Oh! How the mighty has fallen. And this holds perfectly true for once upon a time champions Manchester United.
Manchester United’s fall from grace came when they were knocked out of Champions League after their defeat at Wolfsburg last week.
But their bleak future seemed more prominent when Manchester United was forced to slash their ticket prices after they were drawn against minnows Midtjylland in the Europa League on Monday.
Manchester United, for now, has slashed the ticket prices for the second leg at Old Trafford in February.
Europa League is Europe’s less glamorous competition and United place them in the same category as the Capital One Cup.
Man U were place amongst last 32 of Europa League after their knockout from Champions League.
For football fans however, the slashed ticket prices comes as a joy and relief. The reduced prices mean that there will be a 25 percent discount and season ticket holders will not face any sanction if they choose not to purchase them.
Midtjylland was formed in 1999 and is owned by Matthew Benham who also runs the Championship club, Brentford.
Midtjylland are competing in Europe for the first time.
The Danish Champions, however, were knocked out of Champions League by Cypriot side APOEL in the third qualifying round. They made the Europa League group stage by defeating Southampton in a play-off in August with a 2-1 win over Southampton.
Midtjylland won the 2014-15 Danish Superliga, their first league triumph after twice emerging as runners-up.
Excited and ready to take on the challenge against Manchester United, Mail Online quotes Midtjylland’s chairman Rasmus Ankersen as saying, “We have already beaten one English team so we are not afraid. We are a small club with a small budget and we know we can’t outspend them, so we have to out-think them. So far, this way has worked for us in the Europa League.”
“We know we have a chance and we will take up the challenge. If we can beat Southampton we can beat Manchester United and the players will believe it.”
United will be given just 600 tickets for the first leg at the 11,000-capacity MCH Stadium.