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Manchester United confirm Old Trafford reduced capacity when fans return

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Manchester United have told the government they are ready to welcome fans back to Old Trafford and believe they can safely have more than 23,000 attending games with social distancing.

United have issued a formal statement on the return of supporters, which was initially set for this month but pushed back due to ongoing covid-19 restriction.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have not played in front of their home fans since a 2-0 victory over Man City in the Manchester derby in March. Football went into lockdown shortly afterwards and has been played behind closed doors since its return in June.

United’s chief operating officer Collete Roche has issued a statement in which she said the club’s safety protocols for the return of fans were in place.

“We were really disappointed when the government decided not to allow fans back in the stadium in October because we’ve got everything in place to make sure we can do so safely,” Roche told Sky Sports.

“We’ve got all the COVID security measures and other processes ready to go. We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to develop the right processes and measures to make sure that we can have around 23,500 people in this stadium safely social distancing.

“It’s quite bemusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as on an aeroplane or a restaurant, or even in a cinema to watch football, when we know we’ve got the plans and the process is ready to deliver a match day here safely.”

United have “had to redesign what match day looks like” and plan to introduce staggered arrival times and temperature checks before entry to minimise coronavirus risks.

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