Man United on course for £600m FFP boost as images emerge from landmark talks

Man United stand to earn as much as £600million over the course of a single financial fair play assessment window if they press on with plans to build a new stadium. 

The scenes at Old Trafford after the team’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal yesterday served as a symbol of the Glazers’ years-long pattern of chronic underinvestment.

During a downpour in south Manchester, water leaked through the ceiling, and later film surfaced indicating that the away dressing room had been flooded.

A taskforce to investigate the financial and logistical aspects of building a new stadium was launched by United in March, a month after controversial billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe made history by becoming the club’s largest individual stakeholder with a 25% interest.

It seems to be the preferred strategy at this point, rather than renovating the current facility.

As relayed by The Telegraph, Ratcliffe and other members of the taskforce were pictured meeting with Labour leader Kier Starmer at the Arsenal match amid ongoing talks about the regeneration project.

How much will Man United earn from a new stadium?

It’s thought that the Red Devils are eager to construct a stadium that can hold at least 90,000.

United is now the highest-earning Premier League team in terms of matchday revenue, with a capacity of 75,000. They took in £136 million from the turnstiles in just 2022–2023.

To put things in perspective, Tottenham, in second position, made £117.6 million in the same time frame in a stadium with 62,500 seats, which is regarded as one of the greatest in the world.

That works out to £1,881.60 for each supporter, per season. If United were to impose same pricing, they could earn £169.3 million on matchday revenue in an arena with 90,000 seats.

That amount could potentially rise to £200 million a year thanks to sponsorship options, hospitality packages, and the possibility of holding non-football events in the stadium.

In other words, United would produce £600 million every three years, which is the period over which the Profit and Sustainability Rules, formerly known as financial fair play, are evaluated.

That translates to an additional £66 million for the playing budget each season, which covers salary, transfers, and agent fees.

When will the new stadium be built?

Around £2 billion would be needed for a new stadium, and Ratcliffe has acknowledged that the team would have to look outside for funding to take the project through to completion.

Even before any ground is broken on the potential development site, that portion of the process will take a considerable amount of time.

After then, it might take three to six years to finish the site’s construction, forcing United to locate a new location in the interim.

 

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