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Derby in talks with Manchester United after seats vandalised in FA Cup tie

George Thorne scored for Derby in their home FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.

Derby are in discussions with Manchester United about the cost of repairs to a large number of seats damaged by visiting supporters during the FA Cup tie between the clubs at the iPro Stadium last month.

The Guardian reported that Derby had informed United that up to 300 seats had been vandalised and will request that repairs -- which will cost thousands of pounds -- are paid for.

United brought 5,460 fans to the iPro Stadium for the fourth round tie, with the damage discovered the next day.

A Rams spokesman said: "I can confirm there was damage caused to seats in the away section and that we are liaising with Manchester United."

United won the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata. George Thorne scored a first-half equaliser for the Championship team.

Louis van Gaal's men visit Shrewsbury in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night, with the Guardian also stating that the League One club have now abandoned plans to increase their capacity by installing temporary seating for the tie.

Shrewsbury will not erect temporary stands for the match, having done so when they lost to Chelsea in last season's League Cup at Greenhous Meadow, although the cup's sponsors, Capital One, paid for them.

The club decided against extra seating because of the additional security risk and extra policing costs.

Chief executive Brian Caldwell said: "We have a close working relationship with West Mercia Police in the planning for all games and any intelligence is taken into consideration in the match arrangements. "The decisions that we come to are taken to ensure the safety of our supporters and those visiting the Greenhous Meadow.

"We are all looking forward to welcoming Manchester United as our guests on Monday in what will be the first competitive fixture between the two sides."


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