Manchester United v Bournemouth match abandoned after discovery of suspicious package

Manchester United’s Premier League game with Bournemouth was abandoned this afternoon after Police discovered a suspicious package in Old Trafford’s North West Quadrant.

At 2:30pm, half an hour before kick off, fans were evacuated from the 3-tier Sir Alex Ferguson stand and the Stretford End. Shortly after the 3pm kick-off time came and went, the match was confirmed to be abandoned on Police advice.

A statement from the club reads:

“Due to the discovery of a suspect package in the North-West Quadrant of the Old Trafford ground, Manchester United’s match against Bournemouth was abandoned on police advice.

People in the stadium were asked to remain in their seats while the forecourt was cleared of fans who had already been evacuated from the stadium.

Bomb disposal teams conducted an assessment of the suspicious device at Old Trafford and a controlled explosion was then carried out by experts within the stadium.”

A controlled explosion of the suspicious package was carried out after a bomb disposal team was summoned. No injuries or harm appears to have come to any of the 75,000 fans present for the game, with United’s stewards and security praised by fans on social media for their calm handling of the stadium evacuation.

There is currently no date set for when the abandoned game will be played, with the Premier League season now over, players due to leave for international duty in the coming weeks and United’s involvement in next weekend’s FA Cup final complicating the matter.