Manchester United have been the victims of a cyber attack by ‘organised criminals’.

The Red Devils confirmed the club’s IT systems were hacked on Friday evening in a major breach of security.

United have informed the Information Commissioner’s Office, as required, and forensic tracing is being carried out in a bid to establish further detail about the attack.

The club say they are confident that fans’ personal data has not breached, and that Saturday’s Premier League game against West Brom at Old Trafford will go ahead as planned.

“Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems,” read a club statement.

“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.

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

“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.

“All critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and tomorrow’s game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead.”

A spokesman for United added “These type of attacks are becoming more and more common and are something you have to rehearse for.”

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