Manchester United ‘SCRAP tentative plans to move out of their Carrington training ground and build a new £200m base at the Tatton Estate over the staggering cost of relocating’ with the Red Devils ‘set to revamp their current site instead’
- The club’s training base is currently Carrington, seven miles from Old Trafford
- They moved their in 2000 after leaving their iconic Cliff training ground
- United bosses had plans for a £200m building but ‘found land too expensive’
Manchester United have reportedly given up on plans to move away from their Carrington training ground after discovering it will cost too much money to relocate.
The Trafford Training Centre, more commonly known as Carrington, has been United’s home since 2000 when they moved from their iconic Cliff training ground.
Since moving to the new site seven miles away from Old Trafford and west of Manchester, the building has seen several upgrades including a medical centre and sports science department built in 2013.
Manchester United have scrapped plans to move training base after the fee to do was too high
The club’s training base is Carrington which is located seven miles away from Old Trafford
Despite this additions, United were reported to be looking into sites elsewhere as they believed they had outgrown their current site.
The Sun reports United higher ups had touted the Tatton Estate, which is the largest private landowner in East Cheshire, responsible for 5,000 acres, as a potential new base of operations but have performed a U-turn after discovering how much it would cost.
The estimated cost of building a state-of-the-art facility on the estate was reportedly £200million but it was the cost of the land that caused United bosses to change their mind.
They moved there from iconic training ground The Cliff in 2000 and have made additions
Instead, the club will once again aim to redevelop Carrington and have reportedly already appointed Mags Mernagh as programme director for the project.
Mernagh previously worked at Leicester City and was instrumental in delivering their £130m training ground.
It’s reported that staff were informed by email last week that she will be ‘responsible for delivering the vision and plan for a world-class training ground redevelopment.’
A medical centre was built in 2013 but the club is reported to believe the site is now too small
United are instead likely to focus on buying more land around Carrington as an alternative
A United insider revealed to the Sun: ‘The club had looked at moving to Tatton but received word that it would cost tens of millions of pounds before a spade was even in the ground.
‘Carrington needs to deliver for the men’s, women’s and Academy teams at all levels and the bosses know it will take big money to do it right.’
United are likely to focus on buying more land around Carrington as an alternative.
The club have previously struggled to find sponsorship for their Carrington ground after their contract with AON expired at the end of last season. They had raked in £120m across the eight-year deal.
However, they later announced a training kit sponsorship with blockchain platform Tezos in a deal worth £20m per season.