By Noel Whelan

10th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit 'loves' Man United and Tottenham news after 'massive' BBC update

Tottenham and Man United deserve “massive praise” for pioneering safe standing in English football, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the development will “add an extra element” to the atmosphere at the club’s stadia.

As reported by the BBC (November 8th), Premier League clubs Man United, Man City, Tottenham, and Chelsea will all take part in a safe standing trial from January after approval from the government.

The first game to feature standing supporters will be Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea on January 2nd.

Since 1994, it has been a legal requirement for stadia in England’s top two tiers to be all-seaters.

Whelan expressed his excitement about the development, insisting “everyone wants to see standing back at football stadiums”.

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“They deserve massive praise for bringing about such a positive change,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“There’s that element of risk and danger, both physically and with the financial outlay to get this safe standing introduced.

“They’re trying to bring back that atmosphere, and I think that’s great – I love that.

“You do worry about the past and hope it does work out because I think it adds an extra element to the atmosphere, there’s no doubt about that.

“Great credit to the clubs who have agreed to trial this, and fingers crossed it is a success – because everyone wants to see standing back at football stadiums.”

As quoted on club media, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said he was “delighted” with the trial’s approval.

The government’s Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, insisted “fans deserve different options on how they can enjoy a live match”.

In other news, a pundit has tipped De Vrij to be ‘seen in a Tottenham shirt soon’ after an update pre-January.