Manchester United and Bournemouth will return to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening to play the final game of the Premier League season, the league has announced.
The game was originally due to be played on Sunday alongside all the other games in week 38 of the season, but was abandoned after a suspect package was discover in the north west quadrant of the ground.
The bomb disposal squad was called in and a controlled explosion carried out within the stadium. Greater Manchester Police described it as an “incredibly lifelike explosive device” but added that the “device wasn’t viable.”
– Premier League (@premierleague) May 15, 2016
The rearranged game will kick off at 8 p.m. BST, according to a league statement.
“We can confirm that today’s abandoned fixture between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth will be played Tuesday 17 May at 8 p.m.,” the statement read.
“We would like to thank Manchester United’s staff, the police and other emergency services for all their efforts today as well as rearranging the match for this coming Tuesday.
“Both Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth’s management has been extremely helpful.”
BREAKING: Today’s abandoned fixture between #mufc and Bournemouth will be played on Tuesday 17 May at 20:00 BST.
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 15, 2016
United need a point to secure a direct place in next season’s Europa League group stage, though they could also earn that with victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
If United lose at home to Bournemouth, and in the FA Cup final, they would enter the Europa League in the third qualifying round at the end of July.
Any hopes of sneaking into the Champions League are purely mathematical, as United would need to beat Bournemouth by 19 goals to overhaul Man City in fourth.