Old Trafford’s capacity could rise to 80,000 with Man United in talks over major improvement stadium work for first time in 15 YEARS with expansion of the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand a priority 

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  • Major redevelopment increases Old Trafford’s capacity to 80,000. Might be possible
  • Man United Stadium as a whole has not experienced significant development since 2006.
  • Fans have criticized the ground in recent years over issues including leaks.
  • Meanwhile, Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham have all moved to new grounds

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Manchester United have started discussions on a major redevelopment of Old Trafford that could increase the stadium’s capacity to 80,000.

The club has often been criticized by fans over issues including the lack of stadium improvements and leaks from the roof of the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.

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The development will not just focus on the stadium, United are also keen to explore various ideas to improve the entire footprint around the ground.

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Despite having the largest club ground in England at 74,140, ​​there has been no significant development at Old Trafford since 2006.

Manchester United have started discussions on a major redevelopment of Old Trafford

Meanwhile, United’s Premier League rivals Arsenal, Manchester City and, most recently, Tottenham have all moved to new grounds.

Everton are next in line for a move after starting work on the 52,888-capacity Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, planned to open in 2024-25.

Liverpool completed major work on the main stand in 2016 and plan to increase the capacity at Anfield Road in time for the 2023–24 season.

Chelsea put a pin in an expansion plan for Stamford Bridge after a political deadlock that prevented owner Roman Abramovich from attending matches due to visa issues in 2018.

Everton have started work on the new Bramley-Moore stadium off the coast of Liverpool

Everton have started work on the new Bramley-Moore stadium off the coast of Liverpool

United co-president Joel Glazer (right) announced early-stage plans on a fan forum

United co-president Joel Glazer (right) announced early-stage plans on a fan forum

United co-chairman Joel Glazer is aware of the stadium issues and told a fan forum meeting on 24 September that ‘early stage planning work’ was underway to redevelop the Old Trafford and Carrington training grounds.

sportsmail Earlier this month it was reported that the club was ready to begin a search for master architects with a vision to modernize Old Trafford. An appointment to see Carrington was said to be imminent, to which the stadium would follow.

No time frame has been set on the process, but preliminary meetings have now taken place with several interested parties, according to bbc sport.

Sir Bobby Charlton attends the unveiling of the South Stand, renamed in his honor in 2016

Sir Bobby Charlton attends the unveiling of the South Stand, renamed in his honor in 2016

The focus is the challenge that works beyond the adjacent railways and houses

The focus is the challenge that works beyond the adjacent railways and houses

The focus at Old Trafford will be the Old South Stand, which was named after Sir Bobby Charlton in 2016, and the challenge that the cost of construction on the adjacent railway line and the impact on homes poses for any expansion plans.

But improvements in building materials mean that work can now be done without that expense.

This development is also supposed to enhance media and broadcasting facilities, as well as additional hospitality areas, which are considered necessary by the club to make the project financially feasible.

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