Sir Alex Ferguson stand could be closed for Europa League clash

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Manchester United could be forced to close the Sir Alex Ferguson stand for their Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland. 

This has been reported by The Sun, who claim that the Red Devils may well have to shut the stand named after their legendary manager as they haven't been able to sell enough tickets. 

United, of course, are set to embark on a Europa League challenge after they were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages. 


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Understandably, then, the Old Trafford faithful are less than excited at the prospect of playing host to FC Midtjylland.

The European minnows, who knocked out Premier League outfit Southampton in the qualifying round of the competition, currently sit in third place in the Danish Superliga.

Bizarre experience 

The Theatre of Dreams may well pride itself on an incredible capacity of 75,635, but it appears that far less than that figure will be in attendance during United's European clash on February 25. 

The Sir Alex Ferguson stand alone holds a 26,000 capacity, so the fixture may well prove to be a bizarre experience for all involved. 

But Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal should take the competition very seriously. Why? Well, if United land the trophy, they will secure a place in next year's Champions League competition. It's not going to be easy for them to do that in the Premier League - they currently sit five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal - so they shouldn't dismiss the importance of the European tournament. 

Van Gaal, who is striving to save his Manchester United career, is also in need of a trophy. The Europa League may not be the most prestigious prize on offer, but it's still a trophy for the Dutchman to claim. 

Do you think United will take the Europa League seriously? Have your say below! 

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