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Manchester United fans must collect tickets on day of Leicester game

Manchester United are hoping to decrease reselling and improve behaviour after telling supporters travelling to Leicester next month that they can only pick up their tickets in the city on the day of the game.

United fans must also show ID in order to pick up the tickets for the Premier League game at the King Power stadium on February 5.

The club are to run a ballot for their allocation of 3,271 tickets for the match.

Those who have been successful will have to produce a driving licence or passport which matches the name on the ticket at the nearby Leicester Tigers rugby club on the day of the game.

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Manchester United officials say the move is primarily aimed at making sure they get full allocations at away matches. The club believes that certainty over the ownership of tickets will improve behaviour among fans and make trouble less likely.

United have recently been rewarded with an increased allocation at Hull City for the EFL Cup semi-final and a full allocation at West Ham for the first time since 2009.

Such restrictions are commonplace for European away matches but rarely seen for Premier League games. Manchester City recently scrapped a scheme which forced fans attending Uefa Champions League away games to collect tickets on matchday after a backlash. Hundreds signed a petition after fans were forced to queue for several hours before their clash with Celtic.