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EXCLUSIVE: are given the go-ahead to trial 'safe-standing' for 1,500 fans at Old Trafford once they are allowed to return to full capacity will install 1,500 rail seats in 2021 as they trial safe standing Premier League giants were aware of fan support for safe standing for some time All-seater stadiums have been compulsory in the Premier League since 1994-95 The new seats are not likely to be used until Old Trafford returns to full capacity

By Mike Keegan For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 3 December 2020 | Updated: 07:11 GMT, 4 December 2020

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Manchester United are to trial safe standing at Old Trafford.

In a historic move, the club will install 1,500 rail seats early next year as part of an initial trial.

United have been well aware of fan support for safe standing for some time and carried out a ‘detailed and comprehensive study’ into the matter last year. 

Manchester United have been given the green light to trial safe standing at Old Trafford

have been given the green light to trial safe standing at Old Trafford

The Premier League giants will install 1,500 rail seats (pictured) to be used in the new year

The Premier League giants will install 1,500 rail seats (pictured) to be used in the new year

So what ARE rail seats?

Rail seats are essentially seats with built-in safety barriers to allow safe standing.

Each metal seat is incorporated within a robust metal frame that forms a waist-high rail for the spectators in the row behind. These seat frames are installed on a permanent basis with the same spacing as standard seats. The frames interlock to form a continuous high-strength rail along the full length of each row. 

The seats can be locked to allow for standing fans between rows of the waist-high rails and be unlocked to convert the area to all-seater configuration.

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They are widely used across Europe with almost half of clubs in the Bundesliga using rail seats, including .

In the Premier Division, all-seater stadiums have been compulsory since the start of the 1994-95 season as a result of the Taylor Report, which gave recommendations to improve stadium safety after the Hillsborough disaster.

In July 2016, Celtic formally unveiled their new 2,600 capacity rail seating area within

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