Manchester United v Brentford

Manchester United v Brentford


Old Trafford
Wednesday 28 July 2021 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Impacted area(s)

Manchester city centre, Trafford, Stretford, Salford

Roads and trams will be busy from 4pm until kick-off and after 9.30pm following the game. Re-time or re-route to improve your journey.

Supporters should use contactless for payments, it's the safe and easy way to pay. Just remember to touch in and out.

Manchester United host their first home pre-season game against newly promoted Brentford at Old Trafford on Wednesday 28 July.

Old Trafford is expected to welcome over 25,000 fans back to the ground for the first time in over 18 months ahead of the new season.

The game kicks off at 8pm and all transport services, and local roads, are expected to be much busier than normal.

In addition to this, Emirates Old Trafford is hosting Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers. This event is taking place from 3pm to approximately 10pm (6.30pm men's start time).

The information on the page will continue to be updated.


Between Monday 19 July and Saturday 31 July improvement works will take place on the Eccles Line.

During this time, no trams will operate between Eccles (including MediaCityUK) and Piccadilly.

There is a replacement bus service in place. You can find out where to catch your bus from on our travel advice page.

Due to the cricket match taking place at Emirates Old Trafford earlier on in the day, services (particularly on the Altrincham and Trafford Park lines) are expected to be much busier than normal from 4pm before the game and 9.30pm after the match.

Not going to the game? If you can travel flexibly, board your service before 4pm for a quieter trip with more space on board. Click here for the latest data showing when services are busy

Going to support the Reds?

There are a number of stops within easy walking distance of the ground:

Supporters can park for free at Parkway Park and Ride and board the tram to Wharfside - which is only a five-minute walk to the stadium. The Trafford Park line will run into the city centre after the fixture.


Supporters should use contactless for payments, it's the safe and easy way to pay. Just remember to touch in and out!

Park and Ride

Leave the car and hop on the tram to the match.

Park and Ride facilities are free to use and Metrolink services go within walking distance of Old Trafford. All services from the below locations take around 15 minutes.

  • Sale Water Park with 300 spaces (leave the M60 at Junction 6). Alight at Trafford Bar.
  • Parkway with 360 spaces (leave the M60 at Junction 9). Alight at Wharfside.

Driving (but not going to the match)

Traffic on the roads around the Trafford area is expected to be extremely busy from the early afternoon. Chapel Street, Trafford Road and Chester Road are all expected to have significantly increased journey times.

In addition, Major roadworks are also taking place on Trafford Road which are leading to increased journey times.

If you can travel flexibly, re-time your journey to before 4pm.

Driving (but going to support the Reds)

Midweek fixtures at Old Trafford have previously caused long delays to road users and we don't want you to miss the match. If you have to travel by car then consider the advice below.

Journey times will increase in the city centre, the Mancunian Way, A56 Chester Road, Trafford Road, Wharfside Way and surrounding areas from 4pm until 8pm and in the hour after the match. Re-Time your journey to avoid delays and keep moving.

If you are travelling to the official car parks then the quickest route is via M60 Junction 9, Parkway and Wharfside Way.

There are major works taking place on Trafford Road which will impact on journey times if travelling via the M602.


The 255, 256, 263 and x50 bus services run within walking distance of Old Trafford.

These services are likely to be affected by the additional traffic on the roads so even if you aren't planning on going to the match it's important to allow yourself more time for travel.

If you are considering catching a bus, follow the bus operators on Twitter for the latest service updates.


Manchester is well served by rail, so why not beat the matchday traffic and take the train!

Please remember to plan ahead if you're making the connection into Manchester as services are expected to be busier than normal.


Old Trafford is easily accesible on foot from local areas - beat the traffic and take a stroll to and from the match.

We are encouraging everyone who is within 30 minutes of the stadium to make their journey to the match on foot. Earn that half time pie!

From the city centre it's a 45-minute walk along the Bridgewater Canal.

Click here to see all local areas within a 30-minute walk of Old Trafford


You can cycle to the game! (And beat the traffic after the match!)

If you are travelling to Old Trafford by bicycle, there are free cycle racks located at the following car parks:

  • N2 (Sir Alex Ferguson Stand)
  • E2 (East Stand)
  • W2 (West Stand)

Remember to take your lock!

Vaccination Clinic

On Wednesday,Trafford Council will run a drop-in vaccination clinic at the Town Hall, opposite Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.

If you're attending either the football or cricket, why not stop by and get your jab?

Useful Links

We have brought together some links that can help plan your journey