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Man Utd can forget Trent Alexander-Arnold delusions - look at the state of crumbling Old Trafford

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United competes with Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 17, 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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Manchester United is ushering in a new era of competence and high performance at Old Trafford. The dark days of the Glazers (still the majority owners) are over, and Sir Jim Ratcliffe will make the club a go-to destination for top talent — with nobody, not even Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold, off limits.

Okay, no player has gone directly from Liverpool to Manchester United since Allenby Chilton in 1938. Ah, the glory days. But what's a little rivalry compared to this shining new dawn, one that will no doubt attract elite players from all around the world?

After all, look at the sweeping changes that Ratcliffe has already made. He's told staff to keep the offices a bit tidier, and he's identified working from home as the grand problem that has been holding Man United back — and in his latest blue sky thinking masterstroke, he's reportedly ousted the women's team into portable buildings to make way for the men while work is done on their training facilities.

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To be fair, upgrading the club's infrastructure is no doubt long overdue, even though it clearly shouldn't be causing detriment to the women's team. The state of disrepair at Old Trafford underlines the fact that it is now a theater of only memories.

The roof has a persistent leak. It's been brilliantly dubbed the Theater of Streams, and the massive but crumbling stadium is the perfect metaphor for the state of the whole club.

Yet this is the side that Dwight Yorke has suggested should try to sign Alexander-Arnold. In what might be the worst take of all time, the former Manchester United striker put his case across to Best Online Poker Sites:

"I'm not sure Trent Alexander-Arnold would want to leave Liverpool as it's his boyhood club, but Liverpool will be under transition now Jurgen Klopp has left," Yorke remarked. "Maybe, Alexander-Arnold can evolve as a midfielder under Slot.

"[But] This could be another opportunity where, if Liverpool don't perform under Slot and Alexander-Arnold becomes unhappy, Man United should do everything they can to sign him. I was the first person to suggest that Man United should have signed Leroy Sane [when he] started to become frustrated at Man City when he was on the bench frequently, now he's one of the best players in Germany.

“Alexander-Arnold may have a similar opportunity which Man United should pounce on. Obviously, there is history between the clubs and Alexander-Arnold will know that as an Englishman, but it can be an opportunity to look out for."

A general view as the drainage pipe in the roofs of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and East Stand leaks and pours onto the seats below following heavy rainfall after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on May 12, 2024 in Manchester, England.
How could Trent Alexander-Arnold pass up the chance to play here? -Credit:Michael Regan/Getty Images

This head-nod to the "history" between the sides is a glorious understatement. Yorke is suggesting the clubs break with nearly a century of tradition (or half a century if you count the 1964 transfer of Phil Chisnall the other way).

But even if Alexander-Arnold, the vice-captain of the club and a boyhood Liverpool fan, was minded to disregard that, the idea he would be tempted by Manchester United is utterly laughable. If the worst happens and he does not renew at Anfield, he will have his pick of the very best clubs in the world on a free transfer next summer.

The one that might secretly worry Liverpool a little bit is Real Madrid. Beyond that, even with Jurgen Klopp gone, there aren't many clubs who you could imagine tempting Alexander-Arnold away from the place where he could become one of the all-time greats.

Drawing up a list, Manchester United would not even crack the top 10. Aston Villa, now flush with cash and seemingly very well-run, is probably more appealing, with Champions League football on offer to boot

Signing Sane would have been one thing, at a time when Manchester United's league drought was half as long, and it still at least mounted title challenges from time to time. But the decline has continued, and Alexander-Arnold is a far bigger talent.

Obviously, Manchester United won't actually have any designs on signing him. But just in case Ratcliffe is getting another one of his brilliant ideas, a word to the wise — you've got a decade of catching up to do on Liverpool, and fixing up Old Trafford would be a good place to start. Just don't disband the women's team or anything in order to pay for it.