Manchester United have denied a report that their Old Trafford ground was a target for suicide bombers.

According to a report in the British press, the police foiled a suicide bomb plot aimed at killing supporters at this weekend’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.

A report in The Sun newspaper claimed that al-Qaeda fanatics planned to blow themselves up in the 67,000 Old Trafford crowd. Ten people were arrested in a series of raids in northern and central England on Monday and all were detained under the Terrorism Act.

Howevver, the club issued a statement denying the report.

Manchester United director of communications Phil Townsend told BBC Five Live Breakfast: “Old Trafford has not been identified as a target.

“We are always in discussions with police, but not specifically about being a terrorist target.”

He added that there were “no additional measures in place for tonight’s game” when Manchester United play Charlton.