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Manchester United sell out imaginary Accrington Stanley match

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Manchester United are one of the biggest football clubs in the world and their draw around the globe is quite incredible. They're so popular they can even sell tickets for an imaginary match.

Not only can the Old Trafford outfit actually sell them, Louis van Gaal's side can SELL OUT a match that hasn't even taken place. The story behind the tickets begins with an FA Cup second round replay involving League Two side Accrington Stanley.

The Lancashire club were drawn against League One strugglers Yeovil Town in the world's oldest football competition and forced a replay after a 1-1 draw at home. The second clash between the sides was made even more crucial because it meant a home tie against Manchester United in the next round.

Unfortunately for Stanley they could not pull off the win against their opponents from Somerset and a 2-0 defeat meant the dream tie with Manchester United would not materialise. It is not just the prestige of playing against the likes of Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria, it's the financial benefit.

Hosting one of the biggest clubs in the world at such a small club usually brings the television cameras, more opportunities for advertising and usually a bigger crowd - all of this brings in much-needed extra cash.

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A club like Accrington Stanley is a long way from the glamour of the Premier League and keeping them afloat is usually a tough job. But with the FA Cup there is always a chance of an upset against far more prestigious opponents and the fame from that usually guarantees a segment on FA Cup days every year hence.

There is also the possibility of a draw, which would mean a replay at Old Trafford and a huge pay off in the gate receipts from the game.

We're Not Giving Up That Easily

Stanley were not about to give up the glamour of being connected to Manchester United that easily though, oh no. The club arranged for the printing of 250 special tickets for what chairman Peter Marsden called 'The Game That Never Was'.

Proceeds went to helping the club push for a playoff place and possible promotion to League One and such was the demand for the £20 tickets the club sold out in under 36 hours.

There was no upset at Huish Park in the third round though, as goals from Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria were enough to see off a spirited display from Yeovil.

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Accrington Stanley
League Two
Yeovil Town
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Manchester United
Premier League
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