After winning the record 20th league title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge at Old Trafford, the similar set of display and performance was expected under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes.
However, things did not go as per the plan at United as they finished seventh in the league in 2013-14 season. This led to the club show the exit door to Moyes just 10 months into his six year contract.
Louis van Gaal was brought to repair the damage and under the Dutchman’s guidance, United started playing different style of football. The change did help as it helped them finish fourth in the Premier League table last season and return to the Champions League.
Despite the transition at United, the Old Trafford faithful have always supported the team, irrespective of the result. The Red Devils are named as the best supported club in England are third in Europe, behind Borussia Dortmund and treble winners Barcelona respectively.
United had total of 1.431m fans at Old Trafford with an average attendance of 75,335. The highest attendance was 75,454, while the lowers was 75,112. The difference is of bare minimum. Dortmund’s average attendance is 80,463, while that of Barcelona is 77,632.
Only Arsenal and Newcastle United have made it to the top 10 list as they sit in seventh and 10th spot respectively.
Best attended teams in Europe
1.Borussia Dortmund – total fans 1.367m Average: 80,463
2. Barcelona – total fans 1.475m Average 77,632
3. Manchester United – total fans 1.431m Average: 75,335
4. Real Madrid – total fans 1.388m Average: 73.081
5. Bayern Munich – total fans 1.239m Average: 72,882
6. Schalke 04 – total fans 1.046m Average: 61,578
7. Arsenal total fans 1.079m Average: 59,992
8. Hamburg total fans 905,278 Average: 53,252
9. Marseille total fans: 1.005m Average 52,917
10. Newcastle total fans: 956,823 Average 50,359