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Sir Jim Ratcliffe statement as Man United confirm £50m training project



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Manchester United have confirmed that they will commence a £50 million project next week at their Carrington training complex.

It is claimed that significant work will be done, with INEOS’ focus on creating a high-performance collaborative environment for players and staff.

The project, which will cost around £50 million, will result in refurbishments in all areas of the building. United moved to Carrington in January 2000.

The club confirmed that renovation work will begin on Monday next week and is expected to last until the 2024/25 campaign. In the meantime, temporary adaptations will be made to the rest of the Carrington site.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe explained that his team planned for the change after their detailed review of the training ground, and he believes that this project will lead Carrington to provide the highest standards.

“We want to create a world-class environment for our teams to win. When we conducted a thorough review of the Carrington training facilities and met with our men’s first-team players, it was clear the standards had fallen below some of our peers,” he told the club website.

“This project will ensure Manchester United’s training ground is once more renovated to the highest standards.

“Lord Foster, a fellow Mancunian, has brought some great inspiration to the design, in conjunction with the Manchester United team and we look forward to seeing the improvement to the facilities but most importantly on the pitch.”

Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, who are leading the project, said: “We are delighted to lead the renewal of Manchester United’s training facility in Carrington.

“Our aim is to modernise and revitalise the building as a catalyst for future footballing success, creating spaces that inspire a culture of collaboration, unity and belonging.

“As a proud Mancunian, it is a particular honour for me to see Foster + Partners given this responsibility and we will ensure that our design captures the spirit of industry, grit and ambition that exemplifies both Manchester and Manchester United.”