Manchester United have suffered a ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack ahead of the Premier League clash vs West Bromwich Albion tonight (Saturday).
The attack on the club’s systems was confirmed on Friday night, with the club releasing a statement on the matter.
The Baggies travel to Old Trafford for the 8pm kick-off, looking to record their first win of the season, while United are looking to win their first home game of the campaign.
In the statement from the club, it was confirmed that the match will go ahead as planned with all the systems required to host matches still ‘secure and operational’.
“Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems. The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimise the ongoing IT disruption,” United said in a club statement (via the Manchester Evening News ).
“Although this is a sophisticated operation by organised cybercriminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this eventuality. Our cyber defences identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data.
“Club media channels, including our website and app, are unaffected and we are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers.
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“We are confident that all critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and that tomorrow’s game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead.”
A win for West Brom is likely to move them out of the relegation zone ahead of fixtures against Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle United over the next few weeks.