Manchester united and Leeds fans had a brawl at the Manchester City centre on Saturday just before the kickoff of the opener that ended 5-1 in favour of the Old Trafford landlords.
In chaotic scenes filmed from inside a cafe, groups of men can be seen running around a corner while throwing chairs and throwing punches.
The 21-second clip, uploaded to Twitter, shows one man brandishing a bin as a weapon as he repeatedly smashes it against another fan who has fallen to the ground.
A police officer can then be seen among the crowds as the men disperse in different directions.
A statement from Greater Manchester Police read: ‘Patrols in city centre made aware of some isolated incidents of disorder at premises in the area.
‘We’re working closely with those premises to support licensees at early signs of any disorder and negate it as swiftly as possible. No arrests have been made.’
Another video shared online shows the moment a police van arrives to a brawl which has spilled out of the Piccadilly Tavern.
Men can be seen running to the entrance of the pub, appearing to join the fight, while the police vehicle pulls up with its sirens blaring.
Today is the first time in 17 months that the Theatre of Dreams will be at full capacity, hosting some 75,000 fans.
But scenes of brawls have put a dampener on the otherwise celebratory return of the Premier League.
It comes after police on Friday pleaded with fans to behave responsibly, announcing that 200 officers would be on duty across Manchester.
Chief superintendent Stuart Ellison, Greater Manchester Police’s gold commander for public order operations, 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.’ the police submitted, a call that apparently has not been obeyed.
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