Man Utd fight back against criticism of pre-match trip to Leicester

Date published: Saturday 16th October 2021 3:36 - Dan Burnham

Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Donny van de Beek chat before Leicester vs Manchester United, October 2021

Manchester United have defended their decision to take a 10-minute flight to Leicester ahead of their Premier League clash.

The United squad and staff were due to travel by coach on Friday but changed their plans due to disruption on the M6. They instead made their way to Manchester Airport where they boarded a plane to East Midlands, a journey which was just 100 miles long.

The decision prompted backlash due to the impact flying has on global warming.

But Red Devils officials have fought back against the criticism of the move, saying it was “based on operational circumstances”.

In July, United announced a partnership with the Renewable Energy Group, at which time they said it wanted to “raise awareness of how people can contribute towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for our planet”.

When questioned about the travel, the club listed four facts about their efforts to help the environment.

They firstly said they have a policy to purchase certified green electricity for all club buildings and facilities.

In addition, they achieved the Carbon Trust Standard certification for a sixth consecutive year in 2020.

United are the first sports club within the UK to achieve such recognition.

As well as this they referred to the Manchester United Energy and Carbon Reduction Programme.

This has achieved 12 consecutive years of energy and carbon reductions, despite the club having grown significantly during that time.

And lastly, they noted that since the programme’s launch in 2008, they have reduced annual carbon emissions by over 2,700 tonnes. This reduction equates to emissions produced by 540 homes for a year.

Red Devils top transfer list

Meanwhile, United are seemingly at the front of the queue to secure the signing of a talented France defender.

The player has reportedly asked his agent to push for a move to Old Trafford ahead of all other suitors.

One signing the Red Devils didn’t quite get over the line this summer was the signing of a new right-back.

They made a strong push to sign Kieran Trippier in the summer, with Atletico holding firm over their valuation.

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