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Man Utd to approach Ryan Giggs & Gary Neville to use legends’ Hotel Football


Man Utd to approach Ryan Giggs & Gary Neville to use legends’ Hotel Football

Manchester United ‘will approach Hotel Football owners Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’ in a bid to solve their travel woes before Champions League fixtures at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho’s side have arrived late for their last two home European fixtures because of heavy traffic around their stadium.

The United manager even stepped off the team coach and walked the last half-mile ahead of their match with Juventus a fortnight ago to avoid a repeat of their late arrival before the previous game with Valencia.

According to The Sun, one potential solution would be to hold pre-match preparations at Hotel Football, which is directly opposite Old Trafford and owner by the United legends.

United normally use the Lowry Hotel in the centre of Manchester for Mourinho to give his pre-match team talks.

But before the Juventus game they stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn near Old Trafford cricket ground, only to still arrive late despite the shorter journey.

A club source told The Sun: ‘The situation is again being reviewed after the Juventus drama. It has been a shambles if truth be told.

‘Hotel Football was flagged up as a suggestion and it would solve the recent travel issues, certainly in terms of the logistics.

‘United would have to make the approach but even then, Ryan and Gary have no problem booking the place out on match weekends, so might be conflicted if the call comes.

‘The owners weren’t too pleased when the hotel was launched back in 2015 but even they won’t mind if it sorts the travel situation out.’

Hotel Football, just a couple of minutes walk from Old Trafford, is often fully booked on match weekends.

Prior to the Valencia match, United left the Lowry in their team coach at 6pm but didn’t arrive until 7.16pm because of traffic gridlock, meaning kick-off had to be delayed by five minutes.

United were fined Β£13,000 by UEFA for their late arrival and the late kick-off. Mourinho blamed Greater Manchester Police for not providing an escort for the coach, but that only happens when there is a risk of harm to the players.

There was a similar situation when United tried to make the shorter journey from the Hilton ahead of their defeat to Juventus, with Mourinho donning a hoodie to walk among supporters to the ground.

Hotel Football, on Sir Matt Busby Way, has 133 rooms and a rooftop football pitch, cafe and bar open to supporters on matchdays.

A room costs from Β£189 for a King Room to Β£239 for a Class of 92 Room inspired by the successful group of United players who came through the clubs academy in that year, including Neville, Paul Scholes and David Beckham.

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