Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism, Man United unveil new £7m facility at Carrington

After Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo criticised his former club Manchester United over the standard of their training facilities in an interview with Piers Morgan last year, the Red Devils have unveiled a new training facility at Carrington, which took seven months to complete.

Ronaldo gave a bombshell interview to British broadcaster Piers Morgan in November last year, where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner lashed out at the coaching and management of Manchester United. Ronaldo, who left Man United in 2009 and joined Real Madrid, returned to Old Trafford in 2021 from Juventus. In his interview with Morgan, the Portuguese claimed that the training ground was “stopped in time” and he couldn’t see an evolution at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson left.

The 38-year-old Ronaldo told Morgan, “Nothing changed, surprisingly. Not only the pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym. Even the kitchen, the chefs, whom I appreciate — lovely people. They stopped in time. It surprised me a lot. I thought I would see other things, technologies, and infrastructure. Unfortunately, we see a lot of what I used to see at 21, 22 and 23 years old. It really surprised me.

“Since Ferguson left, I haven’t seen an evolution at the club. Progress is zero. You have to tear it down and rebuild it. If they start with me, it’s not a problem.”

However, Man United recently unveiled their new £7 million training facility that will incorporate women’s team and academy sides at Carrington. The training facility contains a gym, jacuzzi, changing rooms, players’ lounge, restaurant, and meeting rooms among other facilities.

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United’s chief operating officer Collette Roche told BBC Sport, “We are doing this (strategic review) for a very positive reason. We have real ambition and a plan at United. We want to make sure we attract the right investment to deliver that ambition. We are not standing still in the meantime. Whilst that is in the background, we are obviously continuing to invest in players on the pitch and facilities on it. That is what you can see with this facility.”

Apart from that, Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £1.3 billion bid for the 25 per cent stakes in the club makes him the prime contender to complete Man United’s takeover. On the other hand,  Sheikh Jassim offered over £5 billion for 100 per cent ownership of the club, however, the Glazers are expected to keep the ownership and accept Ratcliffe’s offer.

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