Report: Manchester United to Ask PSG for Damages After Fans Rip Out 800 Seats

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Paris Saint-Germain fans look on prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United will reportedly ask Paris Saint-Germain for reimbursement after French fans caused substantial damage at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

According to Steve Robson of the Manchester Evening News, the 3,500 travelling contingent "damaged or ripped out" 800 seats in the away end during the UEFA Champions League match in Manchester.

The PSG supporters sang for hours as their side captured a 2-0 lead in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie, and United will request the French champions pay for the vandalism at the world-famous stadium.

Trams were also damaged as PSG supporters travelled around the city centre before the clash.

United must undertake the repairs before Liverpool face the Red Devils at the Theatre of Dreams on February 24.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Paris Saint-Germain fans light flares prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

It was a highly successful night for the Parisian club on the pitch. The French giants defended in numbers in the opening stages and took control of the game in the second half.

Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave PSG the vital advantage before the second leg.

Both United and PSG have been charged by UEFA for disturbances at the match, with a bottle apparently being thrown at former Red Devils winger Angel Di Maria.

Per BBC Sport, United have been charged for fans "throwing objects" at the field of play and "blocking stairways." PSG were charged with similar offences, including "setting off of fireworks, acts of damages and crowd disturbance."

The return leg is set for March 6, and United have a mountain to climb against a side that rarely loses at home in any competition.

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