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Manchester United training ground could turn into potato fields due to bizarre legal clause

Sir Alex Ferguson has explained how Manchester United’s training ground could one day be forced to become potato fields.

The legendary former boss spent 26 years at United and oversaw the club’s transition into the 21st century.

While Ferguson brought unparalleled success on the pitch for United, he also worked tirelessly to lay the foundations for the decades to come and this included moving United from The Cliff to Carrington, where United have trained since 2000 .

Ferguson gave some insight into that decision, but he also revealed that Carrington could one day turn into potato fields.

“The Cliff was great when I arrived, but then the club grew,” Ferguson told the United Podcast.

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“We had to fit an extension inside for the young boys to dress in as we had no room in the current building. So I started wandering around Manchester looking for land on which we could build a new training ground.

“We hunt everywhere, North Manchester in particular. The Kershaws came to see me and his friend was working for Shell and he said ‘Shell are trying to sell some of their land in Carrington’, so we went to see.

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“The size of land we were getting, I think it was 28 acres or something, but there were restrictions that I can’t understand today.

“Part of the restrictions was that in case of war we had to turn the ground into potato fields and at the very end there had to be an acre or two acres for canaries and geese. We couldn’t really do nothing!

“I came down after retiring and Louis [Van Gaal] set up spotlights and booths and everything!”.

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