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Football Match Day Guide to Manchester


Football in Manchester

Close to 76 000 Manchester United fans pack the Old Trafford stands every home game, with millions more die-hard fans tuning in from around the globe. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a golden ticket, make the most of your visit - Manchester is bursting with unmissable entertainment and culture.

Check out some of the best places to eat, drink and visit during your time in the city. We asked Peter Wood, Chairman of the Edinburgh-based supporters Edinburgh Reds, who has been attending games at Old Trafford since the 70's for his top tips.

Looking for a place to stay? Choose from a range of Premier Inn hotels in Manchester, including our Premier Inn Old Trafford hotel located just yards from the stadium.

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Manchester Piccadilly Station is the main railway station in the city and from here you can also hop on a train straight to Old Trafford. Alternatively, board a tram at one of the city centre stops and disembark at Warwick Road – just a ten-minute walk from the ground.

Elsewhere, Manchester Central Coach Station is located just a few hundred yards away from Manchester Piccadilly in the heart of the city centre.

Manchester International Airport, meanwhile, is located to the south of the city but can be easily reached thanks to excellent transport links. You can catch a train to Manchester Piccadilly, or hop aboard a bus or taxi (approx 30-minutes drive to the city centre).

Pre-match pubs in Manchester

Just a few miles southwest of the city centre, and with excellent metro links to boot, Old Trafford couldn't be easier to get to. This means you have plenty of options when it comes to soaking up the pre-match atmosphere in a few of the city's favourite bars.

The Green on Ducie Street is the ultimate sports bar, boasting indoor golf simulators, big screens, digital bowling and karaoke.

The Bierkeller features four bars under one roof, including the hugely popular Shooters Sports Bar, which specialises in great drinks deals and live sports across its countless big screens. You'll also find German beers, delicious pub grub and live music at this vibrant venue.

Where to eat in Manchester

Manchester has a diverse range of eateries, from fine dining restaurants and chic bars to laid back bistros and cafés. If you're a fan of southeast Asian flavours, however, then look no further than the vibrant China Town. In the heart of the city, you can take your pick from a host of restaurants serving specialities from China, Japan, South Korea and beyond.

Or, head south of the city centre towards Wilmslow Road – better known as Manchester's 'Curry Mile'. Wall-to-wall curry houses line this street for as far as the eye can see, many of which stay open until the small hours – ideal for an Indian, Bangladeshi or Pakistani post-match feast.

Post-match: Night on the town

Much like its food scene, Manchester's nightlife caters to a wide range of tastes, from live music bars to cocktail lounges. Head to the Funkademia club night at the Mint Lounge every Saturday, where resident DJs play everything from soul to funk into the early hours. Other great dance and music venues include Sankeys and 42nd Street.

Over at Tiger Tiger, lose yourself on the dance floors of one of the eight themed rooms, all with their own unique style and music. This is one of the most popular hangouts in town, however, so get there early to avoid long queues.

Cultural Attractions

If you're planning on spending a few days in the city, then don't miss out on the Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour. Learn all about the club's illustrious history with a behind-the-scenes tour of Old Trafford, including everything from the team dressing rooms to the dugouts, trophy room, tunnel and executive lounges. The museum features trophies and artefacts which tell the story of the club's foundation, right through to the legendary Busby Babes and Sir Alex Ferguson eras.

Can't get enough footie? Explore the history of the beautiful game at The National Football Museum, just down from Manchester Victoria station. This award winning museum features thousands of priceless football items, interactive displays, penalty shoot-out challenges and the chance to do your very own Match of the Day commentary.


Manchester is one of the UK's best shopping destinations, so make sure you set aside a few hours for some retail therapy. Aside from the city centre stores, check out the 17 000 square foot Official Manchester United Megastore at Old Trafford dedicated solely to United merchandise, from replica shirts and scarves to pet outfits.

Just a few miles along the road you'll find the spectacular "The Trafford Centre", which has loads of shops, restaurants and entertainment complexes.

Helpful supporter apps

Stay up to date with all the latest club news before, during and after the game with some of the fantastic supporter apps:

• Manchester United – Official Club App
• 90 min
• Team Manchester United
• Manchester United SMS Alert

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