Manchester United were right to abandon Bournemouth game, says Ed Woodward

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Manchester United chief executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted the club acted appropriately in their handling of the now-infamous bomb scare ahead of the Bournemouth game. 

The Red Devils should have ended their season on Sunday, but the game against the Cherries had to be rescheduled to Tuesday evening after Old Trafford had to evacuated due to a 'suspect package'. 

It's since been revealed that the 'incredibly life-like' package did not, in fact, contain any explosives, but was instead a device left behind by a security company who had been conducting a training exercise at the stadium. 


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United, and the security company, have both been slammed for the ridiculous blunder, which forced 3000 Bournemouth fans, and over 70,000 United supporters, some of whom had flown in for the game especially, to return home. 

Safety paramount 

However, in a statement released on United's official website, Woodward said: 

"The safety of the fans is our number one aim at every event we host at Old Trafford. Overall, I'm proud of how our staff responded.

"The contractor had signed the device as having been recovered along with the 13 other devices at the end of the exercise.

"That device could not have been detected by sniffer dogs on the routine matchday search of the 100 Club, as it contained no explosives and was used in an exercise training handlers not dogs.

"Once a live situation was identified, the club and police had no option but to treat the matter as a potential terror threat; we could not have assumed it was a training exercise error. Presented with the same situation in the future, we would take the same action."

United putting it right 

Greater Manchester Police have supported the decision to abandon the game, considering the information that was available to officials at the time, but Christopher Reid, a director of the security company in question, has raised questions over whether such drastic action was necessary. 

Admittedly, United have also attempted to put it right by offering to refund tickets and allow supporters in for free. 

A midweek fixture is the last thing they would have wanted, given the enormity of Saturday's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, a game which could define their season after they missed out on Champions League football despite not playing. 

Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Swansea means that United would have to beat Bournemouth by 19 goals on Tuesday night to displace them in fourth place. 

To be fair, there have been some ridiculous scenes at Old Trafford in the last few days, but that's probably not going to be one of them. 

Were United right to abandon the Bournemouth game? Have your say in the comments. 

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