Police are on red alert over the possibility fans of rivals Man United and Leeds could descend on Wembley within 24 hours of each other… should Daniel Farke’s side beat Norwich and reach the play-off final CHAMPIONSHIP

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Police are on alert over the prospect of fans of rivals Manchester United and Leeds United descending on Wembley within 24 hours of each other.

United will face neighbors City in the FA Cup final on May 25, while the Yorkshire side will appear in the Championship play-off final on May 26 if they take on Norwich City at Elland Road on Thursday night.

Leeds would look favourites, given they finished the season three places and 17 points above the Canaries and came away from Carrow Road with a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

And if he were to secure his place under the arch, he would create a major headache for the officials.

Mail Sport understands the prospect has already been discussed at safety meetings.

Police are on alert for Man United and Leeds fans who will descend on Wembley later this month
Leeds can reach the play-off final if they beat Norwich City at Elland Road on Thursday
The Championship play-off final will take place 24 hours after Man United’s FA Cup final against Man City. Mail Sport understands the prospect was discussed at safety meetings

Wembley is now seen as a destination thanks to the boom in hotels, bars and restaurants in its footprint.

A sizeable number of supporters of both Manchester clubs have already booked rooms for the Saturday night after the final.

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And if Leeds progress, they are likely to be joined by many others who will travel to the Yorkshire stadium ahead of their clash.

EFL chiefs wanted the play-off final, with either Leeds or Norwich taking on West Bromwich Albion or Southampton, in the later kick-off slot, primarily given that it usually attracts bigger crowds.

They also alerted officials to the chance of Leeds and Manchester United fans mixing and pointed out that a later start on Sunday would help reduce the risk. However, their pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

Leeds and United share one of the fiercest rivalries in English football and there have been numerous instances of trouble over the years.

Man United play Man City at Wembley 24 hours before the Championship play-off final
Footage showed hooligans using bins and chairs as weapons during the ugly scenes in the city centre
An officer arrived and tried to control the chaos that ensued in the city

Violent clashes between supporters outside cafes and restaurants broke out in Manchester city center in 2021, in what police described as “large-scale disturbances”.

What police described as “large-scale disorder” broke out in Manchester city center ahead of a meeting between the two in 2021. Stunned shoppers took cover as brawls spilled into the streets.

If the scenario plays out, additional police resources are likely to be recruited, along with increased security in hotels, bars and restaurants in the shadow of the stadium.