Manchester City announce sell out for Manchester United WSL clash

Ali Rampling
Manchester City versus Manchester United has sold out
Manchester City versus Manchester United has sold out / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Manchester City have announced that general admission tickets for their WSL clash with Manchester United on 13 February have sold out, paving the way for a potential record crowd at the Academy Stadium.

The Manchester derby has been quick to establish itself as one of the fiercest contested rivalries in the WSL, despite the two sides only meeting in the league for the first time in 2019.

Having played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the start of the season, the pair meet again at the Academy Stadium on Sunday, with City attempting to close the five-point gap between themselves and United in the final Champions League spot.

Tickets for the fixture have been snapped up quickly, with City announcing on Monday that the standing areas at the Academy Stadium were being opened up due to the demand.

The club took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the fixture has now completely sold out - although the expected total attendance is yet to be confirmed.

The Academy Stadium has a capacity of 7,000, however some seats are expected to be left empty due to the WSL protocols still in place.

The figure is expected to be a record attendance for a women's match at the Academy Stadium.

The current record of 4,214 was set in October 2016, as Manchester City beat Birmingham City 1-0 in the Continental Cup final at their home ground.

The record WSL attendance at the Academy Stadium had been chalked up the previous month, as City wrapped up the 2016 league title with victory at home to Chelsea in front of a crowd of 4,096.

Sunday's Manchester derby could also break the record for the highest WSL attendance for a match held at a women's stadiums. This currently stands at 4,790 and also involved Manchester United as the visitors, as the Red Devils lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Kingsmeadow in November 2019.

Manchester City's all-time record attendance came during the 2019 Manchester derby, with Caroline Weir's sublime long-range finish sealing a 1-0 victory at the Etihad in front of 31,213 spectators.