Sir Alex Ferguson has explained how Manchester United’s training ground could one day be forced to become potato fields.
The legendary former boss enjoyed 26 years at United and oversaw the club’s transition to the 21st century.
While Ferguson brought unsurpassed success to United, he also worked tirelessly to install the foundations for decades to come, moving to moving United from The Cliff to Carrington, where United have been training since 2000.
Ferguson has offered insight into this trait, but he has also revealed that Carrington may one day turn into potato fields.
“The cliff was great when I first came, but then the club grew,” Ferguson told the United Podcast.
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“We had to put an extension on the indoor place so the young boys could get dressed because we didn’t have room in the building itself. Then I started walking around Manchester looking for a piece of land that we could build a new training ground on.
“We hunt everywhere, especially in north Manchester. Les Kershaw came to me and his friend worked for Shell and he said, ‘Shell is trying to sell some of their land to Carrington’, so we went to see.
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“The size of the land we got, I think it was 28 acres or something, but there were restrictions that I can not understand today.
“Part of the limitations was that in case of war we had to turn the land into potato fields, and at the very end there had to be an acre or two acres for canaries and geese. We could not really do anything!
“I went down after I retired and Louis [Van Gaal] has set up floodlights and racks and everything! “.
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