Saturday 22 September 2018

Ferguson: 'United made an error in Carrington design'

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United made a mistake in the design of their Carrington training ground.

Ferguson opened League One side Fleetwood's new £8million training complex yesterday and admitted the Sky Bet League One club had some facilities he wished had been installed at United's training base.

"One part I wish I'd done at United was that the gym is one floor up and you can see into the training ground," he noted.

"Three years after we'd built Carrington I went over to Barcelona and realised we'd made a mistake. Our gym at Carrington is enclosed. Looking out at the training ground makes the players hungry to get out there. So when a player is coming back from injury he can see the pitches it's an incentive to get out there.

"So there are things I wish I'd thought about when Carrington was built that I see here." Ferguson said of Fleedwood's new base: "I'm surprised at this facility. I honestly didn't realise the extent of it."

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