Man Utd must legally change use of training ground if World War Three breaks out

Manchester United will be forced to turn their training ground into a potato farm if a war ever breaks out due to a mind-blowing legal clause.

Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of the Red Devils when they were far from the global giants we know today, but with success the club grew bigger and outgrew its original training ground, The Cliff.

And the Scot eventually oversaw the move in 2000 to what is now called the Aon Training Complex in Carrington.

But in a recent interview, the legendary manager revealed several bizarre clauses included in the paperwork when the club bought the ground, including one stating some areas were to remain untouched for Canadian geese and voles.

Speaking on the United Podcast, Ferguson said: "The Cliff was great when I first came, but then the club grew.

“We had to put an extension in the indoor place for the boys to dress because we had no space in the actual building.

"So, then I started to wander around Manchester looking for a piece of ground that we could build a new training ground on. We’re hunting everywhere, in North Manchester in particular.

"[Former chief scout and academy director] Les Kershaw came to me and his friend worked for Shell.

"He said ‘Shell are trying to sell some of their ground over at Carrington’… so we went to see.

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"The size of the land we were getting, I think it was 28 acres or something, but there were restrictions which I can’t understand today."

"Part of the restrictions were, in the event of war we had to turn the ground into potato fields.

"And, up at the very end, there had to be an acre or two acres for Canadian geese. There were moats and we couldn't change them because voles were living in them.”

Sir Alex’s successor was fellow Scot David Moyes, before he was replaced by eccentric Dutchman Louis van Gaal in 2014, who apparently had no regard for the rules.

“We couldn’t do anything really. Then I went down after I retired and Louis had put up floodlights and stands and everything!"

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