Man Utd announce first women's game at Old Trafford in front of fans

Manchester United Women will play their first ever game at Old Trafford in front of fans later this season when they host Everton in the WSL in March.

United, who typically play home games at Leigh Sports Village, have only ever played once previously at Old Trafford and it was behind closed doors because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Man Utd hosted West Ham at Old Trafford but no fans were allowed to attend | Visionhaus/GettyImages

Casey Stoney’s Red Devils beat West Ham on that occasion but it was understandably a little flat without a crowd, given it should have been a historic moment in the team’s history.

New boss Marc Skinner, who replaced Stoney following her resignation, will now lead United into the game against Everton on 27 March – for now that exact date remains subject to change depending on broadcasting decisions that will be made closer to the time.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool have all held WSL games at big stadiums in the recent past, enjoying record crowds in some cases. Indeed, United played against City at the Etihad Stadium in front of 31,000 people in September 2019.

Despite the Everton game being played at Old Trafford, ticket prices will not change and remain at £6 for adults and £3 for children/seniors as they normally would be at Leigh. Season ticket holders will be able to claim a free ticket, while others who have bought match tickets directly from the club will also get priority access before a general sale window begins on 22 November.

Everton is a particularly important game to be chosen for this moment as United are expected to be jostling for league places against the Toffees come that late stage of the season.