West Ham boss David Moyes welcomes fans back for Manchester United match

West Ham will host the first Premier League match with fans in the ground when they welcome Manchester United on Saturday evening.

The London Stadium will open its doors to supporters for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March.

Government restrictions mean just 2,000 fans will be allowed in to watch the match, which kicks-off at 5.30pm.

But Hammers boss David Moyes has welcomed the return of supporters, albeit just a fraction of those who could be in attendance at the former Olympic Stadium.

West Ham United v Aston Villa – Premier League – London Stadium
West Ham United v Aston Villa – Premier League – London Stadium

Moyes said: “I have to say it has been really strange not having fans – but I don’t know if it will be even stranger having only 2,000 back in a 60,000-seater stadium.

“We just want the supporters back. It is a start and the club have done a really good job in making sure that everything is safe and prepared, as have other clubs because we are fully aware of our responsibilities.

“Overall, it is great. I’m sure there will be some people disappointed they haven’t got a ticket just now, but there will be others who are really excited to come back to a game.”

Chelsea’s match against Leeds at Stamford Bridge, which kicks off at 8pm, will also have 2,000 fans present.