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Red faces over Manchester United Old Trafford 'bomb' alert as object is found to be training device

By Andy Hampson

Published 16/05/2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A general view as fans are evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A general view as fans are evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A bag is searched in the stands prior to the match being abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Old Trafford ahead of the game against Bournemouth on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A sniffer dog during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs (R) watches as Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (L) and Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata warm up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs controls a ball as his players warm up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (R) warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A general view after fans were evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (C) and Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (R) warm up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United leaves the field with team mates before the match was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United leaves the field with team mates before the match was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Manchester United players leave the field before the match was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands after fans were evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A steward evacuates fans from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground prior to the match being abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: A general view as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Fans leave Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Fans evacuate Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A sniffer dog searches the stands after fans evacuated Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground prior to the match being abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands prior to the match being abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A sniffer dog searches the stands after fans evacuated Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands prior to the match being abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands prior to the match being abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground prior to the match being abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A line of security outside Old Trafford after today's final match of the season was abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A line of security outside Old Trafford after today's final match of the season was abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Staff and supporters outside of Old Trafford after today's final match of the season was abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A Bomb Disposal vehicle outside of Old Trafford after today's final match of the season was abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A sniffer dog searches behind one of the goals at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A Bomb Disposal vehicle outside of Old Trafford after today's final match of the season was abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols as the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Stewards outside the ground during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth at Old Trafford has been abandoned. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Mounted police outside Old Trafford during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Sniffer dogs and a patrol team wait pitchside after the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A sniffer dog on the pitch after a security alert at the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth at Old Trafford has been abandoned. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Sniffer dogs and a patrol team wait pitchside after the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
An empty stand at the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A fans with a small child leave the stadium after today's match at Old Trafford was abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth at Old Trafford has been abandoned. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A sniffer dog on the pitch after a security alert during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog is seen pitchside after the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
An empty stand after a security alert during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United fans evacuated from Old Trafford by security, police and stewards after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols pitchside after the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog is seen pitchside after the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Stewards and Police outside of the stadium after the match was abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth at Old Trafford has been abandoned. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Simon Peach/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fans and stewards outside the ground during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands as the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols pitchside after the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United fans evacuated from Old Trafford by mounted police after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United fans evacuated from Old Trafford by security, police and stewards after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fans leave the ground after a security alert during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fans leave the stands after a security alert during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United fans evacuated from Old Trafford by mounted police after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands as the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Security with sniffer dogs search the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Security with sniffer dogs search the stands ground during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of an evacuated Old Trafford after a security alert during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: Police on horseback patrol outside after the game was abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Players leave the field before the match was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Police outside Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Manchester United players leave the field before the match was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Bournemouth fans hold scarves ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans wait in the ground as parts are evacuated shortly before the game was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans wait in the ground as parts are evacuated shortly before the game was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands as the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans wait in the ground as parts are evacuated shortly before the game was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Police patrol outside after the game was abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Police patrol outside after the game was abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A mounted police officer marshalls fans outside Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Police patrol outside after the game was abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans wait in the ground as parts are evacuated shortly before the game was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Police patrol outside after the game was abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans wait in the ground as parts are evacuated shortly before the game was abandoned prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Memphis Depay leaves Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fans evacuated from Old Trafford by security, police and stewards after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Police patrol outside after the game was abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Phil Jones leaves Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fans evacuated from Old Trafford by security, police and stewards after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fans evacuated from Old Trafford by security, police and stewards after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fans evacuated from Old Trafford by security, police and stewards after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Security cordon around Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fire Engines arrive at Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A fire engine arrives at the ground following a security alert and the subsequent match abandonment of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A Bomb Desposal Unit van is seen under the grandstand following a security alert and the subsequent match abandonment of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The bomb disposal vehicle is seen at Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's David De Gea (left) and Ander Herrera (right) leave Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's David De Gea and Ander Herrera leave Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Members of staff wait outside the ground following a security alert and the subsequent match abandonment of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Fire service outside Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester is abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fire Engines arrive at Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Members of the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal unit are seen under the grandstand following a security alert and the subsequent match abandonment of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
AFC Bournemouth coach leaves Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match in Manchester is abandoned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A fire engine arrives at the ground following a security alert and the subsequent abandonment of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
van Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal (R) waves as he is driven away from Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal waves as he is driven away from Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal (R) waves as he is driven away from Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Fire Engines and fire fighters arrive at Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: The Bournemouth coach leaves the ground after it was abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Members of Bournemouth staff leave following a security alert and the subsequent abandonment of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: A general view as fans are evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
A sniffer dog works on the side of the pitch following the evacuation of Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher runs across the road as he leaves Old Trafford after the match is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Fire engines arrive at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. 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. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Bomb disposal van leaves Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Bomb disposal van leaves Old Trafford after the game is abandoned during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A British Army Bomb Disposal Unit truck (R) leaves Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 15, 2016, after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. Experts blew up an "incredibly lifelike explosive device" which forced the evacuation of Old Trafford stadium ahead of Manchester United's Premier League match against Bournemouth on Sunday. "Bomb disposal experts carried out controlled explosion at Old Trafford on what is described as incredibly lifelike explosive device," Greater Manchester Police said on its Twitter account. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A bomb disposal unit is seen outside Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth was posponed due to a bomb scrae on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A bomb disposal unit is seen outside Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth was posponed due to a bomb scrae on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A bomb disposal unit is seen outside Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth was posponed due to a bomb scrae on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A bomb disposal unit is seen outside Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth was posponed due to a bomb scrae on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A bomb disposal unit is seen outside Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth was posponed due to a bomb scrae on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Fans are evacuated from the ground as the match is abandoned ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: A general view as fans are evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A sniffer dog patrols the stands as the match is abandoned with fans evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

