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Manchester United Have A Bizarre 'War Clause' In Carrington Training Ground Deal

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Manchester United Have A Bizarre 'War Clause' In Carrington Training Ground Deal

Manchester United are legally required to change their training ground to a potato farm in the event of a war.

The story sounds completely satire but has come from the mouth of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club's legendary manager for 26 years.

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When he took charge in 1986 the Red Devils were lurched in mediocrity and based at The Cliff, which is still used by the club today.

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However, Ferguson felt the facility was too open for the press and the public.

Thus, United's main training ground since 2000 has been the AON training complex in Carrington - but there are some very unusual clauses attached to their contract at the base.

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As per Ferguson, if world war three was to break out then the area would become potato fields - while it was stipulated in the paperwork that the club needed to make room for Canadian geese who would flock.

"The Cliff was great when I first came, but then the club grew," the 79-year-old said on the United Podcast.

“We had to put an extension in the indoor place for the boys to dress because we had no space in the actual building.

"So, then I started to wander around Manchester looking for a piece of ground that we could build a new training ground on. We’re hunting everywhere, in North Manchester in particular.

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"[Former chief scout and academy director] Les Kershaw came to me and his friend worked for Shell.

"He said ‘Shell are trying to sell some of their ground over at Carrington’... so we went to see.

"The size of the land we were getting, I think it was 28 acres or something, but there were restrictions which I can’t understand today.

"Part of the restrictions were, in the event of war we had to turn the ground into potato fields.

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"And, up at the very end, there had to be an acre or two acres for Canadian geese. There were moats and we couldn't change them because voles were living in them.”

The strict rules were then followed by David Moyes and his staff after he replaced his fellow Scot in 2013 but it was a different story when Louis van Gaal took the reins a year on.

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Ferguson concluded: “We couldn’t do anything really. Then I went down after I retired and Louis had put up floodlights and stands and everything!"

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Topics: Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson

Josh Lawless
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