Old Trafford was evacuated this afternoon following a ‘code red’ security alert, meaning Manchester United’s must-win match at home to Bournemouth was abandoned.
United and Louis van Gaal were preparing to play their final Premier League match of the season, knowing a win, coupled with a Manchester City defeat at Swansea, would take them into fourth place in the Premier League and a Champions League spot for next season.
But any expected drama was soon taking place off the pitch, with officials announcing that the match would be delayed by 45 minutes whilst a security threat was looked into.
Not too long afterwards, the match was abandoned entirely, with fans inside the stadium puzzled and frustrated:
The moment it was announced at Old Trafford that the match had been abandoned pic.twitter.com/tnMsOxFXbR
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 15, 2016
At the time this article was published, police and bomb disposal experts were said to be looking into the incident, with sniffer dogs called in and the army on its way:
Police dogs are inspecting Old Trafford to look for the "suspect package."
Army disposal unit is on the way now. pic.twitter.com/qc73eP68gi
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) May 15, 2016
The current scene at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/5Xwb5vPkn4
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) May 15, 2016
It remains to be seen when the proposed match will eventually be played, if at all, with City currently beating Swansea and United having the FA Cup final to prepare for next week.