Manchester United hoping for 12,000 fans at Old Trafford for Premier League opener
Manchester United are currently negotiating to have 12,000 fans back in Old Trafford for their opening Premier League game against Crystal Palace on September 19.
United's chiefs are set to hold a meeting with the relevant authorities on Thursday in order to determine whether they can hold a trial run for supporters to be in the stadium for the game.
After the game against Palace, United will then host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford just two weeks later, and they are determined to have the number of fans allowed inside the stadium boosted.
However, approval for the Palace game is crucial, as United would then need to hold another test event before actually moving on to expanding the number of fans allowed.
United released a statement saying: "We are working with the Premier League, DCMS, SGSA and the local authorities on planning a safe return of fans to matches at Old Trafford as soon as it is permitted."
They added that they "are preparing for a large number of possible eventualities and reviewing the options for the first test event and we will only confirm this once the relevant local and national approvals have been agreed."
This comes less than 24 hours after the government announced social gatherings will be restricted to a limit of just six people.
However, sporting events have been omitted from this restriction, yet there are several key aspects concerning this, including public disorder.
When Old Trafford is full, United have around £4 million generated in revenue, a major part of their income, driving the club to gain the fans back as soon as possible.