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Manchester United training ground: Major Carrington redevelopment completed after manager’s criticism

In October 2023, Manchester United unveiled a new £7m women's training facility at the club's Carrington training ground. The development work came just a few months before Sir Jim Ratcliffe's INEOS purchased a 27.7% stake in the club but was a timely boost to the women's team who had been forced to contend with sub-standard training facilities for several years.

Carrington training ground criticisms

It also comes after major criticism of the women's training facilities at Carrington. When former manager Casey Stoney left the club in 2021, it was suggested that the poor facilities for her players were one of the reasons for her departure.

That would have been fair. United Women – who were re-founded in 2018, promoted to the Women's Super League in 2019 and finished second in 2023 – were having to train in temporary buildings and a marquee.

Women's team have new £7m building at Manchester United training ground

Thankfully, that set-up is no more. The £7m training facility looks fantastic. It includes a gym, rehabilitation areas, changing rooms, kit and boot rooms, a restaurant, analysis and meeting rooms and a players' lounge. The experience for United's female players has immediately improved.

Construction on the Carrington redevelopment began in February 2023 and United Women moved into the building at the start of the 2023/24 season, with only a few minor things left to complete.

“A high-performance environment”

Polly Bancroft, who joined United as Head of Women's Football in 2022, said of the development: “We now have a high-performance environment to operate in which will help take the team to the next level following the impressive performances we have seen on the pitch.”

“It is also important,” she continued, “for the girls academy sides to see the players they admire having access to high-quality facilities to help them reach the highest level.”

Could Man Utd leave Carrington?

While the development of the women's facilities at Carrington was a long time coming, it could prove to be a waste of time and money. INEOS have reportedly been scouting out new land in the Greater Manchester area to build a new state-of-the-art training facility for the club. This is in addition to their plans to rebuild or renovate Old Trafford.

According to reports, INEOS believe the current facilities at Carrington aren't up to scratch, especially when compared to other training grounds in the Premier League. They want the club to have the best facilities in the world and they believe that can only be achieved by moving from Carrington.

Pictures of Carrington redevelopment

Manchester United released several pictures of the new women's first-team training facility on Wednesday 18 October 2023. A couple are displayed below.

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Pictures via Manchester United FC official gallery, available to view on ManUtd.com and the United app.


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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