Manchester United Faces Backlash for Decision Regarding Newcastle United Match, Provoking Strong Response
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) has expressed its strong disapproval of Manchester United’s ticket pricing for the upcoming Carabao Cup fourth-round match scheduled for next month.
Newcastle United is set to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, November 1, marking a rematch of their February final clash at Wembley. Despite the away allocation for the Magpies comprising more than 7,000 tickets, Manchester United has chosen to charge £39 for an adult ticket.
This pricing decision, along with the late kick-off time of 8:15 pm, which hinders supporters’ ability to use public transport to return to the North East immediately after the match, has prompted NUST to release a strongly-worded statement.
NUST posted on X, “£39 for @ManUtd away in the @Carabao_Cup is scandalous and makes a mockery of the £30 @premierleague away ticket price cap. Add in a ridiculous kick-off time – match-going fans taken for granted time and time again.”
Add in a ridiculous kick off time – match going fans taken for granted time and time again. #nufc
— Newcastle United Supporters Trust (@nufctrust) October 4, 2023
It’s worth noting that Manchester United has increased its ticket price by £9 from the previous round when they faced Crystal Palace.
Tickets for the Old Trafford fixture went on sale on Thursday, with a Newcastle United statement confirming the availability and the sales process for season ticket holders with 25 or more away points.
The statement continued, “Following supporter consultation, there will be a limited allocation open to season ticket holder ballot for those who do not meet the away points threshold. This ballot will go live after the final points drop and will be open for entry for 24 hours.”
To further emphasize the strictness of ticket usage, the statement added, “Tickets will be in the form of paper. Please note all tickets are for the sole use of the supporter making the purchase under their Newcastle United supporter number and are strictly non-transferable.”
Additionally, it was stated that there will be random spot checks at away stadiums throughout the season, and failure to produce appropriate ID matching the purchaser’s supporter number could result in the removal of loyalty points and/or voiding of season tickets.