Manchester United have obviously been impressed by a few of the goings on at bitter rivals Manchester City in the last few years.
The Sky Blues have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on regenerating the Eastlands part of the city, building a small stadium for their youth team matches.
And now bosses at United are reportedly considering following suit by constructing a ‘mini Old Trafford’ next to the existing Theatre of Dreams.
According to The Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils’ hierarchy are said to be of the opinion that their youth structure needs a complete overhaul and a new stadium is top of the agenda.
The idea is to construct a ground that could seat around 5,000-10,000 fans, as part of a deep root and branch review of the Academy and reserve set-up at the club.
United boast a state-of-the-art training facility at Carrington, but the squad underneath the first-team have played matches at various different stadiums, including Bury’s Gigg Lane, Altrincham’s Moss Lane, the Victoria Stadium in Northwich, Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium and at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields.
What do you think of the plans? Is a stadium – potentially bigger than a lot of the grounds in the Scottish Premiership – really necessary? Let us know in the comments section below…