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Manchester United fans will have to wait to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team in action after England's regional coronavirus tiers were announced.

Greater Manchester will return to tier three restrictions when the latest lockdown ends next week – meaning fans cannot yet return to see games at Old Trafford.

The news is a blow to Red Devils fans who were hoping to watch their heroes take on Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League next Wednesday.

United beat PSG in Paris in their opening game of the competition, and will bid to repeat that result after thrashing Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 inside a near-empty Theatre of Dreams on Tuesday night.

Solskjaer's side could play in front of West Ham fans when they take on David Moyes' side at Upton Park a week on Saturday – but away supporters won't be allowed in as things stand.

United will again play behind closed doors at Old Trafford when they host PSG
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Stadiums in tier two areas will be allowed to admit up to 2,000 fans, while crowds of up to 4,000 will be permitted in tier one locations, where there is the lowest risk of infection.

United's next home game in the Premier League is the derby against Manchester City due to take place on December 12 – but tiers will not be reviewed until four days after that.

And the Red Devils have assured fans they are working hard to ensure Old Trafford can welcome back supporters as soon as possible.

A statement from the club read: " Manchester United notes the government decision to keep Trafford in the Tier 3 category of Covid-19 restrictions.

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"This means games at Old Trafford will continue to take place behind closed doors until further notice.

"Our plans for safely welcoming back fans to Old Trafford are well advanced and we look forward to doing so as soon as we are given the go-ahead.

"We will continue to work with local authorities on finalising our plans so that we can move quickly when our area comes out of Tier 3.

An Old Trafford crowd would have enjoyed United's win over Istanbul Basaksehir
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"Some of our forthcoming away games in Tier 2 areas may take place with a limited number of fans in attendance. However, under current guidelines, away fans will not be permitted to attend.

"We thank our fans for their continued patience and will keep them informed of further developments."

After the Manchester derby, United have one more home game before Christmas, against Leeds United scheduled for December 19. They are also due to host Wolves on December 28 and Aston Villa on January 2.

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