Reports this afternoon have claimed that Manchester United are ready to extend Old Trafford from a capacity of close to 76,000 to 88,000, with plans to build on to the single tier Sir Bobby Charlton stand.

At present, the Stretford End and East Stand have two tiers, while the Sir Alex Ferguson has three tiers.

The railway line behind the Sir Bobby Charlton stand had previously caused difficulties when planning an extension. Advances in stadium technology mean this would no longer pose the issues it previously did. We could then extend the quadrants in the corner, just as we did on the opposite side of the stadium.

The extension would take Old Trafford beyond Westfalenstadion in Dortmund (81,359) Stade de France in Paris (81,338) the Bernabeu in Madrid (81,044) and the San Siro in Milan (80,018).

There has also been discussion over whether some of this capacity could allow for a safe standing section with the Premier League open to a trial.