Manchester United make formal complaint to City about derby day allocation – report

Manchester United have made a written complaint to Manchester City to express their displeasure over a reduced ticket allocation for next month’s Manchester derby, the Daily Mail reports.

United are unhappy at City for offering them 2,800 tickets – 200 less than the typical allocation handed out for away fans in the South Stand, which has seen visitors spread over three levels since the stand was expanded.

City sources have said it is because they have been advised by their safety advisory group to limit the away allocation to 2,800, similar to what happened when Feyenoord visited in the Champions League in November.

United’s allocation has been reduced in recent years due to ‘persistent standing’, but they say the behaviour of their fans has improved.

The Premier League could yet choose to intervene, but the Daily Mail reports that there’s an acceptance that United’s allocation is unlikely to change.

If results go a certain way, there is still a chance that Manchester City could officially clinch the Premier League with a win over Manchester United in April, and the Greater Manchester Police are already preparing a ‘major operation’ in the event of that happening.

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