Manchester United are set to wait until after the FA Cup final to play their abandoned final game of the season against Bournemouth.
At around 2.40pm an announcement was made for security personnel to invoke ‘operation red code’, and the Stretford End and Sir Alex Ferguson Stand were evacuated. Shortly after 3.15pm, those remaining in the ground were informed the game was off.
A suspect package was discovered in the North West Quadrant, and shortly before 4pm a bomb disposal unit van was seen arriving at the stadium.
Greater Manchester Police have since announced in a statement on Twitter: “A controlled explosion has just been carried out within the stadium by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford.”
The final match of the Premier League season for both teams will now have to be played at a later date.
United are busy next Saturday when they face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final, after which many of their players will disperse for international duty ahead of Euro 2016.
The league intends to rearrange the match “as soon as practically possible”, but it now appears that will be after the cup game at Wembley.
Manchester City’s 1-1 draw at Swansea means United are unable to secure Champions League qualification via a top-four finish due to a far inferior goal difference. However they can move above Southampton into fifth position with a win or a draw.
Bournemouth can move up one place above Crystal Palace with a draw and two places if they secure maximum points at Old Trafford.