A fake bomb left over from a training exercise led to the abandonment of Manchester United's final Premier League game of the season, police revealed in a major embarrassment for the club.

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a mobile phone taped to a gas pipe after evacuating the stadium shortly before the scheduled kick-off of United's clash against Bournemouth, now rescheduled for tomorrow night.

The item was initially said to be an "incredibly lifelike explosive device" but was later revealed to be a dummy left over from an exercise involving a private firm.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward promised a full investigation as Greater Manchester's mayor and police & crime commissioner, Tony Lloyd, called the episode "a fiasco" and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

The match has been rearranged for tomorrow at 8pm, four days before United play Crystal Palace at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

A problematic day for the club was compounded by news of neighbours Manchester City drawing at Swansea to all but secure fourth place, at United’s expense.

GMP assistant chief constable John O’Hare said of the Old Trafford incident: “Following today’s controlled explosion, we have since found out that the item was a training device which had accidentally been left by a private company following a training exercise involving explosive search dogs.

“Whilst it did not turn out to be a viable explosive, on appearance this device was as real as could be, and the decision to evacuate was the right thing to do, until we could be sure that people were not at risk.

“Everyone remained calm, followed instructions, and worked with officers and stewards to ensure that a safe evacuation was quickly completed. Those present today were a credit to the football family and their actions should be recognised.

“I would also like to thank all those involved in the operation for such a professional response, which includes police officers, stewards, MUFC staff, media representatives and commentators and the bomb disposal team.”

The device was discovered in toilets in the North West Quadrant of the stadium as the 75,000-capacity ground was filling up. It became apparent there was an issue at around 2.40pm when an announcement was made for security personnel to invoke ‘operation red code’.

The Stretford End and the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand were both evacuated. At around 3.15pm, all spectators were told the match had been called off and that they should also leave.

Bomb disposal experts were called in and an explosion was carried out at 4.30pm.

Woodward said: “The safety of fans is always our highest priority. I’d like to thank the support from the police which was first class and the impeccable response from fans of both teams.

“The club takes security very seriously and staff are regularly trained with the police and emergency services to identify and deal with these incidents.

“We will investigate the incident to inform future actions and decisions.”

Mr Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s mayor and police & crime commissioner, demanded answers. He said: “It is outrageous this situation arose and a full inquiry is required to urgently find out how it happened, why it happened and who will be held accountable.

“This fiasco caused inconvenience to supporters, wasted the time of huge numbers of police officers and the army’s bomb squad, and unnecessarily put people in danger, as evacuating tens of thousands of people from a stadium is not without risk.”

It is understood that, as a goodwill gesture, United will offer supporters a refund as well as a free ticket for the rescheduled game.

A statement from the Premier League read: “We would like to thank Manchester United’s staff, the police and other emergency services for all their efforts today as well as rearranging the match for this coming Tuesday.

“Both Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth’s management has been extremely helpful in reaching a swift resolution, which is the best possible given today’s events.”

Belfast Telegraph

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