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Manchester United Should Knock Down Old Trafford According To Gary Neville

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Manchester United Should Knock Down Old Trafford According To Gary Neville

Gary Neville has revealed why he'd be behind a potential plan to knock Old Trafford down and rebuild Manchester United's long term home.

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It's not just on the pitch that United aren't up to date with some of their rivals, it's also the stadium that surrounds the pitch that is becoming a bit of a relic.

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Old Trafford has had many updates since 1910, not least after a bombing during World War II that led the team to play at Manchester City's Maine Road, but also has its problems, with a leaky roof amongst them.

The club are now considering several options of how they can upgrade the stadium, with one of them to knock it all down and rebuild it from scratch.

Now Neville has backed that option and explained he feels the club needs to be at the forefront of modern stadiums, like some of their rivals.

"There is a story emerging from Old Trafford that they might rebuild the entire stadium and I have just been asked what I think of it," the United legend said on his Instagram Live on Monday night.

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"I actually think that it would be the right move. I think by the time that they have spent money on Old Trafford, the existing one, then I think you would be better off building a brand new, better, super stadium.

"I do think that Manchester United should always be at the forefront of stadiums, have the best facilities and they have fallen behind."

A leak in the roof is one of the issues at Old Trafford. Image: Sky Sports/PA Images
A leak in the roof is one of the issues at Old Trafford. Image: Sky Sports/PA Images

Manchester City's stadium was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the city, before being changed to become a football ground.

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Anfield has enjoyed a major facelift in recent years, and the Anfield Road Stand is still undergoing redevelopment, making it far more modern.

In north London both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have moved into modern stadiums, with Spurs' ground considered one of the best in the world since its rebuild.

Spurs also knocked down their former ground to build their new home, on the same site, and ended up playing in Wembley during the crossover period.

Perhaps United could do the same if their ground was knocked down, after all it would make for easier travel for most of their fans.

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The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the envy of much of the world. Image: PA Images
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the envy of much of the world. Image: PA Images

On the pitch United also need a bit of a rebuild, and plenty of their fans would probably advise destroying the whole thing and starting again.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick at the weekend secured all three points for them but there is still a big question over them being in next season's Champions League.

The team are currently a point off the top four, but Arsenal, currently above them, have three games in hand, starting with Liverpool on Wednesday.

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They'll also have a new manager, once Ralf Rangnick is finished as interim, with fans not even keen on former frontrunner Mauricio Pochettino any more.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Instagram

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Gary Neville

Ryan Sidle
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