Old Trafford prepares for record United Women crowd

Wednesday 30 November 2022 11:01

Manchester United Women, flying high in the Women’s Super League, take over Old Trafford again on Saturday for another groundbreaking moment in the club’s growing commitment to the women’s game.

With more than 30,000 tickets sold, Saturday’s WSL game against Aston Villa has already surpassed the 20,241 who attended the first WSL game played at Old Trafford with fans in attendance, when United beat Everton 3-1 in March.

Marc Skinner’s team go into the game third in the league, just three points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand, and buoyed by a thrilling last-gasp win at second-placed Arsenal.

The Theatre of Dreams is already decked out in preparation for the game, with a huge banner displayed on the East Stand of the stadium profiling the players and the club’s desire to keep driving growth and inclusivity around the women’s game.

Old Trafford is primed for Saturday's big match.

Saturday’s fixture (kick-off 12:30 GMT) is the third big women’s game to be held at Old Trafford this year, after the WSL match against Everton in March and the sold-out opening game of UEFA European Championship in July which propelled England’s Lionesses towards their historic triumph at Wembley. Almost 100,000 fans attended those two games, and another big crowd is expected this weekend.

Following the success of the UEFA European Championship in the summer, which began with that 1-0 England win against Austria, Manchester United fans have turned out in force to support women’s football and that is reflected in the demand to attend matches at Leigh Sport’s Village (LSV), with more tickets being snapped up this season than ever before.

Now, on Saturday, against the backdrop of a carnival atmosphere, United Women look to build on their stunning 3-2 win against Arsenal in our last match. The team will enjoy the support of another huge crowd, which is expected to be the highest attendance for any United Women’s home fixture in history.

Polly Bancroft, Manchester United’s head of women’s football, said: “This game against Villa promises to be another special occasion as we continue to maintain our challenge at the top of the WSL and I know the players will be lifted by our fantastic supporters.

“Manchester United, as the biggest club in the country, is determined to lead the way in the growth of the women’s game – both on and off the field. So it is really special to see the excitement that is building for this fixture and it again demonstrates how much progress the women’s game is making, not just here but across the country.”

For Saturday’s fixture at Old Trafford tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £3 for fans aged under 16 or over 65. Click here to buy your ticket.

Hospitality packages are also available to purchase. Prices start from £20pp (dependent on package) - more information is available here.