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Man United’s plan to redevelop Old Trafford cancelled with capacity set to DECREASE

Club chiefs wanted to increase the size of their stadium but were facing a £750million bill

Man United’s plans to increase Old Trafford’s capacity has been put on hold.

Club chiefs had hoped to develop the iconic stadium so it could hold an further 15,000 seats but estimated costs of £750million represent a significant speed bump.

Just the 75,000 for now…

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Just the 75,000 for now…

The railway line behind the stadium would need to be moved and residents rehoused if the initial scheme to expand the Bobby Charlton Stand was to go ahead.

And those redevelopment estimates are soaring near the £1BILLION mark.

United’s current capacity is over 75,000 and they could easily fill seats if they went up to 90,000 to match Wembley as the biggest stadium in England.

But redeveloping the old South Stand would mean building outwards as well as upwards.

The incredible costs mean expanding is not in the short-term plans at the moment.

A railway line would have to be moved for the redevelopment to go ahead

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A railway line would have to be moved for the redevelopment to go ahead

United chiefs could look at making the Theatre of Dreams bigger in years to come but it is on the agenda at the moment.

And the capacity is actually set to decrease ever so slightly in the coming years with a new section for disabled fans planned for 2020.

Manchester City snapped United’s unbeaten streak at Old Trafford

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Manchester City snapped United’s unbeaten streak at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho had turned the famous old ground into something of a fortress – equalling a club record 40 home games unbeaten with the draw against CSKA Moscow.

But the run came to a halt when the neighbours popped over.

Man City were too strong for their bitter rivals and came away with a 2-1 victory earlier this month.


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