Man United bomb scare: The truth behind Old Trafford’s horror

“Following today’s controlled explosion, we have since found out that the item was a training device which had accidentally been left by a private company following a training exercise involving explosive search dogs.

“Whilst this item did not turn out to be a viable explosive, on appearance this device was as real as could be, and the decision to evacuate the stadium was the right thing to do, until we could be sure that people were not at risk.”

Even so, the farcical events of yesterday afternoon have left United red-faced and their chief executive Edward Woodward admitted the club will “investigate the incident to inform future actions and decisions”.

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