Manchester United are looking to become the first Premier League side to introduce safe standing areas at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.

Standing areas have been banned from major football stadiums in England after the horrific Hillsborough tragedy which saw 96 Liverpool fans killed, but United are keen to explore the possibility of opening a small standing area at their home.

United chief executive Ed Woodward is investigating the possibly of safe standing after meeting with fan groups who want to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

West Ham tried and failed to have a standing area at their new home of the Olympic Stadium and so Woodward may struggle to pass any new legislation into football.

Foreign stadiums as well as lower league English grounds have standing areas which can often build a better atmosphere, with retractable seating also an option, being removed for certain games but sold as seats for others.