Old Trafford will have a slightly new look soon, but for how long?
Manchester United has been given permission to experiment with around 1500 safe-standing “barrier seats” at their home ground, the club announced Wednesday.
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United managing director Richard Arnold said that the move was inspired by the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, and that the club hopes it can be a positive step.
Our belief is that the introduction of barrier seats will enhance spectator safety in areas of the stadium where – as with other clubs – we have seen examples of persistent standing. It also allows us to future-proof the stadium in the event of any changes to the current all-seater stadium policy. If the trial is successful, we may consider further implementation of barrier seating in other parts of the stadium.
The standing area with a rail in front is a throwback, and plenty of venues — Think Borussia Dortmund’s Yellow Wall — have entire sections of safe standing
Standing in England’s top two divisions was outlawed following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Multiple teams have been given permission to experiment with safe standing sections in recent years.
There’s scoring goals, and then there’s doing what Bernardo Silva just did.
The Portuguese international collected a pass in the right channel, dribbled in towards the box and unleashed a perfect curling strike into the far corner to put his Manchester City up 1-0 over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening in League Cup action. Man United goalkeeper David De Gea had no chance, despite making all efforts to parry the shot.
Silva’s shot had everything. Pace, precision, timing. It was just what Man City needed on the road and it appeared to demoralize Man United. As of halftime, it’s 3-0 to Man City on the road.
Heres a look at Silva’s exquisite strike:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows how to work a room.
The Manchester United legend as a player is pushing the right buttons to work his way into the category as a manager, though it’s very early days, after a 3-2 comeback win to beat Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.
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When it comes to the quotes he releases into the media for supporters to chew up, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer.
From The Manchester Evening News:
“We spoke about at half-time, just get some more urgency get the ball in the box, play more forward and the Stretford End will suck the ball in for you. I don’t want to take much away from Andreas and Romelu’s great finishes but we felt that support is just part of this club, this history, we’ve done it so many times before.”
To be fair, the charge for any new manager at Old Trafford is to restore the mystique of the venue for the opposition. Solskjaer’s done just that, and United is creeping into the picture for Top Three this season.
What an accomplishment and claim that would be for the Norwegian.
Manchester United was stunned, and not in a good way.
Frank Lampard? The opposite kind of surprise after his Derby County went into Old Trafford and knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup in penalties following a 2-2 thriller.
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“I’m shell shocked,” Lampard said. “What a performance. To go down early at Old Trafford and play as well as they did was superb. We had the personality to take penalties and play the way we did. I am a proud manager.”
United was ahead after three minutes thanks to Juan Mata, but Lampard’s Rams didn’t back down. They had more of the ball, more shots, and a 2-1 lead following goals from Harry Wilson and Jack Marriott.
But Marouane Fellaini scored in stoppage to set up penalty kicks. After 15 makes between the two sides, Phil Jones saw his effort saved and United’s League Cup run end at home.
Lampard said the night is a big one, and can be a significant mile marker for the club.
“I am trying to build a group to be successful and nights like this are incredible. To go against world-class players and play that way, it’s right up there.”
Manchester United could follow in the footsteps of Tottenham as the Premier League giants seek a temporary home in order to improve its existing stadium, however, the Red Devils are having issues finding a place to play in the mean time.
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The club is seeking a stadium improvement of over 9,000 seats, which the Red Devils believe cannot be done with the team still playing its matches there.
Tottenham, who is currently playing at London’s Wembley Stadium while its own venue is being constructed, is expected to move into its new stadium ahead of the 2018/19 PL season.
There is no current timetable for renovations to occur at Old Trafford.
United has played at Old Trafford since 1910, making it one of the oldest existing PL venues.