Police are investigating whether Manchester United fans deliberately arrived late for last weeks first-leg tie of the Carling Cup semi-final against local rivals City with the aim of smuggling weapons, including golf balls into the Eastlands stadium. 

These potential missiles were seized from United fans outside the stadium, where 18 fans – 11 United, six City and one neutral – were arrested. United fans also ripped up seats to throw at the City contingent. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) made arrests for various public order offences.

The GMP match commander, assistant chief constable Ian Hopkins, said the late arrival of dozens of United fans led police to establish a cordon to prevent crushing and serious injury. City are also facing questions over the disorder.

Got us thinking, were the United  fans interested in distance or control or both?

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