Manchester United will pay all visa costs for fans travelling to Russia for the club’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow.
The club did the same last season for the game against FC Rostov, also in Russia.
The latest gesture has been welcomed by the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST), which has been a vocal critic of the Glazer family who own the club.
A United spokesman said: “We are pleased to confirm that the club has committed to covering the cost of supporter visas, up to a maximum of £118.20.”
Fans must supply their passport to the Russia consulate in Manchester and then forward a copy of the receipt to United for the September 28 fixture.
A statement from MUST said:
It is good to see Manchester United supporting our travelling fans in Europe by covering the costs of Russian visas for the CSKA Moscow away game. This comes following requests from M.U.S.T - the Manchester United Supporters Trust. M.U.S.T has consistently lobbied the club for greater support for our fans, both at home and away.
“Recent wins this season include more discounted youth season tickets being made available around the ground and also cheaper League Cup tickets. Previously our discussions have also resulted in visa fees being covered for the last Russian away match in Rostov as well as laying on free coaches at European away games and to domestic finals and semi-finals at Wembley too.”
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Manchester City have been warned by their manager that they must attack in the Champions League tonight.
Pep Guardiola believe that attempts to sit on their lead against Monaco will end in defeat.
City carry a 5-3 aggregate lead into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against the Ligue 1 leaders after a pulsating clash between the two attack-minded sides in Manchester last month.
Manager Guardiola admitted after the first leg his side were unlikely to be able to contain Monaco at Stade Louis II and he maintains attack will be their best form of defence.
Monaco have scored 123 goals in all competitions this season and their loss to City at the Etihad Stadium was their only reverse in 17 games since mid-December.
"Taking the ball and attacking as much as possible is the only way I know to beat this type of team.
"If one team scores 124 goals (actually 123) and you are thinking about only defending for 90 minutes because we won one game 5-3, you kill yourself.
"Monaco are a team created to attack and our team is created to attack, or at least to score goals, so in that way it will be a great game. I invite people to come here and see a good game."
VIDEO- Guardiola on Monaco:
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