By Kieran Maguire

28th Nov, 2021 | 11:00am

Kieran Maguire: Man United 'poorly prepared' after talks over 'major' rule change

Man United will be “poorly prepared” for a 25-minute half-time break because of the sub-par facilities at Old Trafford.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the rule change recently discussed by IFAB.

The Daily Mail reported on 23 November that talks were set to consider a 10-minute extension to accommodate Super Bowl-style half-time shows.

But the same outlet relayed two days later that IFAB had rejected the proposal in response to a backlash from fans.

That is just as well, claims Maguire, because United’s facilities are “not fit for purpose” to handle an extended half-time break.

“I think it would have been beneficial to big clubs,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“But I think United were poorly prepared for a 25-minute half-time because of the Glazers’ long-term underspend on infrastructure at Old Trafford.

“That has meant getting access to catering, unless you’re in one of the boxes, is difficult-cum-impossible. The concourse areas are tiny.

“It would have been a major rule change but one that would be more beneficial to other clubs that have 21st-century stadiums.

“But Old Trafford is not really fit for purpose for a 25-minute half-time break.”

Michael Carrick will be in the dugout for 9th-place United’s clash with Chelsea this afternoon (28 November).

But they will soon be under the direction of Ralf Rangnick who is set to be confirmed as interim boss imminently.

In other news, ex-manager digs at Man United stars as Old Trafford source issues surprise Cristiano Ronaldo reveal.