Man Utd’s £20m Old Trafford revamp after Gary Neville’s rant and Joel Glazer’s promise

Manchester United wrap up a £20m renovation of Old Trafford, with co-chairman Joel Glazer more improvements are on the way in investments to the club’s infratructure

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Manchester United have given Old Trafford a £20m facelift – with more work to come as co-chairman Joel Glazer makes good on his promise to invest in the club’s infrastructure.

The Red Devils have updated dressing rooms and broadcast media facilities, as well as renovating stand paintwork and installing barrier seating in the J stand.

The club have also relaid the pitch ahead of the new Premier League season.

Visiting teams were forced to change in a temporary structure due to stringent Covid-19 protocols, allowing United to revamp their changing areas.

Work has now been completed to enlarge the home dressing room, as well as creating a new, larger away changing room which will be housed on the other side of the player tunnel at Old Trafford.

Co-chairman Joel Glazer, pictured with brother Avram, had committed to renovating Old Trafford back in June



United have also revamped their disabled facilities to the tune of £11m.

There is set to be more work at Old Trafford in the near future too.

Glazer promised to invest in Old Trafford and the club’s infrastructure earlier this year, including work on their training ground.

“Old Trafford is at the heart of Manchester United and while we have spent over £100m over the last 10 years on infrastructure projects, we will now accelerate the process of planning much more significant investment and upgrades to the stadium,” Glazer said at a fan forum back in June.

“I do want to stress that these projects take time to plan and get right. But, rest assured, we will consult with supporters throughout the process to end up with a result we can all be proud of.

“The same goes for our training ground. Preliminary and exploratory planning work is already under way and there will be significant funding available to further enhance our facilities and ensure they remain world class.”

That promise made in June was made in response to criticism of Old Trafford’s condition over recent years.

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Old Trafford had been labelled as outdated recently after years of neglect

It was famously slammed by Gary Neville during a rant on Sky last year.

“You look at the club now, this stadium I know it looks great here (on TV) but if you go behind the scenes it’s rusty and rotting,” Neville said.

“The training ground is probably not even top five in this country, they haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final in 10 years and we haven’t won a league here for eight years.”

Gary Neville has previously slammed the state of Old Trafford and the Glazers


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“The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict, while every other club seems to be developing the facilities and the fan experiences.”

“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements, and the fans are saying enough is enough.'”

The Glazers have been the subject of repeated fan protests against their ownership ever since taking charge of the club.

United’s outlay off the pitch has been matched on it this season with the mega-money deals for Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be expected to mount a realistic title challenge this year after splashing out £73m on Sancho and £42m on Varane.

United made the best possible start on that front, smashing rivals Leeds United in an emphatic 5-1 at Old Trafford last weekend.

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