More than 45,000 tickets were sold for Manchester United Women’s Women’s Super League (WSL) derby match against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday, which saw the home side lose 3-1.
It was the first time the Manchester derby had been held at the 74,310-capacity Old Trafford, and some 43,615 turned up on the day meaning it was still a record attendance for United Women.
The previous attendance record for a Manchester United Women fixture was 30,196 for a game against Aston Villa last season, also held at Old Trafford.
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“When we first played at Old Trafford it felt a little bit alien but now it doesn’t feel like that,” said Manchester United Women head coach, Marc Skinner. “I think a lot of players actually support Manchester United so they have been there. Now we rock up and it’s more business-like.
“When we get to Old Trafford it’s about utilising the history of our club, all the massive moments that have happened on that pitch but it’s also about making our own moments. Our team within this club doesn’t have to just follow in the greats, it can produce its own narrative. We need to stand on the shoulders of those giants who have come before but also add our own stamp.”
A goal from United captain Katie Zelem from the penalty spot had originally put the home side in front, but three goals from City’s Jill Roord, Lauren Hemp and Khadija Shaw secured the win.