Manchester United defend decision to take 10-minute flight for Leicester game

Manchester United have defended their decision to travel by plane in a bid to beat congestion on the M6 ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Leicester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are back in action after the two-week international break, but were forced to alter their pre-match plans due ‘circumstances’ that were beyond their control, according to the BBC.

United would normally travel by coach or train, but opted to make the 100-mile journey, which took just 10 minutes, by flying to the east Midlands.

Short-haul domestic flights have been banned in France in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and help prevent global warming.

Premier League giants United underlined their commitment to environmental causes last year by signing a deal with Renewable Energy Group and at the time said they wanted to ‘raise awareness of how people can contribute towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for our planet.’

Amid significant backlash and in response to BBC questions around the travel plans, United said they:

  • Have a policy to purchase certified green electricity for all club buildings and facilities.
  • Achieved the Carbon Trust Standard certification for a sixth consecutive year in 2020.
  • Achieved 12 consecutive years of energy and carbon reductions through the Manchester United Energy & Carbon Reduction Programme.
  • Have reduced annual carbon emissions by over 2,700 tonnes since 2008.

On the pitch, meanwhile, United are likely to be boosted by the return of Marcus Rashford who has made a fully recovery following the shoulder surgery which has prevented him from making a single appearance so far this season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said: ‘Marcus is in the squad, yes. If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now because it wouldn’t be right.

‘But he’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off and he’s been bright this week.

‘He had a 60-minute involvement behind closed doors last week, so he’s fit and raring to go.’

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