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UNITED are on course to host the first ever 70,000-plus Premiership attendance on Sunday against Birmingham City and the cash coming in could go straight into Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer kitty.

The Reds' £43m expansion of the West and East quadrants at Old Trafford will swell the match-day income to £3m.

With revenue also coming in from corporate business on non-match days, United's investment in their HQ will eventually be recycled back into the team as they bid to overhaul Chelsea as Kings of England.

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After around 2,200 seats are made available on Sunday in the West quadrant between the Stretford End and North Stand, United then plan to make available more tickets that will see the Reds smash the club record gate of 70,504 for a match against Aston Villa in December 1920.

Old Trafford's new capacity of 76,000 when both quadrants are fully in operation could be before the end of the season.

England's two friendlies before the World Cup against Jamaica (May 30) and Hungary (June 3) look certain to see a joint 152,000 send off to Germany for Sven-Goran Eriksson's hopefuls.

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With the Reds' Old Trafford expansion set to be concluded when the two quadrants are complete United will reap the biggest dividends as the cycle of investment ploughs cash back into the transfer coffers.

"To expand the South Stand is not on the agenda," says chief executive David Gill.

"It would cost an arm and a leg. You have to build over the railway and you have the terraced houses in Railway Road.

"We looked at it many years ago when we did the East and West Stands but dismissed it on the grounds of cost and return. It is not something we would look at now.

"The new 76,000 capacity is a very good capacity and something we are very comfortable with. We are confident we will sell out for all the Premier League games.

"This is a continuation of the re-investment in the club. We have re-invested the success we had in the 90s back into the club whether it be the training ground or the stadium expansion, players, transfer fees and contracts.

"The money we make on the pitch we re-invest in the club and from that we go from strength to strength.

"We are looking at ways we can sensibly re-invest in the business. We believe we are one of the best clubs in the world and this is a demonstration of that."
 

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Welcome sonofhod! :thumbsup:

Back on topic: that is indeed great news. We need all the money we can get at the moment for a couple of world-class players. Hopefully Fergie spends it well.
 

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why do i get the feeling that the money will be spent on some sh*t player like duscher?
 

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Stuart Mathieson strikes again with an idiotic article. He seems to think that the seats sprouted out of nowhere for free. You still have to cover £43m in cost of construction. Those seats are an investment, and you won't just see a sudden burst of cash because of it. You have to Get through 15 games before you're even in profit on them.
 

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Stuart Mathieson strikes again with an idiotic article. He seems to think that the seats sprouted out of nowhere for free. You still have to cover £43m in cost of construction. Those seats are an investment, and you won't just see a sudden burst of cash because of it. You have to Get through 15 games before you're even in profit on them.

yeah, i heard it will take 6 years for the cost of the expansion to be cleared by the revenue from ticket sales...

still, the long-term ambition is there.... things are looking positive
 

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United wait to break 70,000 attendance

The Red Devils had hoped enough seats would be opened in the new quadrants for the Old Trafford clash with Blues to allow them to set a new league record and possibly even eclipse 70,504 - the highest attendance to watch a United game at the Theatre of Dreams, against Aston Villa in 1920.

However, while some seats have been released by Trafford Council's safety advisory group, they are not enough to take the potential capacity over the 70,000 mark and Birmingham's failure to sell their entire allocation means United will have to wait until the visit of Arsenal on April 9 to smash through the barrier.

"Tickets are still being made available and will be on sale until kick-off time," said a United spokesman.

"It appears we will fall short of the 70,000 attendance this weekend but we are confident of achieving it against Arsenal."
 

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its not a surprise its not sold out this weekend, its never been confirmed how many tickets are available, we got rejection mail first time round until new seats were opened so there was a lot of uncertainty about it so a lot of fans got regret mail first time round wont have thought to reapply.
 

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Whatever, Trafford Council seem to be trying to crash our plans.

Anyway, we have a football match to win and a EPL title to chase. :fero:

Come on Man city on Saturday!
 

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draw? lets hope they win!
 

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I reckon due to City's injury crisis they may blood some youngsters in.

And they will be eager to pit their wits against the overpaid Chelscum players.
 

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draw? lets hope they win!
yeah. but city are shit. if i were stuart pearce, i'd play one striker and 9 defenders. just keep hoofing the ball forward and let the striker work like a dog.

that way he can leave stamford bridge with a 0-0 scoreline and frustrate the living hell off jose mourinho and his technicolour overcoat.
 

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This is a really good news. I hope the money is invested wisely i.e. on two WC midfielders.
 
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