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Manchester United falls victim to cyber attack

Cyber criminals have attacked Manchester United's systems, the English Premier League club said on Friday (local time).

The Arsenal players observe a minutes silence for Nobby Stiles and Rememberance Day during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020 in Manchester, England. Source: Getty

The northwest English club said it was confident "critical systems" required for matches to be staged at Old Trafford are secure, ensuring the team can host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (local time).

"The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimize the ongoing IT disruption," United said in a statement.

"Although this is a sophisticated operation by organized cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this eventuality.

"Our cyber defenses identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data."

United said it was not aware of any breach of personal data from supporters.