The Old Trafford club have previously been subject to offensive chants themselves concerning the 1958 Munich air disaster, in which eight players and three club officials were among 23 people who lost their lives in a crash following a European Cup tie.
Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton told BBC Radio 5 live the chants at Anfield last Thursday were “dreadful”, while ex-Manchester United striker Dion Dublin called them “disgusting”.
A story in the Sun newspaper four days after the Hillsborough disaster criticised the behaviour of Liverpool fans at the game. The newspaper is still widely boycotted in Merseyside as a result.
“There were chants during the first half – ‘the Sun was right’, referring to the Hillsborough tragedy,” said BBC Sport’s Juliette Ferrington, who was at Anfield.
“It wasn’t continuous but it was clearly audible, maybe four or five times. It kind of got drowned out. The noise at the game was deafening.
“It happened again just after the full-time whistle – it was drowned out by: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘we won it five times’ [a reference to Liverpool’s five European Cup triumphs]. There was lots of saddened head-shaking in the press-box.”