In a slightly bizarre story, Coronation Street bosses are reportedly desperate for Ipswich to keep Manchester United at bay for the first half-hour at Old Trafford tonight.
The ITV soap is staging an hour-long live episode to mark their 60th anniversary, starting at 7:30pm. The show will be broadcast from studios at Trafford Wharf, less than a mile away from where United are taking on the Tractor Boys in the Capital One Cup tie at 8pm.
Fearing that any loud noise from the Theatre of Dreams could be audible on the broadcast, Corrie staff have reportedly made the set as sound-proof as possible, but concerns are understood to remain over United fans making a cameo apperance.
A show source said: “No one could believe it when it dawned on them what was happening. There has been a great deal of black humour around the place.
“Everyone is crossing their fingers and everything else in the hope United do not score in the first half an hour.”