Man Utd unveils bold plan for ‘northern Wembley’ as Ratcliffe hints at complete Old Trafford reconstruction

According to reports, incoming Manchester United investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe is considering rebuilding Old Trafford in the future. He is said to be planning to create a ‘Wembley of the north’ and is open to the idea of demolishing and rebuilding the current stadium to create a ‘world-leading’ arena. It is believed that fans would be open to the idea of constructing a new state-of-the-art venue on the land around Old Trafford, rather than relocating to a different part of Manchester.

Ratcliffe reportedly wants to build a top-class major venue in the North and believes that fans would support the idea of a new stadium while remaining at the club’s spiritual home. The redevelopment and expansion of Old Trafford is seen as an eight-year project by the incoming INEOS group, who will soon take a 25 per-cent share in United. Plans for an entirely new stadium on the land surrounding Old Trafford are viewed as the most cost-effective way of creating a modern arena that could rival other top stadiums in the country.

The estimated cost for knocking down and rebuilding the stadium is around £1.5 billion. It is also suggested that Ratcliffe might seek government funding as part of the ‘Levelling Up’ pledges.

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