Man Utd to work with Whiteside on new seat after criticism over relocation
Manchester United insist they will work with Norman Whiteside to find him a new seat at Old Trafford after the former player’s wife branded the decision to move him an “absolute disgrace”.
Whiteside, a legendary figure at the club as the youngest player to score in both FA Cup and League Cup finals, has held his United season ticket for more than 25 years, meaning his name is on a silver plaque on his seat.
But he has been told he will have to move location for next season as United restructure hospitality areas at the stadium and aim to accommodate current players’ families. Several season ticket holders in section S122, which is in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand to the right of the tunnel, have been informed they will need to relocate, causing upset for several.
Whiteside’s wife Dee wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “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!”
She added: “I’d like to make clear that this post is not just about Norman. There are a whole block of loyal supporters who expressed their views to me at the West Ham game, but they feel as if they have no voice or platform to voice their anger.”
The upheaval comes because United are getting rid of the executive section behind the goal in the Stretford End, and looking to group together hospitality seats which have previously been dispersed around the ground. United insist the overall number of hospitality seats will reduce by 500.
A club spokesperson 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.
“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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