Old Trafford's three new changes for Arsenal match

Thursday 02 December 2021 10:00

Manchester United fans attending Thursday night's Premier League fixture against Arsenal may notice several changes to the appearance of Old Trafford.

It's been nearly a month since the last home game at the Theatre of Dreams, with our three most recent matches all played away from home at Watford, Villarreal and Chelsea.

The first and most notable update supporters will see is a new stadium mural on the outside of the East Stand which pays tribute to the Frontline Heroes who have played such a crucial role over the past two years during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In October, the club's principal sponsor, TeamViewer, invited fans to nominate those who have contributed special efforts during the pandemic, and the submissions were inspiring. Three winning heroes will attend the Arsenal match thanks to TeamViewer's campaign, which you can read more about below.

Thank you, Frontline Heroes


Three Reds will attend Thursday's game with Arsenal after winning TeamViewer's competition.

As well as a new stadium mural, the Frontline Heroes campaign is also featured in our matchday programme, United Review.

Another important campaign at Thursday's game is linked to our support for the Rainbow Laces movement. In our game against Chelsea on Sunday, Bruno Fernandes captained United and donned a rainbow armband to highlight the Premier League's longstanding commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion and make clear that football is for everyone.

The Arsenal match will provide the first opportunity for fans to see the new Rainbow Devils banner on the second tier of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

Rainbow Devils are United's LGBTQ+ supporters' club and the banner will provide a highly visible symbol of support for all our LGBTQ+ fans around the world. The group was formed in February 2019 and works to empower lesbian, gay, bi and transgender United supporters and create a safe and inclusive space within the game of football.

Members of the Rainbow Devils pose in front of the new banner.

The group's chair, Eric Najib, said: "For us the big thing was getting visibility in the ground and we're really pleased to do that."

The final thing fans might notice will come just ahead of kick-off. United fans in the Stretford End have arranged for a surfer flag in tribute to former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be shown ahead of the match.

The banner was unfurled previously at Ole's first game as permanent manager in 2019.
It's our first home game since Solskjaer left his role as manager in November and supporters are eager to show their support for the club legend. The flag, which reads '2OLEGEND' is not a newly produced one, and has been on show before, but will be an important gesture of recognition for a figure who has given so much for the club.