In a recent interview with United We Stand fanzine, Manchester United Managing Director Richard Arnold discussed the difficulties they will be faced if an attempt is made to increase the capacity of Old Trafford.
United’s ground already boasts a capacity of 74,994 but MUST has urged club officials to make the stadium the largest in Europe because the fans “deserve no less.”
Arnold argued United have the biggest fanbase in the country, but he doesn’t want to give up home advantage – and unlike Spurs, who are London based, moving to Wembley is out of the equation.
The closest stadium to Old Trafford with a comparable capacity is the Etihad Stadium, which can hold up to 61,000 people even though City are unable to attract that amount.
At least United would fill it, which would be a first for the Etihad…
— Andrew Sparrow (@andrewbsparrow) April 13, 2018
I, personally, don’t like the idea of moving to the Etihad but that way you won’t see anywhere near the same number of empty seats each week. United, unlike their bitter rivals, fill their ground and a stadium the size of the Etihad would be a walk in the park.
Let us know would you move to the Etihad if it meant growth for Old Trafford?
My first couple of years watching United home games, as a little lad, in the first couple of post-war seasons, were at Maine Road (and unless it’s an unkind, Red-biased spin, they turfed us out in 1949 before we were quite ready). So there’s precedent.
Secondly, I read recently that ‘Etihad’ is an Arabic word for ‘United’ – and if that’s true why don’t all United fans ALWAYS refer to citeh’s ground as the ‘United Stadium’ and isn’t it appropriate for us to play there?
Thirdly, wouldn’t it be a
joy beyond measure to show citeh how to fill their stadium, week in week out?
I rest my case, M’Lud.
Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Very funny but I still refer to City’s home ground as the Council House. I see your point on the third bullet, although unsure I could ever warm to that shithole being regarded as our home, even if it was for a short while.
I would suggest Wembley is your best option as you’ll be closer to the majority of your fan base. There were a few thousand empty seats yesterday. Were Ryanair on strike?