Manchester United have asked fans for their input on plans to redevelop Old Trafford.
United announced in April that global architectural firm Populus and management consultants Legends International had been appointed to oversee the transformation of one of the country’s most iconic football stadiums.
The Glazer family, United’s owners, have come in for heavy criticism from supporters for allowing Old Trafford to become outdated over the years but moves are now underway to give the club a state of the art new home.
United are thought to favor redevelopment of the existing ground and expansion of the south stand which could catapult capacity to up to 88,000 seats rather than build an entirely new stadium on land around the current site.
But the club are keen to hear the opinions of fans and shared a survey via email on Wednesday in the hope of canvassing as many views as possible.
United have been consulting with the fans’ advisory board and fans’ forum over the redevelopment plans but have now offered all season tickets holders, official members, executive club members and other supporters’ groups the opportunity to provide their views directly to the club.
They are also working separately with the United disabled supporters’ association to ensure accessibility requirements are given every consideration.
“We want to hear from as many fans as possible during this process to ensure we can capture all their views and understand what our supporters want from a world class stadium in the future,” Collette Roche, United’s chief operating officer, said. “This important survey is the first stage of our wider consultation with fans and will be followed by focus groups and further targeted surveys to make sure fan voice is at the heart of our decision-making process.”
United have asked fans to submit the survey – which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete – by 5pm on Monday July 25th.
Harry Maguire was happily waving to supporters as he prepared to board the team coach after Tuesday’s game against Liverpool at the Rajamangala Stadium when a man started racing towards the United captain shouting “Harry! Harry! ”
He ended up being stopped in his tracks before he could get to Maguire by United’s security staff, presumably mistaking him for an over-zealous fan but clearly unaware that the person they had just halted was the game’s principal organizer, Vinij Lertratanachai.
Hopefully Lertratanachai, who had been presented with a ceremonial plate by Erik ten Hag in advance of the match, got to say goodbye to some of Maguire’s team-mates without the same difficulty.
There was an interesting choice of referee for United’s game against Liverpool with the team-sheet listing one Andrea Marriner as the official in charge. Turned out it was just a typo in the end.
With Maguire not risked because of a minor injury, Axel Tuanzebe also unavailable and Phil Jones in Manchester working on an individual fitness program, Alex Telles had to be drafted into central defense alongside Eric Bailly for the second half against Liverpool with Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof among the half-time changes.
As a result, United have decided to fly 19-year-old Will Fish out to Melbourne for the second leg of the tour as cover in the position so Telles does not have to play as a makeshift center-half again.
United’s first-choice goalkeeper David De Gea came off against Liverpool with a second-half injury that Ten Hag will hope is nothing too serious.