Sir Jim Ratcliffe listens to Cristiano Ronaldo advice and tells Man Utd staff to 'pack up'

Staff at Manchester United have been told to pack up their workspaces at Carrington ahead of refurbishment plans to modernise the club's "stopped in time" training base.

Cristiano Ronaldo did not mince his words when slamming the club's training headquarters upon his exit last year, describing the headquarters as "stopped in time" from his previous stint with the club more than a decade prior.

And the forward's damning assessment has been taken at face value, with new co-owners Ineos pushing ahead with major upgrades this summer in their ongoing bid to restore United to its previous glory.

The refurbishment of Carrington marks yet another significant move from Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe since his investment in United earlier this year. Ratcliffe spent £1.03 billion for a quarter shareholding plus an additional £237 million to spend on infrastructure, which includes the training base.

While planning permissions require final confirmation in certain areas, Carrington staff, according to The Telegraph, have been informed to pack their things before going away on summer holidays.

The United squad will use the pitches at Carrington when they arrive back ahead of their pre-season tour to the USA in mid-July, despite the work set to be undertaken on the main building.

The shift in workspaces arrives after Ratcliffe implemented a new policy to end flexible work-from-home hours. Carrington staff will be relocated to other areas of the training ground and Old Trafford to accommodate for the disruption.

sir jim ratcliffe listens to cristiano ronaldo advice and tells man utd staff to 'pack up'

Jim Ratcliffe speaking with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

The short-term disturbance is viewed as necessary to any long-term progress for a club that has been mired in malaise for the last decade. While Ineos expressed the need for improvement of club infrastructure to include all aspects of the club, the main focus will be on the men’s first-team building, which follows £11million investment in the Women’s and Academy facilities last summer.

Carrington has been in dire need of a refurb for some time having opened 24 years ago, replacing the Cliff, United's training base since the 1930s.

Criticisms aimed at the facilities' lack of modernisation are not new, particularly not when juxtaposed with state-of-the-art facilities opened elsewhere, including rivals Manchester City's stunning Etihad Campus which boasts places for the players to sleep before or after games if necessary.

sir jim ratcliffe listens to cristiano ronaldo advice and tells man utd staff to 'pack up'

Ronaldo delivered a damning indictment of Manchester United's training base

One of the critics to lay into Carrington's sub-par standards was Ronaldo. Upon leaving United in 2022 for Saudi Arabia, he said of the club's base: “Nothing changed, surprisingly. Not only the pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym. Even the kitchen, the chefs, whom I appreciate – lovely people. They stopped in time. It surprised me a lot.

“I thought I would see other things, technologies, and infrastructure. Unfortunately, we see a lot of what I used to see at 21, 22, and 23 years old. It really surprised me.”

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