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Athletic Bilbao will be ready for United

Updated: March 7, 2012, 1:53 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

As dusk fell outside the San Mames stadium in Bilbao this past Thursday night, a long snaking queue began to form. Despite the freezing cold of the first day of March in Spain's Basque country, it soon became clear that more than 2,000 people were willing to camp out and wait in line all night simply to be first to get the chance to buy tickets for this week's classic tie at Old Trafford when Manchester United hosts Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday.

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