It’s been a while since most of us were in Old Trafford, but the hole in the roof remains. At least fans will be finally allowed back inside the ground for Tuesday’s Premier League 6pm clash with newly relegated Fulham.
It’s a good job our away record has been brilliant this season because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to put poor results at home down to playing in a fan-less stadium, at times this season.
We’ve no doubt the absence of fans is playing a huge part in games that lack intensity and there’s been many of those.
The one game that always springs to mind is the draw against Chelsea at the beginning of the season. Imagine the Stretford End being full in the final 10 minutes or so?
We’re happy with the news that 10,000 supporters will be allowed to attend Tuesday’s game, despite recent anti-Glazer protests.
“The decision to allow 10,000 fans into the ground for Tuesday’s game against Fulham was reviewed on Friday following anti-Glazer demonstrations,” The Mail reports.
“What had been considered a formality following the Government’s decision to ease lockdown restrictions was thrown into doubt by Tuesday’s protest before the defeat by Liverpool.
“But after urgent talks between United and their safety advisory group – made up of Trafford Borough Council, local police and emergency services – a safety certificate for the Fulham game was eventually issued late in the day.
“United will now welcome fans into Old Trafford for the first time in more than 14 months, going back to the Manchester derby in March last year.
“It could present opportunities for troublemakers, and there are fears protesters may infiltrate the match-going fans to cause more disruption. United are confident they will know who is coming into Old Trafford, with supporters applying for tickets through a ballot system and facing strict identity checks at the ground.”
Imagine the backlash had the club turned around and said no fans were allowed in after the anti-Glazer protests.
The fans will finally get to appalled the players, manager and staff for all their work and dedication this past year. It will also be a send off before the Europa League final against Villarreal.