“I think Old Trafford, in spite of being a quiet stadium, the pitch is big, the grass is nice and obviously the players feel very comfortable playing here"
If anything could be considered a backhanded compliment to Premier League behemoths Manchester United, it is those comments made by then-manager Jose Mourinho a little over a year ago who basically gave certain other teams a stick to beat the 20-time champions with.
Whilst the Red Devils can always claim bragging rights over their rivals in regards to record attendances and a stadium that is routinely packed to the rafters, when it comes to generating atmosphere, Manchester United can be seen to be lagging behind sometimes.
It’s the conundrum of generating income and ongoing commercialism, at the expense of diluting the reason the club exists in the first place.
It is therefore welcome that, after consultation with The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, that Old Trafford, The Theatre of Dreams, will introduce a dedicated Atmosphere Section for next season in exciting new plans made by the most successful club in England.
Currently, it is apparent to everyone that attends OT that the famed Stretford End - once the beating heartbeat of the supporters who flock down Sir Matt Busby Way - has been silenced by the club’s previous relocation of the large vocal portion of the fanbase, with the lower East Stand having to take the mantle.
Former club chairman Martin Edwards elected to install executive seating and a family stand in the Stretty End, suppressing the atmosphere considerably (MEN).
Therefore, the new introductions are all for the better, particularly with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer installed on the touchline and getting the home fans singing again,
Furthermore, season ticket prices for 2019/20 have been capped for the eighth season running. Manchester United currently have one of the longest waiting list for season tickets in world football.
Richard Arnold, United’s group managing director, said: “The support from our fans and the atmosphere they generate is incredible, so we’re delighted to be freezing season ticket prices once again in recognition of that.”