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Manchester United fans to protest as FC Midtjylland ramp up Europa League prices

By Paul Hirst

Manchester United fans are planning a protest against ticket prices tomorrow after being charged £71 to attend the club's Europa League away game at FC Midtjylland.

United supporters are angry at being asked to pay a premium price to watch their team in what they view as a second-rate European competition.

Banners have been prepared by some of the 800 fans attending the game at the 11,800-capacity MCH Arena.

One of them has 'WELCOME TO SCAMDINAVIA' written on it in black and white letters.

It highlights the fact that United fans have been charged £71 per ticket whereas Southampton supporters were charged just £22 when they played at the home of the Danish champions in the Europa League play-off round in August.

United fans are expected to sing about their annoyance during the game tomorrow.

"£71 to watch a Europa League game is extortionate," said Andy Mitten, author and editor of fanzine United We Stand.

"The combined cost of all three tickets for Manchester United's Champions League away games was only £75.

"Do they think United fans are three times wealthier than Southampton fans? Midtjylland are ripping fans off - their own and the 800 travelling fans."

FC Midtjylland failed to respond to requests for a comment.

Meanwhile, with United now six points outside the top four in the Premier League, Louis van Gaal has conceded his team may have to win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Marouane Fellaini insists they will not underestimate their opponents, however.

"They will be very aggressive as they want to win and show that they are a good team, but we are strong too," he said. "It will be difficult. We have to be motivated because they will be."

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