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Man Utd fall short of selling season tickets

Manchester United have failed to sell their full season ticket allocation, falling 2,000 short.

It is the first time in two decades that the Red Devils have been unsuccessful in selling their entire quota indicating that they have fallen victim to the credit crunch.

United have sold more than 51,000 season tickets which is more than some clubs total capacity but are still short of the 54,000 they planned to sell.

Chief executive David Gill said the fact that there is spare capacity is not a major problem.

"I think the bare facts are that the club is in good financial shape, which is pretty good in the current climate," Gill said.

"The ticket sales have held up. We sold out for Newcastle and West Ham but we are not complacent and we've got to keep working to make sure that we fill the ground for every game and we'll do that by playing great football, attractive football, exciting football that brings fans in.

"We've had another very successful year off the pitch when we announced our results for June 2010 they were excellent, generating cash," he added.

"We have put in place a long-term financial structure for the club with the bond, obviously that's serviced on a regular basis. So no I don't think it impacts us at all - I think we've got to be comfortable."

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