Manchester United to introduce singing section to Old Trafford

Manchester United are expected to introduce a singing section to Old Trafford after a long-running campaign by supporters in an effort to raise noise levels around the ground, the Independent has reported.

A singing section was trialled for a Champions League match against Valencia in 2010 and if all parties concerned agree – the club must consult with Greater Manchester police to ensure the new crowd arrangements meet segregation requirements, amongst other regulations – the section could be in place for the beginning of next season, seating as many as 2,500 fans.

The area will be known as the Scoreboard Paddock and be solely for season ticket holders in an attempt to reduce the tourist atmosphere that both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane have criticised in the past. Keane famously described a number of people present in the crowd as more interested in their prawn sandwiches than the match, while the Independent adds Ferguson once described the atmosphere at a particular match as “like a funeral”.

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