Manchester United reportedly ready to introduce safe standing

Manchester United have requested permission to introduce safe standing at Old Trafford before the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail.

They report that United have been in touch with the relevant local authority over 1,500 rail seats.

Those seats would apparently be in the North East quadrant at Old Trafford, aimed at increasing safety in an area where there is persistent standing already.

United are waiting to hear back from the Safety Advisory Group, a partnership between the local authority and other interested parties such as the fire service and police, before getting the go-ahead.

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The report says a trial of safe standing may even happen during the current season if United hear back in time.

Improve the atmosphere?

Old Trafford can still be rocking for the big games but there has been a decline in the noise levels for a number of years now.

This change is clearly geared towards safety first and foremost but if there was an area where persistent standing was encouraged, it certainly would harm the atmosphere.

United still have plenty to do to increase the volume given that the price of tickets and the standard of football are just two of the problems the club is having in terms of generating a good atmosphere on a regular basis on matchday.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.