Man Utd clash with West Brom will go ahead despite cyber attack at Old Trafford

Manchester United have been hit by a cyber attack but their Premier League match against West Brom on Saturday will still go ahead. United released a statement on Friday evening regarding the incident. The club say they are unaware of any breach of personal data after their cyber defences “shut down” the affected systems.

United are set to welcome winless West Brom to Old Trafford for an 8pm kick off on Saturday.

And the official club statement confirmed the match will be played as planned.

The statement reads: “Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems.

“The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimise the ongoing IT disruption.

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“Although this is a sophisticated operation by organised cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this risk.

“Our cyber defences identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data.

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“Club media channels, including our website and app, are unaffected and we are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers.

“All critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and tomorrow’s game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead.”

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United are currently 14th in the Premier League table after seven matches of the campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eased pressure on himself with victory over Everton before the international break.

The Red Devils have picked up just one point from their opening four matches at home this season.

And Solskjaer says the lack of a crowd is a big reason for that.

“Home and away, it’s different. It’s not what it used to be,” Solskjaer said.

“We’ve had four home games in the league. The first one [against Crystal Palace]… we certainly look at it thinking we didn’t have any preparation.

“Palace deserved it, and Tottenham deserved a win after a sending-off that Anthony [Martial] shouldn’t have [happened].

“But the two games against Chelsea and Arsenal were very close games. I’m 100 per cent sure that, if we had our fans, that would have helped and maybe sparked us [with] that little X-factor that we needed.

“It’s something we want to correct, of course: we want to go against West Brom now and get our first home win in the league, hopefully.

“But it’s a different sensation now, playing without the fans behind the goal at Stretford End. They know how to score a goal for us.”

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