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31st Oct 2018

Manchester United are not happy about Man City’s “mickey-taking” ticket allocation

Manchester United have been granted more tickets at the Etihad than they were last season but only marginally, and they're not pleased

Darragh Murphy

Manchester United aren’t pleased with the slight increase to the ticket allocation for the upcoming derby match

Teams travelling to the Etihad Stadium are typically given 3,000 tickets for games but United were given only 2,792 for their trip to Manchester City last season.

The Red Devils reached out to ask for an increased share of the tickets for the first derby of the season, which takes place on November 11, but have been left disappointed by the outcome of their request.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, City have given United a larger allocation for the clash but only just.

Apparently, United will have 2,862 for their supporters which means that City have released only 70 extra tickets for their arch-rivals.

Quoting a source, the Mail claims that United see the 70-ticket increase as an attempt from City to ‘take the mick’ out of them but “don’t want to get involved in a slanging match.”

City insist that they have allocated the maximum number of tickets based on police advice as the Manchester derby is a fixture which is considered an increased risk in terms of potential fan trouble.

Supporters clashed on the outskirts of Manchester ahead of April’s derby, which United won 3-2, and the brawl resulted in at least two arrests.

The two clubs come up against each other on Remembrance Sunday this year, with City flying high at the league’s summit and United lurking down in eighth, nine points behind their noisy neighbours.