Old Trafford smashes another Europa League attendance record

A crowd of 73,063 turned out at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United beat Fenerbahçe on matchday three, an improvement of 6,000 on the previous group stage high.

Former United forward Robin van Persie applauds the Old Trafford crowd after his consolation for Fenerbahçe
Former United forward Robin van Persie applauds the Old Trafford crowd after his consolation for Fenerbahçe ©Getty Images

Manchester United have set another UEFA Europa League attendance record after 73,063 turned out at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United beat Fenerbahçe 4-1 on matchday three.

That smashed the group stage record of 57,000 set when Dortmund hosted Gabala last year, and means United have now had three of the competition's top four attendances. Among them is the overall record of 75,180, the crowd for March's round of 16 second-leg meeting with Liverpool.

Borussia Dortmund supporters
Borussia Dortmund supporters©Getty Images

Highest attendances in the UEFA Europa League
1. 75,180
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool, 17/03/2016, round of 16 second leg
2. 73,063
Manchester United 4-1 Fenerbahçe, 20/10/2016, group stage
3. 67,553
 – Dynamo Kyiv 5-2 Everton, 19/03/2015, round of 16 second leg
4. 67,328
 – Manchester United 1-2 Ajax, 23/02/2012, round of 32 second leg
5. 65,851
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Porto, 18/02/2016, round of 32 first leg

Highest attendances in UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
1: 110,000
 – Real Madrid 0-0 Ipswich Town, 03/10/1973, first round second leg
2: 93,000
 – Real Madrid 2-1 Torino, 01/04/1992, semi-final first leg
3: 92,000 – Dynamo Kyiv 1-1 Eintracht Braunschweig, 14/09/1977, first round first leg
4: 90,832
 – Barcelona 0-0 Liverpool, 05/04/2001, semi-final first leg
5= 90,000
 – Barcelona 1-2 Bayern München, 16/04/1996, semi-final second leg
5= 90,000 – Real Madrid 3-0 Internazionale Milano, 24/04/1985, semi-final second leg
5= 90,000 – Real Madrid 6-1 Anderlecht, 12/12/1984, third round second leg
5= 90,000 – Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 Napoli, 13/09/1978, first round first leg
5= 90,000 – Barcelona 2-1 Aston Villa, 15/03/1978, quarter-final second leg

Bayern and Bolton in 2007
Bayern and Bolton in 2007©Getty Images

Group stage record: 66,000 – Bayern München 2-2 Bolton Wanderers, 08/11/2007

Highest attendances in UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League play-offs/qualifying
1: 65,190 – Borussia Dortmund 5-0 Wolfsberg, 06/08/2015, third qualifying round second leg
2: 64,200 – Borussia Dortmund 7-2 Odd, 27/08/2015, play-off second leg
3: 52,034 – Schalke 04 6-1 HJK Helsinki, 25/08/2011, play-off second leg
4: 51,862 – Crvena zvezda 1-2 Stade Rennais, 18/08/2011, play-off first leg
5: 51,795 – Celtic 3-0 (forfeit, original result 0-0) Sion, 18/08/2011, play-off first leg

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