Sir Jim Ratcliffe plans to move Manchester United out of Old Trafford

Sir Jim Ratcliffe plans to move Manchester United out of Old Trafford

Britain’s richest man and Manchester United’s majority shareholder, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has unveiled his audacious plan to relocate Manchester United to a brand-new stadium, away from the “tired” Old Trafford.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe plans to move Manchester United out of Old Trafford

This isn’t just any proposal; Ratcliffe envisions the new venue as a northern powerhouse, capable of hosting England’s national games, FA Cup semi-finals, and even the Champions League final. This is marking a significant shift in the country’s sports infrastructure towards the north.

Ratcliffe with a Northern Powerhouse in the Making

Ratcliffe’s vision extends beyond just a home ground for Manchester United. He’s proposing a monumental shift in English football. By suggesting the construction of a new national stadium in the north of England.

“It’s about time someone built a national stadium in the north of England,” Ratcliffe stated, as reported by the Daily Star.

His ambition is fueled by the belief that such a move would not only elevate Manchester United’s stature. Also serving as a beacon for major sporting events across the north, challenging the traditional London-centric focus.

Old Trafford’s Future in Question

The decision comes on the heels of Ratcliffe acquiring a significant 27.7 per cent stake in Manchester United. Points to a clear indication of his commitment to revitalizing the club’s fortunes.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe Photo Credit: || IMAGO

Old Trafford, with its rich history and legacy, is the heart of Manchester United since 1910. Ratcliffe though points out the logistical and structural challenges of modernizing the iconic stadium.

He highlighted the broader need for regeneration in the surrounding Trafford Park area, emphasizing the potential to transform the south side of Manchester into a vibrant hub, anchored by a world-class stadium.

Ratcliffe’s critique extends to the wider issue of regional imbalance in the UK’s infrastructure investments. He notes the cancellation of the HS2 rail project and the concentration of national sports venues in the south.

“There is a bias in the UK in terms of where national stadiums have been built – they are all in the south.”

Ratcliffe argued, advocating for a more equitable distribution that recognizes the contributions and needs of the northern population.

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