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Manchester United are struggling to sell out Old Trafford for the Carabao cup semi-final clash vs Man City

Archungshang Thouman
|Tue Jan 07 2020


Manchester United are struggling to sell out Old Trafford for the Carabao cup semi-final clash vs Man City. The match begins in a few hours.

The Manchester derby may not be as highly anticipated as the Manchester United vs Liverpool match or the Mersyside derby. However, knowing that Manchester United are struggling to sell out Old Trafford for the Carabao cup semi-final clash vs Man City goes to show that even a can’t save the league cup which is struggling to remain relevant.

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A large section of the Old Trafford is still empty. Huge amounts of tickets are still on sale at the club’s website. Some of those tickets are priced at a costly £66 and many have decided against paying as much especially after the holiday season.

Empty seats but highest attendance in years

According to the BBC, the match is expected to be witnessed by 70,000 fans, which will still make this one of the highest attendance for a Carabao cup clash in years. However, with fewer audiences, the club will find it easier to monitor the crowd. They have already released a statement regarding fans for cheering for Manchester City in the home area.

“We have a series of measures in place to minimise any risks and anyone visibly or audibly supporting the away team in home areas will be denied entry to the ground or ejected during the game.” United said.

United’s best chance for a trophy

The two-legged semi-final presents Manchester United the perfect opportunity for a silverware this season. Ajax and Inter Milan have dropped down to the Europa League. Arsenal was already there to begin with. This means, Manchester United could face stern challenge for Europe’s secondary prize.

With the FA Cup just starting and Liverpool’s march in the Premier League, the Carabao cup is their only realistic chance at a trophy. It’s now only but a matter of 3 good games. However, despite beating Manchester City at the Etihad last month, the Red Devils will know that doing the same again will be a hard task. He will do well though, to remind his boys, that it’s far from impossible.

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