United might miss out on World Cup games if England are awarded it

Man United might miss out on World Cup games if England are awarded future tournament as media facilities fail to meet FIFA requirements while dressing rooms are too small

  • Manchester United made the away dressing room smaller last year 
  • It followed a scuffle with Manchester City, while other areas are not up to scratch
  • Media lounges must hold 800 for group games and 2,000 for the final  

Manchester United could be barred from hosting World Cup matches if England are awarded the tournament.

The press box, mixed zone and media lounge fail to meet FIFA requirements and the dressing rooms are too small. 

Media lounges must hold 800 for group games and 2,000 for the final, though few grounds could do so.

Manchester United could miss out on World Cup matches if the tournament comes to England

United made the away dressing room smaller last year after the tunnel scuffle with Manchester City. 

Old Trafford also cannot accommodate the 35 required broadcast cameras. United say they can adapt existing facilities.

The ground was last renovated in 2006 when second tiers were added to the north-west and north-east corners of the ground to increase capacity 8,000 seats to 74,879.

A statement from Manchester United said: ‘Old Trafford was part of the England World Cup 2018/22 bid and will host Rugby League World Cup games in 2021. 

‘As with previous large scale events – Euro 96, 2003 Champions League final, 2012 Olympic games – and in common with many club stadia that host major international tournament games, we would work with FIFA to adapt existing facilities if required.’

WHAT PREMIER LEAGUE RIVALS HAVE DONE SINCE OLD TRAFFORD WAS LAST RENOVATED 

Man City, Etihad Stadium 2014: City Football Academy campus built next door to Etihad Stadium.

2015: A 7,000-seat third tier added to the South Stand in time for the start of the 2015-16 season.

Liverpool, Anfield 2016: Main Stand expanded to add extra 8,500 seats.

2019: Liverpool reveal plans to redevelop Anfield Road stand to increase capacity to over 60,000.

Arsenal, Emirates Stadium 2006: Arsenal move into the 60,260-seater Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea, Stamford Bridge 2015: Chelsea announce plans to build new 60,000 stadium on current Stamford Bridge site but were put on hold last year in face of spiralling costs.

Tottenham, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 2019: Spurs move into their new £1bn Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It has a capacity of 62,062 and is widely regarded as one of the most advanced in the world.

Press box, mixed zone and media lounge don’t meet needs and dressing rooms are too small




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