Man Utd send warning letter to 1,400 fans travelling to Feyenoord game

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Manchester United will begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday with an away game against Dutch side Feyenoord.

Although it isn't the Champions League football Manchester United fans crave, there will no doubt be thousands of Red Devils supporters travelling to Rotterdam for the Group A fixture.

And those fans who are planning on making the trip have today been warned by the Premier League club to make sure they do one thing during their trip.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the United hierarchy have sent out a letter to all 1,400 supporters travelling to the game urging them to "dress conservatively" and not make their allegiance too clear by wearing the club colours.

This reportedly includes a word of warning on wearing club scarves and the famous United jersey.

The cautious approach comes amidst safety concerns surrounding the game in light of recent crowd trouble involving Feyenoord fans.

After objects were thrown and fireworks lit by fans during last year's home fixture against Roma, UEFA handed the Eredivisie side a two-year suspended punishment that means, if there is any further trouble, they will have to play their next European fixture behind closed doors.

The Dutch side has already reduced the capacity for Thursday's game to around half of the 52,000 the De Kuip stadium is capable of holding in the hope of combatting ill-discipline.

Clearly, though, United aren't totally convinced that this week's fixture will go off without any further trouble, hence their warning to fans heading to the game.

A section of the letter, printed by the Manchester Evening News, reads:

“For your own safety it is advisable to maintain a low profile and avoid areas of potential conflict and by dressing conservatively.

“Once the game has ended, and Manchester United supporters are all out of the stadium, a special 1,200 seat train service will be provided from the stadium rail station. The service will stop at both Rotterdam and Amsterdam train stations."

Get the job done

The Old Trafford club will be hoping that they can get in and out of Rotterdam without too much trouble - on or off the pitch - on Thursday.

Having suffered his first defeat as United boss courtesy of Manchester City this past weekend, Jose Mourinho will be keen to prevent back-to-back defeats in the space of five days.

And, per the manager himself, he looks set to call upon the qualities of Marcus Rashford from the start on Thursday night.

The young English striker has impressed in limited opportunities so far this season and is reportedly set to start against Feyenoord as United begin their European campaign.

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