Manchester United are considering the option to increase Old Trafford’s capacity from around 75,000 to 90,000. Whoopy-do, good for them I hear you say, so what has it got to do with me?
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 12, 2018
A possible problem would arise with our beloved neighbours is the issue regarding health and safety regulations. Basically, they would have to close the stadium for a whole season while the contractors built the extension.
Yep, still not interested.
Yesterday, the BBC wrote an article on the very subject. So, if you click or tap here you’ll get a better picture of what United are considering.
The predicament United have, is this. If Old Trafford was closed for any length of time where would they play?
Wembley could be an option. I mean, it would save 60,000 London based fans travelling to Manchester every other week.
Old Trafford expansion plans could leave Man United "homeless" for a season or more. https://t.co/DkIWZW4ZBA
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 12, 2018
Another unrealistic option would for United to play at clubs in and around the Greater Manchester area. For example….
Bolton Wanderers – Macron Stadium – Capacity 28,723.
Bury – Gigg Lane – Capacity 12,500.
Oldham Athletic – Boundry Park – Capacity 13,500.
Rochdale – Spotland Stadium – Capacity 10,249.
Wigan Athletic – DW Stadium – Capacity 26,138.
As you can see, none of the above are suitable.
Don’t you think the only realistic option is the 55,000 capacity Etihad?
So, if United ask City for a season long ground share and the club agrees, how would you react? How would you feel?
I can’t see it happening. I mean, how many deceased Blues would turn in their graves if that lot were to share our facilities.
To be honest, United could play their home games in a supermarket car park for all I care!
Come on CITY!