Both the Manchester clubs have been cleared to play home games at the same time.
Manchester United and their local rivals Manchester city have been drawn home games in the fourth round of Capital One Cup on 28th September. Manchester United will host Middlesbrough at 8 pm at Old Trafford on that day while City will face Crystal Palace at 7.45pm at the Etihad Stadium.
The combined capacity of the two stadiums is 1,30,000 and these many fans will be involved in travelling in the two games which can be a huge challenge for Greater Manchester Police.
Greater Manchester Police will have to work hard to avoid any ‘disorder’.
Chief Inspector Dean Howard from Greater Manchester police’s force events unit, said: “Due to the football fixture schedule, both Manchester United and Manchester City are scheduled to play their League Cup ties at their home grounds on Wednesday 28 October.”
“This is an unusual situation, although it is not the first time we have had this happen. Both teams played at home against different opposition on the same night in 2009, in the same competition. GMP are working with both clubs, and other partners, in an effort to minimise any disruption to local communities and reduce the risk of any disorder taking place.”
In September 2009, Manchester City faced Fulham at home as Manchester United played Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford, also in the League Cup.
Two years ago before then, The City had played Paris Saint-Germain in a UEFA Cup tie while United played Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup.