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New Old Trafford: Do Man Utd fans want to leave Old Trafford?

Manchester United have announced that they have created a new task force to explore options for a new Old Trafford. At the heart of the plans are proposals to either completely renovate Old Trafford or to demolish it and build a new stadium on the same land.

The Old Trafford Regeneration Task Force features local and national figures as new co-owners, INEOS, look to not only develop the club's stadium but the surrounding area, too. The task force is chaired by Lord Seb Coe, a key figure behind London's 2012 Olympic bid, and its members include Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Sara Todd, Chief Executive of Trafford Council, and Gary Neville.

old trafford pitch
The famous Old Trafford turf – Photo by Icon sport

Ratcliffe is driving change already

The ultimate aim is to build a new stadium that can not only act as a home to Man Utd but also one that can host international games and cup finals with Sir Jim Ratcliffe keen on making Old Trafford the “Wembley of the north”.

Explaining why the task force has been set up, Ratcliffe said:

“This can be a major regeneration project for an area of Greater Manchester which has played such a key role in British industrial history, but which today requires new investment to thrive again. The north-west of England has a greater concentration of major football clubs than anywhere else in the world, yet we don’t have a stadium on the scale of Wembley, the Nou Camp or the Bernabéu.

“We will not be able to change that on our own, which is why this task force is so important to help us seize this once-in-a-century opportunity.”

New Old Trafford
Old Trafford is set to either be renovated or replaced – Photo by Icon sport

New Old Trafford: Fans respond to announcement

The announcement has been met with a mixed response from Man Utd fans online with many torn over the idea of demolishing Old Trafford given its historical importance to the club. One matchgoing United fans posted on X:

“I know old trafford isn't the best stadium in terms of how modern and how well its built but it is a historical stadium. I hope we dont knock it down.”

Another said: “I'm really trying to not open myself up to a slaughter fest here but I really really really cannot get onboard with knocking down Old Trafford and replacing it with a new soulless bowl with the aim of fleecing tourists at its heart.

Other fans were more open to the idea, suggesting that the club need to learn to move on from the past to be successful again in the future. One lifelong Red said:

“I’m 56 now and have been going to Old Trafford for 50 years. I 100% understand the sentiments of some of our fans as I am one of them but it is time to move on. Old Trafford is run down and has fallen so far behind other stadiums. Fans want success and a title winning team. Isn’t that what we all want? To do this we must change the culture and I mean all the culture including the old stadium.”


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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