First the players were advised to drive at 5mph to avoid crashing into tractors, now they will have little choice to accept that speed
MANCHESTER UNITED stars have been targeted on their way into training – by speed bumps.
As the players arrived into their Carrington Training Complex today, the gears were lowered on their Ferraris, Audi RS6s and Range Rovers to navigate some new traffic calming measures.
SunSport reported earlier this year how club staff had urged the players to tone it right down to 5mph on their way into training to avoid “crashing into tractors”.
The shortcut the players use to get to training is down a dirty farm track, and in the interests of safety – as well as a helping hand to keeping their cars clean – the club issued the new speed limit.
But only a week later, the road was resurfaced, meaning the players might have felt more comfortable picking up their speeds.
It had been riddled with potholes in recent years and players were having to negotiate the road to protect their supercars’ expensive alloys.
The Red Devils squad regularly use the farmland entrance to cut miles off their journey and avoid prying eyes on the way in.
So United bosses decided to fork-out for the relaying work after complaints from the players about the state of the lane.
But just as the players might have thought their cars would be safe travelling a bit quicker than 5mph, they have had more obstacles put in their place.
It follows the news that the club have erected a ring of steel around their training complex to protect the stars from terrorist lorry attacks.
Security at the club’s £60million Aon Training Complex will be beefed up using bollards, automatic barriers and 11ft-high steel gates.
The Premier League giants have outlined the measures in planning applications to local officials. Club bosses say of the complex, on the outskirts of Manchester: “A range of measures are proposed.
“This level of security is required due to the high profile of Manchester United and to ensure visitors are controlled and the complex remains secure.”
United are preparing to take on Stoke City away this Saturday as the Premier League programme resumes after the international break.
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