Rio Ferdinand disagrees with Gary Neville on Manchester United’s Old Trafford redevelopment plans

Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand appears to have suggested that he is against the prospect of his former club building a brand new stadium.

Last month, it was confirmed that United are open to plans to redevelop Old Trafford and go as far as building a brand new stadium on the same land that Old Trafford is currently situated on. It is understood that the club is in talks with planners over potential development plans for the site and they are remaining open-minded about what could be done, including extending the south stand over the railway lines behind it and rebuilding the famous, old stadium.

United have not yet appointed a contractor to undertake the work and the club is remaining open-minded about what path they could venture down. But whilst the idea of ​​building a brand new stadium has been mooted, former Reds ace Ferdinand has all but confirmed that he would be against a complete rebuild.

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That is because the former defender has hailed the progress Liverpool have made in recent years as a result of modernizing and upgrading Anfield without moving to a new ground. The Merseyside outfit have spent millions and millions of pounds in expanding Anfield’s capacity and the results have been telling.

“I think when looking back at the memories of those fantastic players, the one thing that remains is the stadium,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “I think that is a huge part of it.

“We are talking about refurbishing the stadium that was here before, because of the history, you walk in to place like Anfield and smell the history of the football club and the events that have gone on. Staying here at Anfield and rebuilding what they have , is a huge statement. You can build a big stadium, you can easily do that but you lose so much doing that, but staying here and keeping that atmosphere with their European nights, is so important for years to come.”


Therefore, it suggests that Ferdinand would like to see United venture down a similar route when it comes to settling on their own building plans. Old Trafford is one of the world’s best-loved football cathedrals and is littered with special memories and moments.

That, however, did not stop Gary Neville from saying United should move to a new stadium. I have admitted that the ground has become dated and United would need to move to keep up with their rivals.

Neville, speaking last month, said: “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.

“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, they have the best facilities and they have fallen behind.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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