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Glazers in Man United talks to develop Old Trafford and increase capacity to over 80,000

Manchester United have held talks over some significant improvements at Old Trafford, with a capacity of over 80,000 potentially on the horizon.

Old Trafford has not seen major development work since back in 2006 and has recently attracted plenty of unwanted attention from fans for its deteriorating condition, including longstanding leaks in the roof of the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.

Co-chairman Joel Glazer confirmed late in September that he was aware of the issues and revealed that ‘early-stage planning work’ for both Old Trafford and the club’s Carrington training ground was already underway.

According to BBC Sport, exploratory talks have been held with a number of potential developers, with United keen to hear as many ideas as possible for improvements to the iconic Old Trafford.

Proposals have included adding an extra 6,000 seats, taking the stadium’s capacity to over 80,000.

Improvements on the Charlton stand on the south side of the venue are planned, but United are not limiting themselves to that and are open to suggestions for the entire ground.

As well as improving the fan experience, United also hope to work on their media and broadcast facilities as well as their hospitality areas.

Work on the south stand had been delayed because of the high cost and engineering challenges of building over the adjacent railway line and the impact of local houses, but United now believe the improvements can be made without that extra expense.

There is no timeline for this work to be done, with United still considering all their options and figuring out just what improvements they actually want to make.

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