A MAN has been charged after fireworks were thrown in a protest held by Manchester United fans over the club's ownership on Sunday.

Fans broke into United's Old Trafford stadium ahead of club's big game with Liverpool on Sunday and invaded the pitch, in a protest against the Red Devil's American owners, the Glazer family.

Bottles and barriers were thrown at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers outside the club’s home ground, leaving two injured, with one needing hospital treatment.

Some fans also gathered at The Lowry Hotel, where the team were based, to make their point heard.

The match was subsequently abandoned as it was deemed that it was not safe for the game to go ahead.

And now police have said that Michael Anthony James Cusker, of Winstanley Road, Manchester, has been charged with throwing fireworks in a street, use of threatening behaviour and wilful obstruction of the highway.

The incident relates to an incident outside The Lowry Hotel, police have said.

The 28-year-old has been bailed ahead of a court appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on May 25.

A GMP spokesman added: "The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct to ensure complete transparency and independence in this investigation."

Manchester United were among 12 clubs that last month signed up for the breakaway European Super League, which collapsed within 48 hours due to huge, unrelenting pressure.

The proposals of the Super League increased the anger that supporters have towards the Glazer family.