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Danish champions hit back in Man Utd ticket price row

An injury hit Man Utd squad have landed in Denmark
An injury hit Man Utd squad have landed in Denmark

FC Midtjylland insist the price of tickets for Thursday's Europa League clash with Manchester United is "fair".

Fans are being charged £71 each to watch the last-32 first leg at the 11,800-capacity MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark, and United supporters are planning a protest against the cost during the match.

Southampton fans were charged just £22 when their team played Danish champions Midtjylland at the same venue in the Europa League play-off round in August.

Speaking at the ground on Wednesday at his press conference to preview Thursday's contest, Midtjylland boss Jess Thorup said: "I think this is probably the biggest game in the history of this club.

"And I am very satisfied the club have decided to play here - we could have moved the game to a bigger stadium to get more spectators and maybe earn some more money, but we decided to play here.

"I haven't heard a lot from our own fans about the price.

"Although I hear everyone is paying the same price, I think it is maybe a fair price.

"But I don't think I have to get into an argument about this. I hope, at least, that everybody gets some value for their money."

Thorup's comments echo those of Midtjylland sports director Claus Steinlein.

Steinlein, quoted earlier on Wednesday by Danish news agency Ritzaus Bureau, said: "Overall, we can say we could have sold over 50,000 tickets for this match. So in relation to supply and demand, the price might have been even higher.

"This is what it costs to see such a match. So I think, in fact, we have been fair, and we've certainly had no trouble selling tickets."