Your guide to United's return to action
Football returns this week but not quite as we all know it. We’ve put together a Q&A to explain some of the differences for Manchester United fans ahead of the season restart.
For supporters in the UK, the broadcast arrangements for the our first four rearranged matches have been confirmed:
19 June: Tottenham v United, Premier League, live on Sky Sports
24 June: United v Sheffield United, Premier League, live on Sky Sports and Sky Pick*
27 June: Norwich v United, Emirates FA Cup, live on BBC
30 June: Brighton v United, Premier League, live on Sky Sports and Sky Pick*
*Sky Pick is a free-to-air channel and is available on channel 159 on Sky and 144 on Freeview.
International fans should continue to visit premierleague.com for country-specific scheduling information.
Yes and we would encourage season-ticket holders to check their emails for all the details on the following promotions:
MUTV - Season Ticket holders new to MUTV will be offered free access to MUTV Digital for two months. While the Premier League matches won’t be broadcast live on MUTV, our own coverage will be enhanced with alternative commentaries, analysis and build-up.
SKY SPORTS - Along with Sky Sports and the Premier League, we are delighted to confirm that Season Ticket holders who don’t already have access to Sky Sports, will receive two day-passes to Sky Sports channels via the NOW TV streaming platform. Voucher codes will be emailed directly to Season Ticket holders.BT SPORT - At this stage, we have not had any of our home games confirmed to be shown on BT Sport. We are in contact with BT Sport and will communicate further on this, if any of our games are selected to be shown on that channel.
For home games, Season Ticket holders will have access to a free digital version of United Review, the club's official matchday programme. A limited number of physical copies will also be available to be purchased online.
What will Old Trafford look and sound like without fans in attendance?
We know that nothing can replace the roar of the crowd as a packed stadium gets behind the team. But we’ll still be working to make an empty Theatre of Dreams look amazing for the players and for the millions watching at home.
Over 40,000 fans responded to our call to upload their photo to be included in giant fan mosaic banners that will be laid out over the stands inside Old Trafford.
Separate to this, in line with Premier League guidance that will see a standardised approach across the grounds, we will dress the rest of the stadium with a mixture of banners that will include the club crest and colours, messages of support to frontline workers, ‘United against Racism’, and messages of thanks and solidarity with our fans.
Crowd noise will not be played inside the stadium during games, but fans watching from home can select the option to choose atmospheric audio over the match footage as part of the broadcast. This has been created for use across the Premier League using the team-specific FIFA 20 game audio.
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The Manchester United Official App is is the best matchday companion to ensure you don’t miss a beat. Our dedicated team reports live from the stadium, to ensure you’ll be first to hear official team news, real-time in-game stats, live images, and exclusive interviews from players, pundits and fans. It’s also the only place to have your say and vote for our official Man of the Match.
Additionally, fans can now get involved, by using the #UnitedAtHome hashtag to upload their celebrations, team talks and home videos, to be in with a chance of being featured in our live matchday blog.
Live video feeds featuring at least 16 United supporters will be made available to broadcasters to include in their matchday coverage. Fans from our official supporters clubs across the world have made themselves available for selection for each Premier League match.
We have also launched ‘On the Pitch’, a new initiative that will give fans the opportunity to appear virtually, on the digital boards around the ground. To be in with the chance of appearing, United fans are invited to submit their best celebration - cheering, dancing, singing – via the official club app, and those videos could be used during the match or on other Manchester United channels.
Will there be anything for supporters to do at the stadium on matchday?
No, it is really very important that supporters do not to travel to any stadiums where we are playing on matchdays. By supporting from home and following government guidance, you will be playing your part to keep your friends, your family and all United fans safe. This united effort to stay at home will give us the best chance of protecting the health of everyone in our community.
While the official Manchester United Megastore reopened on Monday 15 June, with a variety of measures in place to protect the health of customers and staff, it will not be open on the day of any Manchester United home match.
The Museum and Stadium Tour, and the Red Cafe will remain closed until further notice, in line with government guidelines.
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How will United acknowledge frontline workers at the matches?
There will be a moment’s silence to recognise those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 at the Tottenham Hotspur game and an NHS logo will appear on the front of our shirt for all remaining Premier League games this season.
This follows the extensive practical support we have provided to the NHS locally here in Manchester in recent months, as well as our ‘Frontline Heroes’ campaign, which will be prominently displayed in the stadium..
Manchester United has also given its full support to a powerful statement against racism made by players from all 20 Premier League clubs. The club will feature prominent anti-racism messages in the stadium and has backed plans to display anti-racism messages on club shirts when games resume.
Will VAR be in operation?
Yes, VAR will continue to be in operation at all Premier League games. The VAR set-up will be configured in a way at Old Trafford in order to allow for social distancing.Will there be media interviews and press conferences after each match?
Yes, post-match broadcast interviews will take place pitchside with social distancing exercised. Boom microphones must be used and cleaned between interviews.
Pre- and post-match press conferences with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the media will take place via video calls to ensure fans can get all the build-up and reaction to the key match incidents.