United players reportedly frustrated about how long it has taken to fix broken training pool

A swimming pool at Manchester United’s training ground has been broken for several weeks.

According to the Athletic, the issue is only getting sorted now, while the players are away with their countries or on holiday.

The report says: “The club does have access to two alternative facilities nearby but sources say some players have been frustrated over the length of time taken to repair the issue.”

Having access to alternative facilities is all well and good, but United should not really need them seeing as they’ve got a pool on-site.

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The little details around the club underline the priorities of the Glazers.

The do not interested in swiftly sorting out the small things which create the optimum environment for the players to succeed.

It might seem minor for the players to get frustrated about.

But United is the biggest club in the world. Those are the standards the players are expected to perform to.

So the squad will expect their facilities to be as good as they can be, and any problems swiftly resolved.

United certainly have the money to do exactly that. Sorting the problem will cost an absolute drop in the ocean compared to the club’s revenue.

Casey Stoney recently quit as women’s manager with The Mail reporting she was unhappy with facilities at the club.

The report stated: “Players were unable to shower in between training and meals before makeshift portacabins were installed while the nearest toilets are a 10-minute walk from their training pitch. Their gym is also in a tented facility.”

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This is all part of the same mentality which has seen the stadium roof leaks go unresolved for so long. These leaks were evident as recently as United’s home game against Leicester.

Those things just aren’t a priority for the Glazers and it’s embarrassing for a club of United’s size.

The current momentum of the anti-Glazer movement means that a light will be shone on all this minute failings, which add up to underline their general disregard for the club in any area which doesn’t make them money.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.