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Friday, July 23, 2010

Manchester United season ticket sales down - 4,000 go on general sale.

Manchester United have been forced to place 4,000 Old Trafford season tickets on general sale.

Earlier this week United said 50,000 season tickets had been sold, a milestone seen as a victory for the Glazer family against protesting fans.

The "Green and Gold" protest movement - unhappy at the club's debt level under its American owners - became a visible presence at Old Trafford last season.

Fans' groups say United has suffered a marked fall in year-on-year sales. Manchester United sold 64,000 season tickets two years ago, of which 8,000 were all-important premium tickets - hospitality and VIP sales - and only 500 fewer last season.

This season sales were thought to be "5,000-10,000 down on last year", due to the combined threats of discontent with the Glazer regime and the wider economic situation.

With booming ticket sales at Manchester City - albeit from a much lower base than United - and solid sales at rivals such as Arsenal - this situation with the Glazer ownership does seem to be having an impact on the club.

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