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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 high alert over the prospect of rival Manchester United and Leeds fans descending on Wembley within 24 hours of each other.

United face neighbors Manchester City in the FA Cup final on May 25 and Leeds will reach the Championship play-off final on May 26 if they face Norwich at Elland Road tomorrow night.

Leeds are hot favorites 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. If he were to secure his spot under the arc, it would be a major headache for the officials.

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

A boom in hotels, bars and restaurants in the Wembley area has led to an increase in fans staying around the stadium, with a sizeable number of fans of both Manchester clubs booking rooms for the Saturday night after the final.

Police are on alert for Man United and Leeds fans who will descend on Wembley later this month

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

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

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

If Leeds progress, they are likely to be joined by many more from Yorkshire on the night.

EFL bosses wanted the play-off final – which kicks off at 3pm and will see Leeds or Norwich take on West Bromwich or Southampton – in a later slot given that it usually attracts a bigger crowd great views.

They also alerted officials to the possibility 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 England’s fiercest rivalries and there have been several instances of trouble over the years.

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

Should such a scenario occur, additional police are likely to be recruited, along with increased security at hotels, bars and restaurants in the shadow of the stadium.

Man United play Man City at Wembley 24 hours before the Championship play-off final

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

Six fans arrested following clashes between Manchester United and Leeds supporters ahead of Old Trafford clash in 2021

Violent clashes between supporters outside cafes and restaurants broke out in Manchester city center in 2021, in what police described as

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