Man Utd pledge £1m to matchday staff left out of pocket by coronavirus crisis

Manchester United have promised that they won't leave matchday staff out of pocket amid the coronavirus crisis by pledging to pay them over £1million in goodwill payments.

With the Premier League announcing on Thursday that no English top-flight football will resume until at least April 30, when it could very well go ahead behind closed doors, staff would have been concerned that they would be missing out on valuable income.

But United have stepped in to reassure them that they will still be paid.

" Manchester United has confirmed that it will pay all its loyal matchday and non-matchday casual workers should Premier League games be cancelled or played behind closed doors for the remainder of this season," the club said in a statement.

"This goodwill gesture reflects the club's desire to reduce the financial uncertainty facing its casual workforce, and is in recognition of the crucial role they play in delivering services to supporters.

"All Premier League games are currently suspended until at least April 30. Discussions are ongoing with the Premier League about what will happen to games after that date, including the four remaining games scheduled to be played at Old Trafford this season.

"The goodwill payment will be made to all matchday and non-matchday casual workers who have worked for the club in the past three months."

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "We rely on our outstanding staff to deliver an exceptional service and experience to fans at Old Trafford.

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