Manchester United fans struck by falling concrete from ‘rotting’ Old Trafford ceiling

FOOTBALL Manchester United fans struck by falling concrete from ‘rotting’ Old Trafford ceiling

Joel Omotto 19:19 - 21.11.2023

Some Manchester United supporters bore the brunt of the poor state of Old Trafford when they were struck by concrete that fell from the stadium’s ceiling

The poor state of Manchester United’s Old Trafford came to the fore at the weekend when part of the ceiling fell on some fans during the women’s Manchester derby.

Manchester United Women suffered a tough defeat on derby day as they lost 3-1 to Manchester City Women.

And to add onto their supporters’ pain, parts of the stadium's concrete roof were reportedly falling down on fans as reported by the UK’s Dailymail.

United fans have been hoping for refurbishment on their historic stadium, or a move to a new one, for some time and hoped that the club would be sold to Qatari billionaire Sheikh Jassim who had planned to give it a facelift.

However, it is British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe who is reportedly set to buy a 25 percent stake in the club through his INEOS group but a new stadium is not among his plans.

The Glazer family, who own United, turned down Sheikh Jassim’s £6 billion offer for a total takeover of the and have instead sanctioned a partial sale despite putting the club on the market last year.

Ratcliffe will pay around £1.5 billion and is set to pledge £245m to be invested into infrastructure as United try to catch up with rivals Tottenham and Manchester City's incredible stadiums.

United's Carrington training ground will be provided with an estimated £150m to £200m to modernise the facility.

United fans, including ex-players, have been complaining about Old Trafford’s neglect by the Glazers with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gary Neville among those vocal over the low standards of facilities at the club but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

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