Decision to be made today
31 July ~The Glazers have ordered their lawyers to contest the listing of Old Trafford as an Asset Of Community Value at a meeting of the Trafford Council today. The Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) have been trying to list their stadium to protect it from future sale and have received a wide range of support – including from the family of James W Gibson, who saved the club in the 1930s.
Duncan Drasdo, chief executive of MUST, is confident the application under the Localism Act will be successful: "In the end the decision has to come down to a simple question of fact – does the nominated asset meet the criteria set out in the Act? The test is whether it furthers either cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the community. Clearly Old Trafford emphatically ticks not just one but actually all three of those boxes so we were a little surprised that the owners had instructed their lawyers to object to the nomination."