By Andrew Embling
- Fans evacuated from within Old Trafford twenty minutes before
- Game to be re-scheduled with the date to announced at a later date
Manchester United’s final league game of the season was dramatically abandoned after a suspect package was found in the stands at Old Trafford.
With fans taking their seats minute before the start of the final home fixture of what had been a disappointing season for the Old Trafford, news filtered through that there had been a code red incident and stewards were seen evacuating the North and West stands.
Those in the South and East stands were told to remain in their seats as the police and authorities investigated the incident, with kick off expected to be delayed by around 45 minutes.
But shortly after the announcement was made that the game had been sensationally abandoned as police sniffer dogs were seen walking around the evacuated stands.
Greater Manchester have announced that a controlled explosion has been carried out by bomb disposal experts inside the ground.
Latest update: A controlled explosion has just been carried out within the stadium by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford. More to follow.
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 15, 2016
The game will be re-scheduled in due course, but with United set to face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final next weekend the Premier League may find it difficult to find new date in what would complete the league fixtures for this season.
After Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Swansea this afternoon. United faint hopes of Champions League qualification are now over but will still be looking to finish their league campaign with a win.