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Oh dear!

So the press report that the whole affair was dealt with well but that's not what I'm getting from @manc1976 who was there and experienced it.

Anyway game to be replayed Tuesday so it'll be interesting to see who plays. I do feel for the Bournemouth fans though who will have another long commute on a weeknight.
 

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Statement on Bournemouth match - Official Manchester United Website

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “The safety of the fans is our number one aim at every event we host at Old Trafford. Overall, I'm proud of how our staff responded.

The facts are:

• On the discovery of a suspect package, the police and the club worked quickly and closely to identify the threat, make people safe and evacuate the ground calmly and efficiently.
• Fans of both clubs behaved impeccably and the evacuation – the first of its type in the UK – was a complete success.
• Following investigation, the device proved to have been left in error following the training of dog handlers by a sub contractor.
• The contractor had signed the device as having been recovered along with the 13 other devices at the end of the exercise.
• That device could not have been detected by sniffer dogs on the routine matchday search of the 100 Club, as it contained no explosives and was used in an exercise training handlers not dogs.

“Once a live situation was identified, the club and police had no option but to treat the matter as a potential terror threat; we could not have assumed it was a training exercise error. Presented with the same situation in the future, we would take the same action.

“We have worked very closely with the police and counter-terrorism specialists for many years now and enjoy their support on a daily basis.

“For tomorrow’s (Tuesday) rearranged match against Bournemouth, we are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to ensure that robust security measures continue to be of the highest priority.

“We are conducting a detailed evaluation with the help of the police and will share our findings across the rest of the game. Valuable lessons will have been learned from yesterday’s events and it is important that those are shared with other stadium operators to ensure that the safety of the public remains the first duty of us all.”
 

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Think this game is going to be flat as a pancake. Can see LVG playing some fringe players now, the Bournemouth players are going to be annoyed they aren't on holiday. Gonna be one of those games I think, personally I would give the fringe players a chance and tell them to get out there and prove you deserve to stay in the summer!

De Gea
Varela
Smalling
Tuanzebe
Borthwick-Jackson

Weir
Rooney

Depay
Pereira
Martial

Rashford

Line up a bit wishful thinking? Probably!
 

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De Gea
Varela
Smalling
Tuanzebe
Borthwick-Jackson

Weir
Rooney

Depay
Pereira
Martial

Rashford

Wishful thinking for sure... I can't see us risking DDG, Smalling, Borthwick-Jackson, Rooney, Martial or Rashford though it would be good to see such a blend.
 

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Team: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.
 

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Well... I am surprised... And I don't quite get why LVG is taking such an unnecessary risk but there you go.

No doubt a key player will now be injured in a meaningless game but hey that's LVG and his brilliant mind for you.
 

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Oh LVG, why so strong of a line-up, it's unnecessary!

Just 19 goals and we are in the CL!
 

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Good grief! This has got to be the end! Please someone make it end!
 

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Has ever there been a more nailed on 0-0. Hope I'm wrong but geez this is dull!
 

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Great goal but that was a really awful half of football. Nothing happened prior to the goal.
 

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So we didn't quite score enough then! So close yet so far...

Glad to hear Rooney played really well and to see Rashford score again though on a serious note.
 

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Lost out twice to City on goal difference in recent years. So frustrating.
 
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