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Anderlecht v Manchester United: Ring of steel planned following Dortmund bomb attack

 

By Jim Gracey

Manchester United's Europa League quarter final tie against Anderlecht in Brussels tonight will be played amid the tightest security deployed for a football match in the nervous Belgian capital.

Belgian authorities have stepped up an already high state of terrorism alert following Tuesday night's triple bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus in the German city.

Defiant Dortmund lost 3-2 to Monaco in their rescheduled Champions League quarter-final tie last night. Now the focus switches to tonight's Europa League ties and, in particular, the high profile Anderlecht-Man United clash.

Brussels has been subject to higher security since March 22 last year, when co-ordinated attacks in the city killed 32 and injured many more.

Increased measures mean the city and all public events within it are subject to enforced security procedures, including army presence, extra security sweeps and controls.

These will be ramped up even further for the United game with Reds boss Jose Mourinho expressing solidarity with those impacted by the Dortmund bomb attack that injured player Marc Bartra.

Mourinho said: "Obviously there is solidarity with what happened.

"We have to trust the people that are working for our security.

"We have to believe that the match will just be what people want it to be, which is a very good match."

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