Former Manchester United academy participant, Federico Macheda, has pleaded with INEOS to not bulldoze Outdated Trafford.
That is in accordance with an interview the participant gave with The Every day Mail.
The way forward for Outdated Trafford has been up for debate for some time now, however rumours have intensified ever since INEOS’ half possession bid was introduced as official in December.
Macheda gave his ideas on the matter in an interview with The Mail claiming, “I might be towards destroying the stadium and constructing it someplace else. I imagine the construction and the historical past of the place ought to keep there, after which make some enhancements”.
“Even when you construct subsequent to it — and I’m positive they’d make it a tremendous stadium — it’s a spot the place all of the followers loved nice video games and recollections. The primary day I signed for Manchester United once I was a child, strolling contained in the stadium gave me a particular feeling. I’d by no means seen one thing prefer it. It’s magical”.
The Rome-born attacker additionally went on to clarify his attachment to the stadium, recalling that it was the place he scored that iconic aim towards Aston Villa in 2009.
“It’s not solely the place the place I scored the aim, it’s dwelling for everyone who helps United. After I went again, it was the identical. Clearly, it must be upgraded however the historical past of this membership can be this stadium, Outdated Trafford”.
The now 32 yr previous striker claims that regardless of enjoying in Italy, Greece and Turkey, he has by no means skilled a noise like he did that fateful Spring afternoon versus Aston Villa in 2009, when he scored a final minute winner to maintain United’s stumbling title defence on monitor, which was subsequently profitable.
No person critically contends that the stadium doesn’t want upgrading however the crux of the problem is whether or not it ought to be redeveloped or knocked down and new enviornment constructed proper beside it, as there may be loads of house to take action.
Chris Lee, the chief architect in Manchester United’s stadium redevelopment mission, has already referred to as on Sir Jim Ratcliffe to tear down Outdated Trafford.
Soccer finance professional Kieran Maguire has additionally weighed in by claiming that solely a complete rebuild will fulfill all match going followers as a redevelopment will solely enhance the expertise of a wealthy few.
It has been relayed this week that Sir Jim Ratcliffe goals to show the drained previous stadium into the “Wembley of the north”. Nonetheless, there was blended views on such plans.
That is the massive downside INEOS face. Whereas most consultants appear to suppose Outdated Trafford wants a rebuild, there would be the nostalgia from followers and gamers alike who will wrestle to half with the well-known previous Theatre of Goals, even whether it is what is correct for the membership’s long-term future.