Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s 25% stake in Manchester United came with a promise that an extra £237 million would be invested in the overall infrastructure of the club, and that promise is starting to be fulfilled.
Manchester United have been at the same training ground, Carrington, since 1999, and the facilities have received few, if any, upgrades during the Glazer’s ownership, a fact that many believe is leaving Erik ten Hag’s squad behind in their advancement when compared to their Premier League rivals.
Carrington’s lack of investment was one of the main factors in Cristiano Ronaldo’s cause of distress during his second stint at the club as he had to ‘suffer’ with the same Jacuzzis and lunch ladies that were there before his world record move to Real Madrid in 2009.
This is something that Sir Jim Ratcliffe hopes to change, and the CEO of INEOS has already begun to put things in motion.
It is being reported by MailOnline that United are looking at alternative venues as their current training base is already at its maximum capabilities, and this could hinder the club from returning to the necessary elite levels.
According to the mail, the club have had talks with High Legh Park Golf Club about potentially moving their training operations to that location, although any discussions at the moment are at the beginning stage.
United want a minimum of 100 acres of buildable land if they were to move, and this golf club offers that, boasting an 18-hole championship course, a nine whole course as well as a driving range and much more.
The golf club was put onto the market last year and is in a key area as it is close to where the majority of the players live.
The Mail’s sources say that the situation regarding the future of the Red Devils training centre remains ‘fluid’ as many options are still on the cards.
One option is that Manchester United move away from but keep Carrington and combine it with their old training ground, The Cliff, and spread their facilities across three sites. The Men will train at the new venue with the Women and the Academy teams training at the old grounds, however, this is not the preferred plan.
The preferred outcome would be that a facility big enough would be purchased for all three branches of Manchester United to train in the same location.
Perhaps United should look into getting a golf sponsor.
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