Manchester United’s next generation of footballing stars will play their football at the Salford City Stadium this season.
The deal will see United’s under-21 side play the majority of their home matches at the purpose-built £26million stadium in Eccles.
United’s young guns are the reigning champions and they will begin their defence of the title in a mouth-watering fixture against fierce rivals Liverpool in Salford on August 19.
Salford’s Mayor, Ian Stewart said: “Salford already has well established links with Manchester United and I’m delighted that we will strengthen those still further by becoming the home of the next budding Beckhams.”
The Salford City stadium is already used by the Salford City Reds as well as the Sale Sharks and the under 21 manager Warren Joyce is excited to be joining the line-up.
“It’s great to know we are going to be playing the majority of our games at the Salford City Stadium, we played there in April and had a great experience, the facilities are second to none,” he said
The stadium boasts a capacity of 12,000 and has strong community facilities that include a gym and sports pitches.
“The stadium has first class facilities for the next generation of Man Utd’s soccer stars to showcase their soccer skills,” Mayor Stewart said.
“The stadium is already host to both rugby codes, adding top class soccer is a huge boost to the stadium’s future as a showpiece sporting and events facility.”
Image courtesy of Anthony Parkes, with thanks.