Manchester United defend decision to take 10-minute flight to Leicester

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Manchester United took a 10-minute plane journey to Leicester ahead of Saturday's Premier League match

Manchester United took a 10-minute plane journey to Leicester ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match (Picture: Eamon Clarke)

Manchester United have defended their decision to travel by plane in a bid to beat congestion on the M6 ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Leicester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are back in action after the two-week international break, but were forced to alter their pre-match plans due ‘circumstances’ that were beyond their control, according to the BBC.

United would normally travel by coach or train, but opted to make the 100-mile journey, which took just 10 minutes, by flying to the east Midlands.

Nemanja Matic and Diogo Dalot are in the Manchester United squad for Saturday's game against Leicester City

Nemanja Matic and Diogo Dalot are in the Manchester United squad for Saturday’s game against Leicester City (Picture: Eamon Clarke)

Short-haul domestic flights have been banned in France in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and help prevent global warming.

Premier League giants United underlined their commitment to environmental causes last year by signing a deal with Renewable Energy Group and at the time said they wanted to ‘raise awareness of how people can contribute towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for our planet.’

Amid significant backlash and in response to BBC questions around the travel plans, United said they:

  • Have a policy to purchase certified green electricity for all club buildings and facilities.
  • Achieved the Carbon Trust Standard certification for a sixth consecutive year in 2020.
  • Achieved 12 consecutive years of energy and carbon reductions through the Manchester United Energy & Carbon Reduction Programme.
  • Have reduced annual carbon emissions by over 2,700 tonnes since 2008.

On the pitch, meanwhile, United are likely to be boosted by the return of Marcus Rashford who has made a fully recovery following the shoulder surgery which has prevented him from making a single appearance so far this season.

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said: ‘Marcus is in the squad, yes. If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now because it wouldn’t be right.

‘But he’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off and he’s been bright this week.

‘He had a 60-minute involvement behind closed doors last week, so he’s fit and raring to go.’


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