Greater Manchester Police have described the “suspect package” at Old Trafford as an “incredibly lifelike explosive device”.
The authorities have also confirmed that the found device “wasn’t viable” - indicating the incident had been an elaborate hoax.
The bomb scare forced the evacuation of everyone inside the 76,000-capacity stadium and the subsequent abandonment of Manchester United’s final Premier League match of the season against Bournemouth.
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It’s currently unclear when United and Bournemouth will play, although the match isn’t expected to take place on Monday. Stan Collymore understands that the game is likely to be played at 8pm on Tuesday.
The Red Devils, however, will want the match played as soon as possible with Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace now less than a week away.
Because United are extremely unlikely to secure a top-four finish - City’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City means they must beat Bournemouth 19-0 to leapfrog Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the league table - Louis van Gaal is likely to rest all of his key players for the rearranged fixture.
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