Sergio Aguero may have given Manchester City something to cheer about due to his fourth minute goal scored against AS Roma at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening, but there were not too many fans to chant his name as the ground was far from full.
The City of Manchester Stadium has an official capacity of 60,000, however, only 37,509 paid tickets for the Champions League tussle and, as legendary Manchester United midfielder turned football analyst Paul Scholes pointed out, the bulk of the noise came from the visitors.
"The crowd need to get behind this team [and] need to create a special European atmosphere," he said during the ITV broadcast last night.
"I was lucky enough to play at Old Trafford and we always talked about the atmosphere on a Tuesday night, the special atmosphere you create, and the crowd is rocking when you go out for a warm up. When you come here it just doesn't have a European night feel to it," Scholes noted.
"You go to Liverpool, you go to Old Trafford, you go to Chelsea, they have a special feeling for it. Tonight I don't think there is [a special atmosphere]. I don't think they realise what a big game this is."
Rio Ferdinand also pointed out the lack of support for City and the former United mainstay defender, now at Queens Park Rangers, asked: "How many empty seats are there at City vs Roma by the way? It's a big Champions League game and fans would rather watch Ramsay's Kitchen or something."
United fans also lampooned their local rivals on Twitter, with many attempting to get the hashtag "Emptihad" trending.
No European football for 24 years is difficult to take but it makes it easier to know that City are still not going to win the CL. #MUFC— Frenetic Traveller (@Samuel_J_Russel) October 1, 2014
37,000 at man city game last night. And they call themselves a big club. Manchester is red!!!! #mufc— Kayleigh Cousins (@_Kayleigh_C) October 1, 2014
MUFC is life (@RedBrigade_MUFC) October 1, 2014
I think it's time Man City downsized to a smaller stadium. Might not look so embarrassing for them when they can't fill it. #mufc— Danielle Rosenfield (@DaniRosenfield) October 1, 2014
Almost as many empty seats at the Etihad last night as there were at Old Trafford! Only difference, City actually had a European game! #MUFC— KrishnaMUFC (@NotThatKrish) October 1, 2014