DESPERATE Manchester United are still trying to flog tickets for their Europa League clash with Liverpool on Thursday night.
Louis van Gaal’s stuttering side is 2-0 down from the first leg of the last-16 tie and fans are not interested in traipsing to Old Trafford to watch another loss to their old rival – especially from as far afield as United hotbeds like Surrey and Hertfordshire.
The United website is offering four tickets to members and they’re inviting other ‘fans’ to sign up for the scheme so they flog as many as possible.
The once unmissable fixture has now become a must-miss for United fans, especially with the Manchester derby against City on Sunday at the Etihad taking priority.
With Manuel Pellegrini suffering an injury crisis on Tuesday night in the Champions League, as centre-back pairing Nicolas Otamendi and captain Vincent Kompany limped off early, van Gaal must fancy his chances of nicking a vital Premier League win and creeping back into top-four contention.
United could even play a second-string side full of kids for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s in-form team and that could prove disastrous with Liverpool having scored seven goals in their last three games.
Liverpool completely sold out their 3,117 allocation for the trip up the M62 and Kop fans will probably try to sneak into the spare home seats to see their side get another one over United.
United claimed in 2013, with the help of a market research company, that they had 659 million adults fans worldwide but that can’t even fill the 76,100 seater Old Trafford for a game their marketing department deems crucial and unmissable.
Perhaps the ticket department could adopt van Gaal’s attitude to goals and points for most of this season and just give them away?