MANCHESTER: Police ordered Manchester United to abandon their final Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday after a suspicious package was discovered at Old Trafford. Tens of thousands of fans were ordered from the 75,600 capacity stadium when the alert was sounded about 20 minutes before the scheduled 1400 GMT kickoff.
MailOnline understands the device consisted of a mobile phone, attached to pipes. Police inspected the device at the Manchester ground and called in bomb experts to Old Trafford.
Police with sniffer dogs were seen inside Old Trafford stadium, which was evacuated 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time.
The Premier League has confirmed that Manchester United's abandoned match against Bournemouth will be rescheduled as soon as practically possible.
Manchester United's game against Bournemouth could be rescheduled for as quickly as tomorrow following the abandonment of Sunday's game at Old Trafford. The teams' final match of the season was called off following the discovery of a suspect package at the Theatre of Dreams.
Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium minutes before kick-off after a suspect package was found. Members of the Army Bomb Squad later went to the ground to examine what senior figures told the Independent appeared to be a phone attached to a gas pipe, but it was unclear if it was a viable explosive device. A controlled explosion was then carried out within the stadium.
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A Manchester United supporter from India attending his first ever game at Old Trafford was offered much sympathy on Twitter after their game with Bournemouth was called off. The supporter tweeted a picture of himself smiling outside the Theatre of Dreams wearing a Manchester United shirt and holding a Manchester United scarf above his head.