Old Trafford's special tribute to the NHS
Old Trafford will be lit up in blue tonight (Thursday) with our famous Manchester United sign spelling out ‘NHS United’, in tribute to the brave and dedicated National Health Service staff across the UK.
This move will coincide with the weekly 'Clap For Carers' which has been taking place at 20:00 BST every Thursday since the country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the Theatre of Dreams is not normally bathed in blue, of course, the unprecedented colour change has been organised to recognise the extraordinary efforts of the frontline workers who are treating COVID-19 patients and saving lives.
The stadium tribute follows the package of measures which the club announced last week to support local NHS services.
Thousands of gifts and food packages have been distributed to NHS trusts across the Manchester area. Staff are being encouraged to volunteer for the NHS and a fleet of Manchester United Foundation vehicles are on standby to help with NHS courier operations.
Sir Alex Ferguson said last week: “I’m delighted we are now recognising the importance of our NHS.
"The response to this pandemic has been magnificent and has made me proud of the way the club and the British people have rallied round to help.”
For the latest updates on how the club is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, follow manutd.com/liveblog.