Next summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 has officially been moved to July 2022 but Manchester United have announced that they remain keen that Old Trafford continues to be a host venue.
United’s spiritual home was set to host the opening match of the tournament which would involve England as the host nation. The tournament has now officially been pushed back due to both the rescheduling of the men’s EURO 2020 and the congested calendar due to the Coronavirus.
UEFA confirmed that the tournament has now officially been moved back to 2022 earlier today and while discussions are yet to be held between UEFA and The Football Association regarding a revised fixture schedule, Manchester United have confirmed that they remain committed to hosting the Lionesses according to reports on their official website.
Other than Wembley, where the UEFA Women’s EURO final should still be held, Old Trafford was the biggest venue selected to host a match at the tournament with a capacity of around 76,000. With the popularity of the women’s game growing every season and with each international tournament, there is no doubt that Old Trafford could sell-out for opening night.
It is understood that Manchester United officials are hoping to be involved when UEFA and The Football Association meet to discuss the revised fixture schedule and they are hoping that they will still be welcoming England and the whole of Europe to ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ on opening night in July 2022. UEFA have initially indicated that this will be the case after stating that it is planned to use the same venues which were initially selected.