Milton Keynes Dons chairman Pete Winkelman believes the expected sell-out for the Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United demonstrates the League One club’s potential.
The visit of Louis van Gaal’s side to stadium:mk next Tuesday is expected to attract 29,000 fans; a total that would beat the record attendance of 20,516 set when the Dons welcomed Wolverhampton Wanderers for a third tier fixture last season.
“A game like Man United brings out an awful lot of people that maybe sat on the fence before,” Winkelman was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“I think people will be amazed at the potential that Milton Keynes has.”
MK earned their match with United by defeating AFC Wimbledon, who were formed by fans unhappy with the decision to relocate Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes in 2003.
Winkelman’s outfit have struggled to fill their stadium since that contentious move 11 years ago, with gates currently hovering around 8,600 following successive averages of over 10,000 between 2008 and 2010, and the chairman says promotion is necessary if the club are to increase their levels of support.
“We could get first of all into the Championship and then one day into the Premier League and we would definitely be selling out for every game,” he added.
“You need top-flight football. My frustration is that I have not been able to deliver the success on the pitch that I want to.”