PICTURE: Real Sociedad fans take over Manchester as electric atmosphere starts early

by Sam Peoples

The atmosphere on a European night at Old Trafford is always electric but tonight has all the makings of one of the best atmospheres in years.

Deansgate was shut down and traffic came to a standstill as throngs of Real Sociedad fans made their way through Manchester tonight on their way to Old Trafford.

Over 6000 Sociedad fans have made the trip from Spain and on top of what will be a loud away support, United are going to trial a singing section tonight.

Nearly 1500 fans will pack into the traditional away stand armed with banners, flags and their voices in an attempt to inject some much needed life back into Old Trafford.

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