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Old Trafford For League One Play-Offs

Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium has been confirmed as the venue for the npower League One play-off final this season.

United's stadium, the biggest club stadium in the country, will host both League One and League Two play-off finals this season due to the Champions League final being held at Wembley, the usual play-off final venue, over the same weekend.

The Championship play-off final will still go ahead at Wembley, on Monday May 30, with the Champions League final scheduled for Saturday, May 28.

The League One play-off final will take place on Sunday, May 29.

It could Wednesday will be playing at Old Trafford this season if they fail to make the automatic promotion spots in League One and have to settle for a top-six spot.

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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 21 2011

Time: 10:58AM

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20 minutes down the road from me......perfect. would have loved wembley though.
preferred wembley but old trafford holds 75000 that might just get us all in there. lol
carlton owl
I love the optimism, but we have got to get there yet!
with a bit of luck and all the dead wood now asked to leave we should not need the playoffs with a bit of luck and a good running streak.
come on wednesday pull your socks up so we don't have to go to manchester, of course i'll be more than happy to take winning the playoffs at old trafford - the main thing is GETTING OUT OF THIS LEAGUE. 3 points tomorrow would be a good start.
Patrick Blondeau
A day out in Manchester wasn't what i had in mind. Its what happens on the day that matters, if we are lucky enough to have the opportunity.
would have preferred cardiff
Its a cheaper option, and we will have spent a fortune on the FA Cup final at Wembley, so should be OK.
Radon Barrier
Hope we dont get to play at Old Trafford this season. Automatic spot is what I'd be aiming for. Playoffs are a major gamble. Not always the best team that goes through. Our garbage neighbours proved that!
im happy with OT to be honest, live in newcastle now but have friends in manc so will be a hell of a lot cheaper than trying to get down to london.
Would have preferred Cardiff but I reckon with a very very good run we can nab 2nd come May.
Just forget it after today lads, we're going nowhere.
ecco owl
Time for a reality check boys and girls totally agree ecco it can only get better surely
So much for strengthening the defence, Purse must have chuckled to himself after todays debacle, put it down to new players getting used to each other. Many more results like this though and MM may start getting an itchy finger!!
If we're lucky enough to make the playoffs...... arter todays performance...... I think not!
Yeah you can say the players havnt gelled, Ai got to go, sod the new signings, how long are they gonna wait till they act, too late I think, just like the laws debacle, not gonna get second not the playoffs while that idiots in charge!!!
which idiot shall we get next then? there must be a manager out there who can guarantee no bad performances or defeats. who is he?
Hirsty's Shinpads
ha, it must be dire if even nicky boy cant be bothered to put up the match report, i dont blame you pal.
6 ponits off playoff spot, 7 points off relegation spot, can't beat anybody in top six and stuggling to beat teams in bottom six. very very poor
tommy craig
Another heavy defeat having spent large sums of money bringing in loads of new players and having the leagues biggest wages bill by a mile.....look on the bright side at least we will have a sheff derby next season in league one......because our embarassement of a club are going down!!! least you lot have some hope we have none at all....and its guna get a lot worse......however it did make me smile when i saw the league one table last night!! lol.
Hirstyshinpads, You actually want this man in charge! Idiot yes he is, he can't of rated purse to get rid of him that easily, but yet still played him every game, we've not just been beaten this season we've been battered, 5-0 nil Exeter, 4-0 leyton, Carlisle have battered us, Were not going anywhere this season I've accepted that, I'd change now, try and rescue this season and if not build for next but not while we've got this man in charge.
Bfl finally we have something we can agree on!
oh look who's back, was only a matter of time i suppose. Agree with OWL25, a new face with fresh idea's might just save our season, we are going nowhere with AI, he's had a year now and is slowly going backwards.
Hirstyshinpads, if you go the league managers association website they've got a list of all available managers, granted there's some big names that will not look twice at us, but there's some really good managers there and not a well badged coach like we've got, not looking for an argument just my opinion, however I do hope AI proves me wrong!
I feel AI is a good coach and can spot a good player, but his tactics are suited to a team looking to stay up (understand that didnt work last year) or mid-table. He is not positive enough to push for promotion, it is for this reason that yes i think he should go, bottom line is we have the best squad, wage bill is at least double the L1 average and we are closer to relegation than to auto promotion - Not good enough!
John Sheridan is the reason i support SWFC, and i would hate him to go, fail and tarnish his rep. (e.g. Danny Wilson). But i think the time is right, he is top of L2 and will have MM's money to back him. If we cant get him then, Chris Hughton would be great!
it seems that when you win all is ok, but a loss and it's irvine out all the time....heard kevin blackwell is being lined up as he is good friends witn MM.....and were each others best mans!!! very interesting!!!
the point i'm trying to make is that as soon as we lose a few games we get calls for the managers head, it is relentless and hence why we have not had a period of stability for nearly 20 years. irvine might not be the right man but how will we ever find the right one unless he hits the ground running because lets be honest here there is no patience (irvine is only half way into his first full season!)
Hirsty's Shinpads
i've looked on the LMA available list and out of interest lets assume we could pick anyone from that list, who would anyone pick? Assume we hadn't employed Irvine and he was on that list, he'd be a favorite? Most of them on there have been fired for poor results. Could we be sure of improvement?
Hirsty's Shinpads
Its not just losing a few games though is it! We're getting smashed by 4 or 5 goals by teams like Exeter and Leyton Orient! Having looked at the LMA list Hirsty and if we could have anyone it would have to be O'Neill for me I think! Excellent motivator of players and tactician, doesn't tolerate board room politics so doubt he would get on with MM!! Plus would never come down to League 1? of the realistic candidates on there, i'm struggling to see who I would want even if we could have them? Definitely not Allardyce or anyone like that? Perhaps a combo of Vialli and Zola to inject a bit of colour into the club as a whole and would have pulling power in terms of players? I just want some one who can play good football like O'Driscoll and no one on that list fits that bill for me except poscibly Vialli & Zola!! So, to sum up, I don't know!
Owls That!
Totally undrstand your comments hirsty about stability, but at the end of the day were playing 3rd division football not sugar coated league one, 3rd division and were getting battered, I think he's made some good signings but I think our season is nearly over, and I can't see him getting us promoted this season or next!
Irvine should think himself lucky, Brian Laws would loved to have had the backing of the chairman who let him spend a bit of money on a few decent players instead of on loan players, but all he got was the first chairman in football history never to spend a penny on the club, apart from on his pies. All in all hirsty's shinpads he's signed 13 and 1 loan and were no better off now than we were a year ago, time to go and let this chairman spend some decent money on a proper manager own is not more concerned about the opposition than what his own team is supposed to be doing. My prediction would be break the bank a get Martin o'neil, after all he got Swen to go to Leicester, so who knows never say never.
ecco owl
That should say (on a proper manager who is not more concerned)
ecco owl
We desperatly need stability in our once great club with regard to the managers position. Is AI the right man for the job?, he seems highly rated by pundits, players and fellow managers. Although we now have the funds to improve the squad, the team/formation selection and tactics will remain the same. Although I have only been to a handful of games this season (cash flow issues), it appears a very defensive team that only hoofs the ball up field in hope of scoring a goal (apart from the Bristol Rovers game). What ever happened to PLAYING football?!? Do we give AI more time or has he had enough? I don't know the answer, but what I do know is that in this league we are seriously under achieving and that needs to change NOW if we are to have any chance of playoffs. A miracle is needed for the automatics.....

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