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Manchester United urge fans to stay away from Old Trafford

Manchester United urge fans to stay away from Old Trafford

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Manchester United are set to resume small group training on Wednesday as Premier League clubs step up the “Project Restart” plan to finish the season but the team urge fans to avoid gathering outside the stadium when the Premier League season resumes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aware of the danger of supporters gathering in large groups during the health crisis, United have pleaded with their fans to stay away from matches and watch on television.

“We share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home,” United said in an email to supporters on Tuesday.

“To help with that, the Premier League and their media partners will work to deliver the very best broadcast coverage of our games.

“We also ask for your co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.

“By supporting from home and following Government guidance, you will be playing your part to keep your friends, your family and all United fans safe.

“This united effort to stay at home will give us the best chance of protecting the health of everyone in our community.”

United currently sit fifth in the Premier League standings, three points behind fourth placed Chelsea.

All 92 remaining Premier League matches will have to be played in empty stadiums due to the pandemic, leading United to activate a refund or rebate to ticket holders for their remaining home fixtures.