Manchester United’s training ground will be converted to Potato Farm if war breaks out due to an unreliable legal clause.
Legendary Old Trafford manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed Carrington’s remarkable story in a recent interview.
Ex-United boss, 79, told United podcast Overseeing the 2000 move from The Cliffs Training Ground now known as the Aon Training Complex.
And Fergie revealed a number of bizarre sections he put in the paperwork to buy the land, including abandoned areas for Canadian geese and voles as well as the bizarre potato farm landscape.
Ferguson recalled: “The rock was great when I first came in, but then the club grew.
“We had to expand into the indoor space for the boys to wear because we didn’t have any space in the actual building.
“So, then I started walking around Manchester, looking for a ground on which we could build a new training ground.
“We are hunting everywhere, especially in North Manchester.
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“(Former Chief Scout and Academy Director) Les Kershaw came to me and his friend worked for Shell.
“They said ‘Shell is trying to sell some of their grounds in Carrington’ … so we went to see.
“The land we were getting, I think it was 28 acres or something, but there were some restrictions that I can’t understand today.”
Fergie explained: “Part of the sanctions were we had to turn the land into potato fields in the event of war.
“And, finally, there should be an acre or two of land for the Canadian goose.
“There were moats and we couldn’t replace them because there were living holes in them.
“We couldn’t really do anything.”
But Ferguson gleefully said that was completely ignored by Louis van Gaal, who succeeded his own replacement – David Moyes – at Old Trafford.
Scott said: “Then I went downstairs after I retired and Louis had floodlights and stands and everything!”
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