STATEMENT: West Brom v Man U tickets

Newspapers coverage after SIr Alex Ferguson announces his retirement Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

"We noticed on Wednesday that, within minutes of Manchester United announcing Sir Alex's retirement, there was a huge spike in ticket orders being placed on viagogo. With Manchester United's help, we have identified that the vast majority of these orders were lodged by United season ticket holders.

Therefore, we will not be honouring any ticket orders lodged after 8am on Wednesday, May 8. The safety of fans is paramount, which is why we so vehemently uphold the rules regarding the segregation of supporters.

I am sure that the vast majority of our supporters will keep their tickets and come and get behind the team - like they do at every home game. However, we are monitoring all platforms - like ebay - where there is the potential for tickets to fall into the wrong hands.

Anyone who sells their ticket for a price greater than face value without the consent of the club is regarded as 'ticket touting', which is a criminal offence."