Man Utd to get 23,500 fans back in Old Trafford after months of Government talks

Manchester United are planning to bring close to 25,000 fans back to Old Trafford after long talks with the Government.

Football fans up and down the country have been condemned to watching their teams on television due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs across Europe, however, have permitted a small number of socially-distanced supporters to take in their matches in person.

United are hoping to be the first Premier League club to welcome fans back, with the Red Devils looking to have 23,500 spaced-out supporters return to Old Trafford.

"We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to develop the right processes and measures," United's Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche said during an appearance on Sky Sports.

“That’s to make sure we can have around 23,500 people in the stadium safely at social distancing.

“I guess sometimes it’s quite amusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as in an aeroplane, restaurant or even in a cinema.

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“But we know we’ve got the plans and the processes ready to deliver matchday here safely.”

Old Trafford hosts a whopping 76,000 fans for every United home game, so there's plenty of space to ensure supporters can safely adhere to the Government's social distancing guidelines.

United haven't hosted fans at the Theatre of Dreams since their 2-0 victory over local rivals Manchester City in March.

And Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons his troops would've been able to bag all three points in their 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend if they had the Old Trafford faithful roaring them on.

"In the second half we pushed on and if the Stretford End is full, we might get that ball over the line," the Norwegian said.

Manchester United will be back in action this evening, welcoming Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig to Old Trafford for their second Champions League Group H match.

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