Football League chairman Greg Clarke said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play these exciting winner-takes-all occasions at one of the great stadiums in world football. We are equally pleased that we are able to take the play-offs to the North West, an area that has been at the heart of professional football since its very origins.”
United chief executive David Gill added: “We are delighted Old Trafford has been chosen to stage these two finals. The play-offs have built a reputation as some of the most high profile and entertaining matches in the football calendar. To have the opportunity to host these matches underlines Old Trafford’s status as the leading club stadium in the country.”
Ticket allocations for clubs reaching the npower League 1 and League 2 finals at Old Trafford will be in line with those at Wembley with around 65,000 tickets available to fans.
The decision to stage the finals in Manchester follows an agreement between the Football League and the FA that enables Wembley to stage the UEFA Champions League final on 28 May and the npower Championship play-off final two days later.