United fans rally around Sierra Leone supporter whose dream trip to Old Trafford was ruined

A Manchester United fan from Sierra Leone whose dream trip to Old Trafford was ruined by the game's abandonment will have an extended trip funded by supporters.

The man known as 'Moses' was one of many overseas visitors left frustrated when a security alert led to the postponement of United's final Barclays Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Moses, who works in security in the west African country, had been invited by friends at the Manchester United Supporters Trust and some of their members were quick to step in to ease his disappointment.

They have offered to pay for a later return flight home and to fix him up with a ticket for next week's FA Cup final at Wembley between United and Crystal Palace.

Ian Stirling, vice chair of MUST, said: "A friend of mine worked with Moses out in Sierra Leone and he said he should come over some time for a game.

"We were at the MUST House having a few drinks before the game when news came out there was a suspect package and the game would be delayed until 3.45pm.

"That was unusual but no real concern, but then when we heard the game was abandoned we had to tell Moses and the poor lad was distraught - being so close to the ground and not being able to go in, not knowing when he might get this chance again.

Bomb disposal van leaves Old Trafford after the game is abandoned. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Bomb disposal van leaves Old Trafford after the game is abandoned. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

"We had a quick discussion between us and we've agreed to rearrange his flight - so he'll fly home next week instead of tomorrow - and sort him out with a ticket for the FA Cup final. A couple of friends will put him up in Manchester as well.

"He's still distraught at not getting into Old Trafford - that was his dream - but we're trying to do the right thing for a friend."

More in this Section

Laois's one-point win keeps them in Division 1 hurling for another yearLaois's one-point win keeps them in Division 1 hurling for another year

Dublin sucker Donegal with late onslaught stealing one-point winDublin sucker Donegal with late onslaught stealing one-point win

Cork footballers make it four from four after tight Tipp tussleCork footballers make it four from four after tight Tipp tussle

Jesus spares Aguero’s blushes as Manchester City edge victory at LeicesterJesus spares Aguero’s blushes as Manchester City edge victory at Leicester


Lifestyle

Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

More From The Irish Examiner