Manchester United to spend big on new training ground upgrade
14 March 2019
Training ground’s naming rights agreement with Aon from 2013 estimated to be worth £180 million.
Manchester City still way ahead of Manchester United regarding spending on training facilities.
The Red Devils are going to upgrade their training grounds at Carrington, now called Aon Training Complex, for £50 million, according to unnamed sources cited in The Sun.
The UK newspaper reported that the club are understood to have sent out letters to local land owners informing them about their plans to upgrade.
Plans to expand the training grounds began last year as there was not enough room for the newly-founded women’s team. The Manchester United Women are currently using the club’s old training ground The Cliff.
According to a Manchester United source, the club wants a new academy centre with eight full-sized pitches. There could also be a mini stadium added to the site, where United’s academy players would be able to play some of their home matches and train, just like that of rival neighbours Manchester City, which is an 8,000 all-seater.
Manchester City miles ahead in spending
Despite spending £50 million on more upgrades, this is nowhere near the sum Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour spent when the construction of the Etihad Campus began in 2012.
Mansour went all in and spent £200 million on the state-of-the-art training facilities which included 16 football pitches, three gyms, cryotherapy, ultrasound rooms, six swimming pools and player’s bedrooms which are effectively a team hotel.
Back in 2008, Mansour said: “We are building a structure for the future, not just a team of all-stars”. And with both an academy and a college, the club is not only investing in expensive, foreign players but also investing in youth.
Carrington was much needed
Since 2000 the Manchester United first team have been training at Carrington. Construction began in 1999 as Sir Alex Ferguson thought The Red Devils’ old training ground, The Cliff, was inadequate for a 21st century Premier League club.
The Cliff was lacking privacy, with journalists present on daily basis and opposition scouts able to watch training sessions. Commanding the highest respect from the club’s board, Sir Alex Ferguson had his will and in 2002 the Trafford Training Centre was finished.
In 2012 the club invested £25 million in a brand new medical and sports science department with its own hospital wing. The sports science department was for treating player injuries. The facility was supplied with £13 million worth of medical equipment from Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation as part of its sponsorship with the club.