This is only guess work but it appears from some quick analysis of the club’s own website that there are c.12,135 Season Tickets on sale right now. That is a figure unlikely to reduce with the appointment of Steve Bruce as Mike Ashley’s latest  stooge. Bruce’s imminent appointment will not set the pulses racing, instil any confidence or more importantly get the punters through the turnstiles. A line appears to have been crossed now. 

That figure(12,315) takes into account away sections and other parts of SJP blocked off for various reasons. That would suggest that the club now has between 30-35,000 season ticket holders. You might recall that under Rafa going into the 2016/17 season, United sold a staggering 44,000 season tickets following relegation. That was in The Championship. 

The information passed to us following Rafa’s departure from within the club told us the season ticket cancellations had been “massively significant“. Others have speculated the figure for supporters cancelling ST Direct Debits might be around the 10,000 mark. The rough analysis as above would suggest that figure of around 10,000 could be reasonably accurate. 

This rough arithmetic does not factor those who are hanging on awaiting news on a takeover before chucking it if that doesn’t happen – which right now looks a million miles away. It is unlikely walk-up fans for the Arsenal game, subject of a growing clamour on social media to boycott, will fill the places of those who have had enough. It is not inconceivable the Arsenal game, Bruce’s first as manager of United might attract less than half of the turn-out for Rafa’s last versus Liverpool in May which would serve to illustrate as a damning indictment of the direction of our club under the suffocating stewardship of Mike Ashley. 

The terms of Bruce’s contract may well be instructive regards where the takeover is at. If there is anything that suggests a long term deal, that might hint any takeover is severely at risk.