Following a successful experiment earlier this season, the much-discussed Old Trafford singing section will be re-trialled on Sunday with almost double the number of fans involved.
In the original trial, 1400 of United's most vocal supporters were grouped together in the south-east quadrant, the area designated for visiting fans at Premier League matches, during the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. It made for a noisy evening inside Old Trafford and was widely viewed as a success.
Impressively, this re-trial will mean more than 2600 fans sitting together in the north-east lower quadrant where the acoustics should enable all chants to travel around the stadium. Andrew Kilduff, a member of the Fans United group behind the initiative, says everything is going to plan.
"The first trial was well received by the club, the fans and the players, who all spoke about an improved atmosphere," Andy explains. "The supporters were brilliant. The only problem was the songs didn't travel to other areas of the stadium.
"We've managed to secure a larger section for the Fulham match that has improved acoustics and is closer to the pitch. This will guarantee a louder atmosphere during a fixture that is exactly the type of occasion when we need to raise the noise levels.
"We have an emphasis on singing and would like fans to take their seats 10 minutes before kick-off, ensuring a good atmosphere from the first minute. We'd like the section to be a permanent feature next season, so this re-trial is important to the plan."
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