Manchester United

Man Utd 'abandon plans' for brand new training centre

Jamie Spencer
Man Utd could focus on redeveloping their existing training ground instead of building a brand new one
Man Utd could focus on redeveloping their existing training ground instead of building a brand new one / Alex Livesey/GettyImages
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Manchester United are believed to have ‘abandoned a tentative plan’ to build a brand new training centre over the eye-watering cost of simply acquiring the land they are interested in.

United famously trained at The Cliff for almost half a century from 1951 – the first-team would train at Old Trafford before that – until moving to their current Carrington base in 2000.

It has been one of the leading training facilities in world football over the years and was even expanded in 2013 when a new in-house medical and sports science centre was opened on site.

But with other rivals clubs improving their own operations and the Carrington facility now over 20 years old, the time has come to take action to ensure United don't fall further behind.

One option is to build a brand new training centre from the ground up. But The Sun reports that having identified a potential site at the Tatton Estate near Knutsford in Cheshire, United have been put off by the ‘prohibitive’ cost of buying the land in the first place.

It is said the club would have to spend ‘tens of millions’ before any of the work on building what would be a £200m facility could even begin. It therefore doesn’t come across as cost effective.

Instead, United are expected to begin trying to buy up more land around the existing Carrington site, which was itself farmland prior to the project in the late 1990s.

The club has already appointed Mags Mernagh, who previously helped deliver Leicester’s new £130m training centre, as Programme Director for Carrington development.

United executives have continued to preach in recent months a more holistic approach, knitting together the development of the men’s, women’s and academy teams more closely than before.


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