United are just two days away from facing likely Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but off the field they have today announced there will be the installation of floodlights at their Carrington ground training facilities.
Manager Louis Van Gaal’s mini battle to push the project forward has been successful. When he joined the club last summer he was shocked to find the players were unable to train in the evenings during the winter.
He has already changed some of the morning sessions to the afternoon, and more changes will be likely.
Planning permission has already been granted to the club, meaning the work will start pretty imminently – with them in place ready for the start of the 2015/16 Season.
United’s planning permission stated: “The benefit of the floodlighting is that it will allow for greater use of the training pitches, particularly during the winter months.”
“This is essential in enabling the football club to compete with other clubs, both at domestic and international levels. The floodlighting will enhance the usability and function of the training centre, further helping to maintain its world class status.”
It’s not the first time Van Gaal has had his say on the Carrington facilities, as he oversaw the campaign to have the pitch re-laid, along with trees being planted to counteract the effects of the high wind the pitches are hit with, and also high tech cameras are in place to record the first teams training routines.
It should be added that the planning permission was granted on the terms that the lights couldn’t be used between the hours of 9pm and 9am.
United’s players will be preparing for the crunch match on Saturday with leaders Chelsea. A win could see the Red Devils close the gap to just five points, and with five games remaining it will pile the pressure on the Blues to keep the advantage in their favour.
Of our final six games, only two are left to play at Old Trafford. Whilst our recent away form has been much improved, the majority of our points have come at home this season.
What looks likely is the club will be playing in the Champions League once again next season, after missing out this year. And United fans will be more optimistic than ever for next years competition, after having a wonderful end to the current campaign.
Our game on Saturday kicks off at 17:30, and will be shown live on Sky Sports 1