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United infrastructure review to include Old Trafford

Manchester United has announced it will conduct a review of the Premier League club’s infrastructure, including its Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground.

The club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirmed the move in an interview with fanzine United We Stand.

“We’re doing a big review in terms of where we are and what we need to do,” Woodward said.

“Our objectives for the stadium are for it to be safe, full and noisy. Adding more seats can influence the third one, but has to be done in the right way.

“There are no plans currently to increase capacity, but I’m not saying it can’t happen long-term. If you totally change it then you can change the feel of it.”

Woodward underlined the importance of avoiding trampling on the traditions of the historic stadium as part of any major revamp.

“We’re looking at an investment plan while maintaining what makes Old Trafford special,” he added. “Part of the allure of United or Old Trafford is the fact that it’s a stadium that was built in 1910.

“Our vision for it is that we don’t want to radically change that look and feel. If you have Old Trafford and you regenerate, rejuvenate and keep it modern but keep it feeling like it’s Old Trafford, then that’s the perfect solution for us.”

The club has reportedly invested about £20m in upgrading disabled facilities, as well as hospitality areas and security measures, in recent months.

United announced in September that it would explore the possibility of introducing rail seating at Old Trafford – a move that was welcomed by the club’s supporters trust.

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