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Manchester United considering hosting women’s game at Old Trafford

  • Man United have held talks about hosting a women’s game at the men’s ground
  • The women’s team are in the Super League a season after they were founded
  • Their game against Man City at the Etihad on Saturday attracted 30,000 fans
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Manchester United are considering holding a women’s game at Old Trafford.

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United’s women’s team, already in the Super League just a season after they were founded, played rivals City for the first time at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday in a match which attracted more than 30,000.

Sportsmail understands that officials at the club have already held talks about holding a women’s fixture at the men’s stadium – although the situation is in the early stages.

Manchester United's women's team huddle ahead of Saturday's game against Manchester City

Manchester United’s women’s team huddle ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester City

There is a recognition that holding a game at the 73,300-capacity venue is something that would take a great deal of planning and marketing. 

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And while it is has not been ruled out, it is unlikely that a Women’s Super League match will take place at the Theatre of Dreams this season.

While keen to promote their women’s side, United are aware that even a crowd of 20,000 – albeit impressive – may still give Old Trafford the appearance of being empty.

Chelsea took on at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and despite giving away 40,000 tickets, an attendance of 24,564 was viewed by some as disappointing.

Officials at the club have already held talks about holding a women's fixture at Old Trafford

Officials at the club have already held talks about holding a women's fixture at Old Trafford

Officials at the club have already held talks about holding a women’s fixture at Old Trafford 

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Should United decide to host a women’s match, the opponent may not be City, although they may well be the favourites. Other sides such as Liverpool, who would also bring a decent away following, could be considered. The United women’s team currently plays matches at the 12,000-capacity Leigh Sports Village.

Close to 63,000 watched this weekend’s opening WSL matches. Average crowds last season were 833 and there is genuine hope that the league can capitalise on a growth in popularity following this summer’s World Cup.

Bristol City Women also played at the men’s stadium, drawing more than 3,000 to Ashton Gate for their goalless draw with Brighton.