The UK Government confirmed today that Manchester will be placed in Tier 3 of England’s latest coronavirus restrictions, when the current period of national lockdown ends on 2 December.
That means no fans will yet be allowed back into Old Trafford for matches – as outlined in our club statement earlier.
The system is set to be reviewed again on 16 December, but for now the ground will remain empty for next Wednesday’s home Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, as well as the Manchester derby which is provisionally scheduled for Saturday 12 December.
Manchester: This season’s home derby is set to be played behind closed doors.
With the whole Greater Manchester region falling under the highest-level rulings, our crosstown rivals Manchester City will also have to wait before they welcome back supporters to their stadium. The same is true for a further eight Premier League clubs, including Sheffield United, who host the Reds on 15 December, and Leicester City, where United will travel on Boxing Day, although the restrictions may have been reviewed by then.
However, our next away game after the national lockdown is lifted – against West Ham at the London Stadium – could be played in front of up to 2,000 Hammers fans, after London was placed in Tier 2.
In principle, Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Tottenham may also be able to play in front of a small crowd next month. It should be noted that away fans are currently not permitted to attend, under existing guidelines.
Liverpool and Everton can open up their grounds for the first time since March too, as Merseyside is in Tier 2. United are due to play at Goodison Park on 23 December in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
Southampton – where the Reds travel on Sunday, before the new rules apply – is also in Tier 2, as is Brighton.
Premier League clubs will publish their own plans in due course, following consultation with local authorities.
We thank our fans for their continued patience and will keep them informed of further developments, including if the tiers change when reviewed next month.
For all the latest government guidance, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Merseyside: Goodison Park is one of 10 grounds set to allow fans in again soon.
TIER 2: HOME FANS ALLOWED (UP TO 2,000)*
|Arsenal||30 January 2021|
|Chelsea||27 February 2021|
|Crystal Palace||20 March 2021|
|Fulham||12 January 2021|
|Liverpool||16 January 2021|
|Southampton||29 November 2020|
|Tottenham||10 April 2021|
|West Ham||5 December 2020|
Leicester: The stands are set to be empty for our Boxing Day visit.
TIER 3: NO FANS PERMITTED*
|Aston Villa||8 May 2021|
|Leeds||24 April 2021|
|Leicester||26 December 2020|
|Manchester City||6 March 2021|
|Sheffield United||15 December 2020|
|West Brom||13 February 2021|
|Wolves||23 May 2021|
*Tier placements could change, subject to review. Match arrangements are subject to local approvals.
**Match dates could change for reasons including live TV schedules.
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