Members of the Manchester United Barmy Army at the Leigh Sports Village

Manchester United fixture at Old Trafford could see attendance records smashed

The FA Women’s Super League attendance record of 38,262 could be smashed if Manchester United were to host a fixture at Old Trafford next season.

Casey Stoney’s side are yet to play at ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ but when they do eventually make their debut appearance at Old Trafford, one can only expect a huge crowd roaring on The Red Devils.

With FA Women’s Super League fixtures having been held at the likes of The Etihad Stadium, Stamford Bridge, London Stadium and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season, the division has seen a huge boost in one-off attendances and there have been calls for Manchester United to join the men’s stadium experiment.

Since their formation in summer 2018, Manchester United have recorded some of the largest attendances in the women’s game and they have benefitted from one of football’s most consistent fanbases. Their opening home game against Reading in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup group stage in August 2018 attracted an outstanding attendance of 4,835 while crowds at the Leigh Sports Village have generally held above and beyond the 2,000 mark ever since.

United were away on the opening day of the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Super League season and on Women’s Football Weekend when men’s stadiums were most commonly used therefore a fixture at Old Trafford was never really on the cards.

We all now want to see the women’s football attendance experiment go to Old Trafford and with the opening fixture of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 set to be held at the venue, a visit from Manchester United next season would get the excitement flowing amongst fans ahead the biggest festival of football in England since EURO 96.

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