Athletic fans crazy for Manchester United clash

Athletic Bilbao fans are going wild with excitement before Thursday’s Europa League first-leg quarter-final tie with Manchester United at Old Trafford, reports Marca.

The Basques are having an incredible season under Marcelo Bielsa as they sit fifth in the league table, having reached a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona and facing a dream clash with the Red Devils. The last time Bilbao came up against United was in the 1957 season and, unsurprisingly, it will be the largest mobilisation of any Spanish football fans in Europe apart from a final when they make their way to Manchester this week.

In addition to the 4,138 tickets Bilbao initially received for the away leg the apparent lack of interest by United fans, who are used to the more glamorous Champions League fixtures, has meant a request for a further 2,500 tickets has been granted.

It is thought the almost 7,000 supporters who will accompany the team will be joined by some fans travelling without tickets, meaning the Ertzaintza – the Basque police force – will join their English counterparts in ensuring there will be added security measures in place for the fixture.

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