Manchester United are set to postpone the proposed renovation of Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho prepares for another summer blowout.
The Red Devils had planned to increase the capacity at their home stadium from 75,000 to 88,000 this summer.
But Mailsport report that those plans are now on hold in order to fund a summer spending spree for boss Jose Mourinho.
Despite spending £300 million already in his time at the club, Mourinho has demanded substantial backing in the transfer market this summer.
United chiefs, including executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, are ready to prioritise Mourinho’s recruitment strategy over the upgrade to the stadium.
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Mourinho recently complained over the lack of atmosphere at the ground – dubbed ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ – and the club are keen for a development after several complaints were made.
Supporters have bemoaned the stadiums layout, as well as the level of corporate hospitality available.
But despite engineering breakthroughs enabling the club to consider expansion to the Sir Bobby Charlton stand, it now seems those blueprints will be put on the back-burner until further notice.
It was believed that extending the stand would be impractical due to the railway line that runs adjacently.
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However now new plans can be raised without affecting the service of the line, leaving the door open for possible expansion.
An industry insider stated that United are falling behind their Manchester City neighbours told the Mail: “It’s accepted that when it comes to corporate hospitality, City are streets ahead.
“United still have the big pull, because of the prestige and history of the club, (but) City’s Tunnel Club is 10 years ahead of anything they have at Old Trafford.
“It’s not that United’s offering is not good, because it is. However, there is no wow factor. You’re talking good at United, but out-of-this-world at City.”
The proposed move would leave United’s capacity behind only Wembley and Barcelona’s Nou Camp in Europe.
But it is felt that reinvestment in Mourinho’s playing squad is the better option as the club look to challenge significantly in the Premier League and Champions League next season.