Manchester United yet to make key decision on Old Trafford
Manchester United have not decided whether to rebuild or revamp Old Trafford, according to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
United hired stadium masterplanners Populous to explore options to potentially build a new Old Trafford two years ago but plans were put on hold during the 13-month strategic review.
With the Ineos Group's impending stakeholding of 25% in United expected to be granted regulatory approval by the Premier League this month, their chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made three separate visits to Manchester to outline his plans for the club.
Ratcliffe was stood next to Burnham during the memorial service to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Munich air disaster at Old Trafford last Tuesday and has held meetings with the former Labour MP.
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"The first thing I would just say is it's good to be able to have a conversation about the future and how we might support the club's ambitions," Burnham told the Manchester Evening News. "It's for them to decide what those ambitions are and what they want to do. And it's not for me to cut across those discussions in any way.
"What I can say, though, is it is for us to back the club in terms of its ambitions but also in terms of unlocking the power of the club in the city-region and beyond. We work with both clubs and we want the power of both clubs to be felt to the full extent in the east and west of the city-region. Conversations are ongoing.
"I don't think the club's made its decision yet, but whatever happens, we will back them whatever those decisions are."
The MEN reported last week United could rebuild Old Trafford without temporarily