Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the suspect package found at Old Trafford this afternoon was not a viable explosive. A controlled explosion was carried out by bomb disposal experts, who subsequently informed the police that the package was an "incredibly lifelike" hoax.
Bomb disposal experts carried out controlled explosion at Old Trafford on what is described as incredibly lifelike explosive device...— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 15, 2016
Full assessment now concluded and found device wasn't viable. A full search of the stadium is ongoing. Full update to follow.— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 15, 2016
Though the police haven't mentioned this, the general description across the press is of a mobile phone wired to pipes, which was located in one of Old Trafford's toilets by a member of Manchester United staff. The Mail have a quote from a security official
It certainly did not look like something you would want to mess with.
There has been no word from the Premier League as to when the game will be played, but Bournemouth have flown back to the south coast, suggesting that there's no chance of the fixture happening tomorrow.