25/03/2011 11:45, Report by Adam Marshall
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Old Trafford's evolution

The dawn of the new Millennium saw a second tier added to the East and West Stands which increased the size of the ground even further - to circa 67,500 - and the North-West and North-East Quadrants took Old Trafford past the 76,000 mark in 2006.

Consequently, most of the Reds' record attendances since that 1939 cup fixture have been in the past five years or so. The biggest-ever Premier League crowd witnessed the 4-1 beating of Blackburn in 2007 - 76,098. Only 25 less fans saw the 3-1 triumph against Aston Villa earlier the same year.

United's record FA Cup (v Arsenal) and European (v Olympique Lyonnais) home attendances came in 2008 and even as recently as last year, the stadium was still hitting new heights as the thrilling semi-final second-leg success against Manchester City was in front of a record League Cup crowd of 74,576.

So while the stadium's attendance record, set 72 years ago today, is out of reach for the current capacity of 75,797, Old Trafford remains the biggest club ground in England and a stage fit for some of the best football in the world.

More: The Old Trafford Story | Museum and Stadium Tour

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