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Security fears raised for Manchester derby after City's reduced allocation may lead fans to buy tickets in the HOME end… as United struggle to sell out Old Trafford Man United play Man City at Old Trafford in first leg of semi on Tuesday Tickets are effectively on open sale as United struggle to sell out the ground This has raised fears City fans may snap up tickets in home sections  It comes after the clubs slashed away ticket allocations for both legs  City would be entitled to 7,000 tickets but will receive just 3,000 for the game 

By Mike Keegan For Mailonline

Published: 09:28 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 09:28 GMT, 7 January 2020

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Concerns have been raised that the decision to cut the away allocation at Tuesday night's Manchester derby on safety grounds may actually end up triggering trouble.

Last month, in a controversial move, United and City decided to slash the number of tickets available for away fans for each leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

Each club has been given a visiting allocation of around 3,000 – far less than what they were entitled to under competition rules.

Manchester United are struggling to sell out Old Trafford for Tuesday night's EFL Cup semi-final, first leg against Manchester City, leading to security fears

are struggling to sell out Old Trafford for Tuesday night's semi-final, first leg against Manchester City, leading to security fears

There were plenty of empty seats at United's Carabao Cup quarter-final with Colchester but the prospect of a derby with City hasn't captured the imagination either

There were plenty of empty seats at United's Carabao Cup quarter-final with Colchester but the prospect of a derby with City hasn't captured the imagination either

Tickets were readily available on general sale on the morning of the first leg at Old Trafford

Tickets were readily available on general sale on the morning of the first leg at Old Trafford

The first leg takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, but United have struggled to sell out. 

Tickets are now effectively on open sale – prompting fears that City fans will take the opportunity to buy seats in home sections

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