Man United told to make 'serious' changes after £4m blow - Maguire

By Kieran Maguire

29th Apr, 2022 | 6:00pm

Kieran Maguire: Man United must make 'serious' changes after £4m deal aborted

Man United must “seriously up their game” if they are to turn Old Trafford into an attractive destination for non-football events.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 75,000-seater arena’s potential as a multi-function venue.

United have appointed a planning team to lead a revamp of the stadium, with the Daily Mail suggesting they could add up to 15,000 seats.

Per The Athletic on Monday (25 April), United were in advanced talks to host the heavyweight boxing match between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.

The Red Devils would have banked £4million from last Saturday’s (23 April) fight, which would have been marketed as Fury’s homecoming.

But Wembley was ultimately chosen as the venue for the clash, which Fury won by knockout in the sixth round.

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Maguire insists that United have a long way to go before Old Trafford is considered a premium venue for non-football events.

“The good news is that it appears Man United are starting to realise,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

They have seen what Spurs have managed to achieve in building possibly the best multi-function stadium in Europe.

“They realise that they have to seriously up their game because they are falling further and further behind.

“Manchester is a very attractive city but it isn’t London, so you have to work a little bit harder to persuade people.

“I don’t think that would necessarily have been a problem with Fury and Whyte, but the facilities are looking very, very dated either way.

“In the world of finance, we talk about ‘time take’. That means the longer you have fans there, the more money you make.

“At Old Trafford, the facilities are so second rate that there is no incentive to stay.”

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