It’s a troubling equation, and one any serious party interested in buying United must weigh up. As things stand, United are leaning redevelopment of Old Trafford and expansion of the existing South Stand but Telegraph Sport understands it is estimated to be a seven-eight year project.
It seems like an endless time frame where there will be ample opportunity for people to lose interest, and the redevelopment will also necessitate the closure of parts of the ground while the work is in progress, meaning fewer seats and, by extension, less revenue. Is it any wonder the Glazers want out?
It’s also not exactly an appealing prospect for a new owner trying to rein in Manchester City, which is why it’s hard to believe that a change of ownership at United wouldn’t eventually lead to the creation of a new stadium on surrounding land.
It would take less time to complete, provide some revenue protection and mean the team could continue to play at an undisturbed Old Trafford in the meantime. A minor, if still major headache, if you will, although a new stadium should be both spectacular and provide an indelible link to the past.
Whichever way you look at it, the Old Trafford conundrum is an albatross around your neck.