Twitter cannot believe how empty stadium is for Manchester United’s clash with San Jose

MANCHESTER UNITED played out their friendly against San Jose Earthquakes in front of a half-empty stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Despite the return of Alexis Sanchez after a visa issue delayed the start of his US tour, high prices and a lack of World Cup stars meant fans stayed away, which stunned some fans on Twitter.

Fans were a rare sight in some stands at Levis Stadium
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The crowd at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, home to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, appeared to be closer to 30,000 than the venue’s 68,000 capacity.

It marks the second time in a row that United have failed to draw a big crowd on their US tour, with just 37,000 turning out to see their 1-1 draw with Mexican team Club America on Thursday night.

High ticket prices, going up to as much as an eye-watering $225 (£171) for some seats, and a lack of World Cup stars are being blamed for the poor attendances.

Big names such as David de Gea, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba are still on holiday following the tournament in Russia.


Fans could be saving their cash for United’s other three fixtures in the States, when they take on a series of much bigger names in the International Champions Cup.

They face AC Milan at the nearby StubHub Center on Wednesday before meeting Liverpool in Michigan three days later, for which more than 100,000 fans are expected.

They then round out their American tour on July 31 against Real Madrid in Miami.

Sanchez made his return to the United squad against San Jose after missing the first week of the tour due to visa issues.

The Chilean was reportedly denied entry over his 16-month suspended jail sentence for a tax fraud case in Spain.

He was found guilty of defrauding the authorities over payments for image rights during his time with Barcelona.

Sanchez accepted the sentence and paid an £890,000 fine to avoid going to prison.

But despite the draw of Sanchez as he finally arrived in the States, fans did not rush to catch him in action.

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