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Manchester United's £2bn next step for Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Old Trafford plan becomes clear

With the arrival of investment from Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS Group, the question of Manchester United's home has been brought to the fore once again in recent weeks. Old Trafford is starting to creak, following a lack of investment under the Glazers' ownership, neglect that is made to look worse as their main rivals either improve their own venues or even build completely new ones.

Ratcliffe's arrival - subject to regulatory approval from the Premier League - will bring a much-needed influx of cash. And an additional £237m of funding has already been specifically earmarked for Old Trafford.

But the big question is, what will that money and the additional hundreds of millions required be spent on? Renovations of the grand old stadium, an extension of the existing structure, or a completely new stadium built next to the current one or elsewhere?

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It's an issue that provokes strong feelings - some fans have forged keen ties over the years with the existing stadium and its history and would not want to move away from that, while others feel that the club needs to move with the times in order to keep up with rivals, even if that means moving a completely new home. We asked the question to United fans via a poll here on the MEN website, and they've offered a clear preference:

1,553 responses

The majority of respondents to our poll - 61 per cent - said that their preference would be to knock down the existing stadium and build a new one - either on land next door or elsewhere nearby. This would, of course, be the most expensive option, potentially totalling £2bn.

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