Man Utd apologise for dumping club legend out of Old Trafford seat | Football

Norman Whiteside has held a season ticket for over 25 years (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have issued an apology for dumping club legend Norman Whiteside out of his seat at Old Trafford.

Whiteside played 278 games for United and spent 11 years at the club between 1978 and 1989 having progressed through the youth academy.

The 58-year-old is considered a legendary figure for the Red Devils as the youngest player to score in both FA Cup and League Cup finals.

Whiteside has held a United season ticket for more than 25 years but the club are forcing him to relocate as they are restructuring hospitality areas at Old Trafford.

His wife Dee was left furious at the decision and posted on X: ‘So, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a loyal supporter.

‘Doesn’t matter if you played for your club, @ManUtd can just dump you from your seat when they feel like it, so they can expand exec seating! Absolute disgrace!’

United have since responded to her remarks as a club spokesman said: ‘We have the greatest respect for Norman as a legend of the club, and understand the disappointment caused to him and other season ticket-holders by seat relocations.

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Man Utd have explained why Norman Whiteside must move (Picture: Getty)

‘These happen for various reasons, including, next season, the moving of matchday hospitality seats into consolidated blocks to address fan concerns about them being dispersed around the stadium.

‘Other changes next season include the removal of hospitality seating from the Stretford End and installation of further rail seating in the North-West Quadrant, bringing benefits to many fans but also causing some disruption.

‘No additional hospitality seats are being created at the expense of season ticket-holders – in fact hospitality seating will reduce by more than 500 next season.

‘We are committed to working with all season ticket-holders affected by relocations, including Norman, to find them the best possible alternative seats elsewhere in the ground.’

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