Manchester United have reportedly held unsuccessful talks with a local golf club over building a new training ground on the site. Red Devils chiefs are believed to harbour concerns over the state of the facilities at their Carrington training base, believing that it falls below the standard of those boasted by Manchester City and Tottenham.
Carrington has been United’s training complex since 1999 and while regular updates have been made to the site, United chiefs reportedly believe that it is at maximum capacity for further upgrades. According to the Daily Mail, several golf clubs have been located in south Manchester as possible destinations.
The report claims that at least 100 acres of buildable land is required to build the kind of facilities that a club the size of United demand. Several Premier League rivals have built world-leading facilities since their move to Carrington 25 years ago, prompting a desire to catch up.
Discussions have reportedly been held with High Legh Golf Club over buying its land. However, an agreement was not reached and the situation is claimed to be ‘fluid’.
High Legh features an 18-hole Championship course, a 9-hole course and a 24-bay floodlit driving range. The course was bought by Warrington-based American Golf for £2.7m in 2021 but was put up for sale last year, making it a possible destination for a new training ground.
Those placed in charge of the project reportedly believe that the complex meets much of the criteria for a new site. Situated in Knutsford, it is located close to the homes of many of United’s current squad.
It is unclear whether United plan to move the entire club to a new location. One situation reportedly discussed could see the men’s and women’s first-teams split across different sites – potentially their former Cliff training ground – and the academy remaining at Carrington.
The preference, however, is supposedly for all their teams to train in one location.