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Man United and West Brom are rivals Sunday but allies in stadium safe standing movement

As if the fans of West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United’s opponents on Sunday at Old Trafford, nfl jerseys wholesale china haven’t had enough kicks while they are down.

Albion fans have watched their ageing squad, seen their best players injured, bemoaned their lack of goalscorers and had Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew, two of the most unpopular managers in their history, in charge of their team this season.

They signed Daniel Sturridge on loan for the season and hoped he’d be as successful as Romelu Lukaku was. Sturridge arrived in January from Liverpool, played 78 minutes of football, scoring no goals, and picked up a hamstring injury in February. He’s been a bystander as West Brom have lost every week on the way to their imminent relegation. He’s only an outside bet for a place on the bench at Old Trafford on Sunday.

On top of all that, West Brom had their proposals for a safe standing area at the Hawthorns rejected by the British government this week. The bottom-of-the-table side planned to turn 3,600 of their seats into rail seats where fans can stand during games and lean on a rail in front.

The Baggies, who had the backing of their safety advisory group which contains representatives from police, fire and ambulance services and the local authority, hoped to install them for next season when they’ll almost certainly play in the Championship. There, they could meet League One promotion hopeful Shrewsbury Town, who play 42 miles to the west and whose fans reached a crowd-funded target to install rail seats in their stadium. Shrewsbury’s plans were supported and passed by all the relevant authorities.

Monday’s rejection of West Brom’s plans led their director of operations, Mark Miles, china nfl jerseys wholesale to describe them as “surprising” and “disappointing,” adding that “the all-seater policy was developed over 25 years ago and football is a very different place now.”