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INEOS change their mind over multi-million-pound Manchester United decision



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INEOS have seemingly changed their minds over a multi-million-pound decision to upgrade Manchester United’s Carrington training complex.

Manchester United relocated from the old training ground, The Cliff, to the new training facility of Carrington Training Complex during the turn of the century after it was deemed that The Cliff, which had been used since 1938, was inadequate for a Premier League club.

The Cliff is still used by the academy teams today, but Erik ten Hag‘s first-team headquarters and offices are at Carrington.

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However, in the last decade, many Premier League clubs have built new, much more impressive and modern training facilities, and it feels as though United are once again slipping behind their rivals with sides such as Manchester City and Arsenal upgrading their facilities.

With this in mind, INEOS are looking to invest in new infrastructure surrounding teams of every level at United, but they have seemingly changed their mind about what this new training facility will be.

A new decision

Last week, it was reported by The Sun that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has “greenlit” a huge redevelopment program to upgrade the Carrington training complex with a ‘pre-activation and player performance’ zone.

It was reported that this was the “brainchild” of Sir Dave Brailsford and aimed to help reduce the injury crisis that has plagued United this campaign.

However, a new report from the Manchester Evening News indicates that INEOS has, in fact, changed its mind and that Brailsford is now pushing for the construction of an entirely new complex.

It is detailed that Brailsford believes United must relocate from Carrington to a new facility. Brailsford is said to have imparted “lots of little nerdy details”, but there is a general feeling that the adjustments he is making will raise the club’s standards back to an elite level.

After conducting a thorough review, Brailsford is said to have concluded that Carrington is “not fit for purpose as an elite sports base”, meaning that moving away from Carrington instead of upgrading the facility may be the more optimal move for long-term success.