removed by Greater Manchester Police.

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UEFA have charged the Red Devils this morning with blocked stairways, crowd disturbances, and throwing of objects. Their case will be heard on May 19. Liverpool have been charged with illicit chants and the setting off of fireworks.

Tensions were high from the first leg, where some Manchester United fans were heard chanting about Hillsborough, while their Liverpool counterparts were accused of singing about the Munich disaster. Neither side were charged by UEFA.

Manchester United v Liverpool - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

Liverpool ran out winners from the tie after last night's 1-1 draw, claiming a 3-1 victory on aggregate. 

Battle

Anthony Martial had given the home side hope after he slotted home a penalty having been brought down by Nathaniel Clyne in the area with half hour gone, but Philippe Coutinho's wonderful solo effort meant the home side were left needing three goals in order to progress.

The loss means another avenue to the Champions League has been blocked, and now their only hope is to break into the top four. Key to their hopes is the Manchester derby this weekend, with Manchester City just four points ahead in the final qualification spot.

"We have to beat City because that is the other chance to qualify for the Champions League," said Louis Van Gaal. The expectations are always high. We know that and we can cope with that."

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