Manchester United ‘halve’ size of away dressing room after tunnel brawl with Manchester City as visitors are given new entrance at Old Trafford
- Manchester United have given both changing rooms a summer makeover
- Home dressing room is new and improved with closer access to chefs
- But away changing room has been cut in size to avoid further tunnel brawls
- Away side no longer use same corridor as home side to access main tunnel
While the home dressing room was given an upgrade this summer, the away dressing room has paid a heavy price for the reconfiguration surrounding the access to the latter.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has described the away dressing room as now ‘half the size’ of the one he visited during his playing days.
Ederson celebrates Manchester City’s 2-1 victory at Manchester United last season
It is understood that United’s upgrade regarding the home dressing room had no impact on the reduced away room size, with the significant changes occurring as a result of a new tunnel configuration.
Previously both teams would leave the pitch down the main tunnel before both turned a corner into a narrower corridor where the rooms would be. It was in this corridor that United and City clashed furiously following City’s victory last term.
However, while the corridor remains the visiting teams at Old Trafford will now enter a new entrance to their dressing room directly from the main tunnel, with access to the corridor cut off.
Jamie Carragher has claimed the away dressing room at Old Trafford has shrunk to half the size from what it previously was (above)
The away team no longer has access to the corridor where both teams used to emerge and what was the venue for United and City’s huge post-match brawl back in December
The December brawl between United and City was started in the corridor which is not accessed by TV cameras.
After City blared out music from their changing room, Jose Mourinho confronted them by walking out United’s room next door before leaving Pep Guardiola’s side stunned as he stormed into the City changing room where he confronted keeper Ederson.
That led to a bottle being thrown at Mourinho before a brawl broke out in the corridor as United players came to the aid of their manager.
The controversial corridor is seen to the upper left of the picture in the main tunnel
Both sets of players used to emerge from the corridor before meeting in the main tunnel
Paul Pogba heads down the corridor where the away side would have been situated inside the second door on the right, and the United changing room featuring one door further up
United’s upgrade to the home dressing room has also seen a small kitchen put in where a chef can prepare post-match food, a new exercise chamber for the players and an administration office.
There are modern safeguarding demands also in place at the ground, with under 18s forced to change away from the main dressing room.
When Angel Gomes made his United debut in May 2017 against Crystal Palace, he was forced to change in a separate room.