By Billy Hawkins
17th April 2020,
Updated: 17th April 2020,
Old Trafford turned blue on Thursday night as Manchester United showed their support and paid tribute to the National Health Service.
The world-famous stadium had just three of the letters in ‘Manchester United’ lit up, leaving ‘NHS’ emblazoned on the arena.
United’s classy move was done to coincide with the weekly ‘Clap For Carers’ which has been taking place at 8pm every Thursday since the UK went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The stadium tribute followed the series of measures which the club announced last week to support the NHS and their local services.
Last week, the Red Devils announced their foundation had delivered more than 3,500 gifts to NHS staff, while the club offered their 16-vehicle fleet to the healthcare system to aid in courier operations.
Furthermore, United have donated medical equipment and consumables to Salford Royal, while they are also part of the Premier League’s £20million commitment to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups affected by the pandemic.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the Man United legend, spoke out last week to praise the club and the UK as a whole for the work they are doing in the fight against COVID-19.
The Scot said: “I’m delighted we are now recognising the importance of our NHS – as I experienced two years ago after they saved my life – the response to this pandemic has been magnificent and has made me proud of the way the club and the British people have rallied round to help. Well Done.”
Give COVID-19 the red card
The quicker we work together to stop coronavirus spreading, the sooner we can get back into the pubs, the gyms and stadiums and arenas to see live sport again…
STAY AT HOME. Only leave for the following purposes:
- to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
- to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
- for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
- to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.
The government has also issued further detail on what we can do during lockdown.
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.