Manchester United returned to Champions League action with a 3-0 victory against Swiss champions, FC Basel, on Tuesday night.
Having last played in the competition at the back end of 2015, United fans will have been delighted to see their team back in the continent’s premier cup competition.
However, as was noted by many watching the game on television, there were plenty of empty seats at Old Trafford as the game kicked off.
Although heavy traffic in the area around the stadium was partly to blame for this and many of the seats that were empty at kick off were soon taken, it was still clear that Old Trafford was far from sold out.
Having long been teased by United supporters about their own club’s inability to sell out their own stadium, Manchester City fans were quick to pick up on this, many of them tweeting about it:
Thousands on empty seats at Old Trafford tonight but remember it won't be picked up on as it doesn't fit the #narrative
— Alex (@AGD9320) September 12, 2017
Loads of empty seats at Old Trafford tonight, you won't hear about it because it's United and only City ever have empty seats. Bellends.
— Sean Dunne (@SeanDunne_94) September 12, 2017
15,000 empty seats at Old Trafford on a UCL night despite advertising the tickets in 150 toilets in Salford.
— Guardiolista (@BlueCitizen007) September 12, 2017
Absolutely hilarious all of the empty seats at Old Trafford considering the stick they give us. ?
— Ryan Corless (@RCorless33) September 12, 2017
Plenty of empty seats at Old Trafford i see.
— Neil Burgess (@nezzer1968) September 12, 2017
At the time of writing, United had yet to confirm the official attendance figure for the Basel game.