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United In Council House Discussions?

A new book has provided some startling revelations.

Apparently, back in the 1990`s the idea was floated to Manchester United that they might like to make Eastlands their new home.

It was thought that the opportunity to move back to within the City of Manchester borders would prove enticing.

In the book, Manchester - A Football History, the author Gary James unearths some staggering facts, facts that were confirmed by the then Labour MP, Graham Stringer, who is quoted as having remarked,

"Discussions with United were serious and went to a high level - the highest level."

"The view was that if United could move to the stadium then the capacity could be around 80,000."

"It seemed perfectly logical in the 90s that United should consider the move. Of course there were some significant issues to overcome."

"The biggest was undoubtedly the significance of Old Trafford to supporters."

"I fully understand why United decided not to make a permanent move, but Old Trafford`s capacity was too small. The idea developed that perhaps European games could be played at the new stadium."

"United would play at Old Trafford for domestic fixtures and move to the new stadium for European games."

It appears the discussions also involved Sir Alex Ferguson, with Stringer adding,

"Alex Ferguson was involved in the discussions and I think he, quite rightly, considered the impact on players."

"The possibility of switching venue every few days could possibly disrupt players."

Heavens above! Can anyone believe such a move was even considered?

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 5 2010

Time: 6:57PM

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Why not ground share! You know you’d just love it!
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05/12/2010 19:02:00

Cheers Merlin!
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05/12/2010 19:18:00

During or just after the 2nd world War - Old trafford was bombed and I think they did share with City. UTD approached Swinton Rugby league club which had a very good stadium at the time called Station Road. However Swinton refused and UTd went to share with CITY! Old trafford would make a nice shopping centre!
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06/12/2010 11:50:00

Hard to imagine but you've got to give credit where it is due it's a lovely ground.
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06/12/2010 15:35:00

Still reckon it looks better in Blue Famous!
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06/12/2010 18:15:00

Wouldnt swap Old Trafford for any stadium in the world fcb.
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06/12/2010 18:36:00

Would swap some of the fans though...
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06/12/2010 18:36:00

The accurate and factual version of the story appears in my book "Manchester A Football History" -
Gary James
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