New Man Utd Stadium Revealed – Man Utd change stadium and training ground upgrade plans after Cristiano Ronaldo demand
Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have been dissatisfied with Manchester United's training facilities when he returned to the club from Juventus a year ago.
Manchester United reportedly altered their training facility remodeling plans in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s request upon his return from Juventus.
Following complaints from fans and players, the club intends to renovate Old Trafford and their Carrington training facility. United has lagged behind their rivals in this area, with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City enjoying cutting-edge facilities.
Ronaldo, 37, is one of Manchester United’s top talents, having won the Ballon d’Or five times. The three-time Premier League winner re-signed with United in August last year and was apparently dissatisfied with the facilities on offer, sending a request to club executives.
According to The Athletic, United made ‘interim changes’ to their long-term remodeling plans after Ronaldo expressed concern. His main gripes were said to be about the state of the swimming pool and sauna.
During his tenure with Juventus, Ronaldo had access to a cutting-edge hotel and training facilities close to the Allianz Stadium. Meanwhile, United must travel across Manchester on matchdays, from the Lowry Hotel to Old Trafford.
Surprisingly, it has been stated that neither the swimming pool nor the sauna has been refurbished since Ronaldo originally departed the club for Real Madrid in 2009. That reflects the lack of effort sanctioned by the Glazers, the club’s owners, over the last decade.
It’s no secret that Manchester United needs to refurbish Old Trafford and Carrington. Gary Neville attacked the Glazers earlier this month for letting United’s stadium rust.
“The ingrained failure over a decade and where the club now has to come back to ownership,” Neville told Sky Sports. “For a long time, I blamed Ed Woodward, but the reality is that the Glazer family placed him in control of the football team when he should not have been.
“They haven’t dealt with the football operation; they haven’t dealt with the player and recruitment department; and they haven’t dealt with the stadium, which is rusting and needs enormous repairs. Manchester United will require a billion pounds over the next two to three years to restore or upgrade its stadium.
“They will most likely require another £500-600 million for a training facility, as well as other infrastructure projects and football investment. They only have £40-£50 million in cash left in the bank; three years ago, they had £350 million in the bank, but they no longer have that. Something must be sacrificed.”
Ronaldo will be hopeful that the facilities at Carrington improve in the coming months after manager Erik ten Hag stated that he will stay at Old Trafford this summer. The Portuguese forward was looking for a move to play in the Champions League.
“That’s apparent, of course,” said Ten Hag when asked if Ronaldo is staying at United on Wednesday. “I just said we need great players, and you need more to cover all of the games and maintain consistency – that’s what we strive for.”