Manchester United will trial a singing section at Old Trafford for the Real Socieded match in the Champions League
Supporters have complained about the atmosphere at the stadium
Thursday 19 September 2013
Manchester United will trial a 1,400 capacity singing section at Old Trafford for their Champions League match with Real Sociedad on 23 October.
It will be the second time the club have had an attempt at the venture. Before it was eventually scrapped after police objected to the relocation of visiting supporters to Tier 3 of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, opposite the manager's dug-outs.
For the match with the La Liga side, the most vocal United supporters will be in the South East quadrant where the away fans usually sit.
The move comes after supporters in the Stretford End complained that noise they were making could not be heard elsewhere in the stadium.
The club have taken the issue on board, and in April they hired an acoustic engineer in a bid to project the sound.
Dale O’Donnell, of United website Stretty News, is one of those who has campaigned for the section.
“The atmosphere for some home games can resemble a library and we want to change that,” he said.
Watch out for United midfielder Michael Carrick, who could join the vociferous fans if he is ever out injured: “Great idea to have a singing section. If I was going as a fan that's where I'd be...”
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