Man United increase season ticket prices again

Manchester United have confirmed they will increase season ticket prices by £1 (€1.13) a game next term.

While many clubs have reduced prices to attract more cash-strapped fans at a time of a global economic crisis, United once again feel confident about bucking the trend because they are still turning away an average of almost 5,500 fans per game.

Fans’ groups are not too impressed with the rises, which take the cost of a ticket to a top-price £49 (€55.19). The cheapest ticket at Old Trafford will be £27 (€30.41).

However, United feel the continued clamour to watch Alex Ferguson’s men - average Premier League attendances this season are 75,299 – is justified.

“We are still turning away over 5,000 people per game on average and we believe it represents good value for money,” said a United spokesman.

Earlier this month, the Glazer family revealed debts of £650m (€732).

Since then the OFT have refused to ask United to scrap their automatic cup scheme, meaning fans who do decide to purchase a season ticket – which will be reduced in number – are again committed to purchasing tickets for all cup games, apart from the Carling Cup.

In addition, the decision of the British Treasury to refuse to acknowledge tickets purchased last year should be reduced because of the mid-season cut in VAT has effectively meant supporters have felt no benefit, other than with their cup purchases.

United claim they are "highly unlikely" to add the additional 59 pence to a £27 (€30.41) ticket when VAT returns to its previous 17.5% level on December 31, although supporters’ groups remain unimpressed.

“It has been said in the past that the owners of the club will squeeze United supporters until the pips squeak and this is clearly the case,” said Sean Bones, vice-chairman of the Manchester United Supporters Trust.

“Earlier in the year, the government gave a 2.5% reduction on the price of VAT on tickets.

“The Glazers have absorbed this benefit and added more increases on top.”

More on this topic

Headway ‘shocked’ by Giggs comments after James incidentHeadway ‘shocked’ by Giggs comments after James incident

Manchester United to improve fan safety following death of supporterManchester United to improve fan safety following death of supporter

Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from footballBastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from football

De Gea apologises to fans and admits Man Utd have ‘a lot of things to improve’De Gea apologises to fans and admits Man Utd have ‘a lot of things to improve’

More in this Section

Ronaldo scores 700th career goal but cannot prevent Portugal defeatRonaldo scores 700th career goal but cannot prevent Portugal defeat

Gareth Southgate laments ‘unacceptable’ racist abuse of England playersGareth Southgate laments ‘unacceptable’ racist abuse of England players

Mooney: FAI moving away from Delaney chapterMooney: FAI moving away from Delaney chapter

Coleman positive on snatching vital winColeman positive on snatching vital win


Lifestyle

Fiann Ó Nualláin follows in the footsteps of the Fianna as he explores a province’s hills and vales.Munster marvels: Plants that are unique to a province

Cupid must be something of a motoring enthusiast, as he had most definitely steered his way in the neighbourhood when Amie Gould and Shane O’Neill met at the Rally of the Lakes 12 years ago.Wedding of the Week: Cupid steers couple to right track

When it comes to podcasting, all it takes is one idea — and who knows where it can take you.Podcast Corner: Crimes and creatures rule at Cork’s first podcast fest

Claymation meets science fiction in this enchanting film, writes Esther McCarthy.Latest Shaun adventure is out of this world

More From The Irish Examiner