Charity to Feature on Man Utd Advertising Boards for Old Trafford Return

Manchester United v Watford FC - Premier League
Old Trafford will play host to a key match in the battle for a Champions League spot | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Fans watching Manchester United's return to Old Trafford on Wednesday night mat notice that the club's advertising hoardings will be promoting the work of MND Scotland (Motor Neurone Disease Scotland).

The Red Devils came back to Premier League action against Tottenham on Friday evening, snatching a 1-1 draw after falling behind to a Steven Bergwijn opener, and host Sheffield United on Wednesday in their first home game for more than 15 weeks.

The advertising space has been donated by United sponsor Chivas – who have extended their partnership with their Charity of the Year until 2021 – and will now also feature MND Scotland’s ‘text to donate’ number.

As people with motor neurone disease are among those for whom COVID-19 can be especially dangerous, the aim is to promote awareness of the charity and raise funds for them in an especially challenging time.

The charity's head of fundraising, Iain McWhirter, said: “People with MND are already under attack from a devastating disease, which threatens their freedom and security; emotionally, physically and financially. With the outbreak of coronavirus, these same individuals are now under threat from a second disease.

"Being donated a platform by Chivas which offers exposure and potential donations from a global audience is such an incredible gesture. Everyone dreams of getting onto the pitch at Old Trafford; we’ll use our chance to help relegate MND to history.”

Manchester United v Manchester City - Premier League
Old Trafford will host its first game in over 15 weeks on Wednesday evening | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The match kicks off at 6pm in the UK on Sky Sports, and could be the first time fans get to see the midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes start together after the former's recovery from injury and latter's January arrival from Portugal.

For more from Chris Deeley, follow him on Twitter at @ThatChris1209!