What national lockdown means for United games

Monday 04 January 2021 22:00

The announcement that England is moving into a new period of national lockdown in a bid to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 may have caused Manchester United supporters to wonder how the club's fixtures may be affected.

Unlike the state of play in March last year when the coronavirus pandemic first affected daily life, elite professional sport will be allowed to continue and therefore United's matches, for both the men's team and women's team, will go ahead as things stand.

Official guidance on the new lockdown restrictions, published on Gov.uk in support of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's live address on national TV this Monday evening, states that venues "for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities)" are exempt from the mandatory closure of many other businesses.

However, United's home games will be played behind closed doors, just as they have been at Old Trafford and Leigh Sports Village this season.

The last time the Reds were permitted to play in front of a crowd at Old Trafford was on Sunday 8 March 2020 when Manchester City were the opponents.

The same visitors are due to be at the Theatre of Dreams again this Wednesday evening, as our 2020/21 campaign continues with a Carabao Cup semi-final that will kick off at 19:45 GMT and be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports.

Everyone at Manchester United hopes our supporters everywhere stay safe and remain well, and join us in following the guidelines.