MK Dons expecting Manchester United sell-out for League Cup tie

The visit of Premier League giants Manchester United has Stadium MK set for a 29,000 fan sell-out.

The Dons defeated AFC Wimbledon in a rival-fuelled first round tie of the League Cup, netting three times against the fan created 'phoenix club' that was formed in the wake of Wimbledon FC's relocation to Milton Keynes.

And as a result of their 3-1 victory, the Dons were drawn with Manchester United, who were entered in the second round of the League Cup draw for the first time in 19 years. Having failed to qualify for European football last season, Louis van Gaal will take his inherited team to stadium mk on the week of 26-27 August looking to improve upon the last second round tie the Red Devils played - a famous defeat to York in 1995.

Whilst many will expect United to calmly stroll to victory, the Dons chairman Pete Winkelman hopes that the arrival of the Premier League giants will show off the potential of the club, and fill the oft-empty stadium.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio, Winkelman said: "A game like Man United brings out an awful lot of people that maybe sat on the fence before."

"I think people will be amazed at the potential that Milton Keynes has."

The Dons have failed to sell out their 30,000 seater stadium since it opened in 2007, with the record attendance currently sitting at 20,516 - courtesy of Wolves bringing 8,000 fans last season. However, it is expected that a new record of 29,000 tickets will be sold for the United game, and Winkelman hopes that this influx will help the club grow - although he knows that on-pitch success is also necessary.

"You can't grow football anywhere unless at some point you have some success. I don't think we will grow this club in Milton Keynes without having some success."

"We could get first of all into the Championship and then one day into the Premier League and we would definitely be selling out for every game."

"You need top-flight football. My frustration is that I have not been able to deliver the success on the pitch that I want to."

Whilst they may not have success against Manchester United, the influx of the new fans may just be the catalyst to bring success to MK Dons further down the line.

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