Manchester United’s Carrington training base is set for a revamp as the club prepare to invest millions to improve their infrastructure with players being consulted
Manchester United are ready to invest in Carrington as they aim to bolster the facilities at their training ground.
The club’s infrastructure has come in for criticism in recent years but the Premier League giants are ready to pour millions into a redevelopment. Last year, club chiefs lodged planning permission for the new facilities which included offices, gym, catering area, and an overspill car park.
Now the current squad are being consulted on the latest additions that are set to include additional rooms for the players to relax, reports The Sun. Quiet zones, that will be used before and after training, are on the wish list for United’s players as is a wellness area.
This would allow individuals to enjoy activities like yoga and reading. United have hired Mags Mernagh as the Program Director for Carrington Development – she was one of the brains behind Leicester City’s recent training ground investment, which is now seen as one of the finest in Europe.
It has also helped the Foxes become a regular player in the European race, even if they have fallen away this term. Last year United had put in planning permission for an all-seater stadium at Carrington as well as new floodlights. Further to that they are hoping to make more additions.
They are eyeing improved-access footpaths, pitch-side toilets, an electricity sub-station and new fencing along the east side of the Carrington training base. United have been challenged recently to ensure their facilities are on par with their Premier League rivals.
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Liverpool recently left Melwood and moved to Kirby, where they now operate at the AXA Training Center. Tottenham’s Enfield base is also well thought of whilst Manchester City have built an impressive structure around the Etihad Stadium. Gary Neville challenged the United owners to invest in the club if they have no intention of selling.
He said on the Overlap: “The first thing that should happen is they should sell the club, because of the Super League, because of their 10 years of failure without Ferguson and that team that he had. But if they really want to stay – because you can never force the Glazer family to sell – then they’ve got to do four or five things. ”
One of those was improving the training facilities with Neville adding: “They then need to build a new training ground. Me and Roy (Keane) were part of the squad when we moved 22 years ago. We were devastated to leave The Cliff, but we’ve now got a training ground that’s behind the other training grounds. “