There's no doubt about it, Manchester City's new training complex is absolutely fantastic. The club's £200 million base will no doubt help them go in search of long term success on the Premier League and European scene.
It may even help them move ahead of their rivals Manchester United once and for all...or will it?
Manchester United's position
It's easy to forget that, with the Citizens opening up something rather special and unique, Manchester United are still in quite the healthy position themselves. Of course, things on the red side of Manchester haven't been great since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the Red Devils are set up for failure.
Of course, with Manchester City sending out messages on and off the pitch, Manchester United will be compared with their rivals more than ever before. Every decision is scrutinised...but that has always been the case with the famous club.
The latest debate, then, is about the long term future of Manchester United, and the fact that some see the club falling behind their noisy neighbours.
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But, whilst City's new training complex will surely succeed, they still have to implement a strategy and a plan achieve long term success. You can have all the tools, but that doesn't necessarily mean that everything will come together.
Long term plan
At Manchester United, however, there's been a structure in place for a long time now. Senior figures have departed, of course, but that hasn't stopped the club from losing their traditional values.
In fact, despite it being suggested that United are falling behind their rivals, the club have quite the training facility themselves. The complex may well have been built between the years of 1999 and 2002, but there have been more than enough developments to the facilities to prove that the club are not standing still.
After all, it was only just over one year ago that the club announced a huge eight-year partnership with Aon. An eight year plan certainly appears to be a long term one...
Additionally, a medical centre and sports science department were added as the club spent millions to further improve their magnificent facilities.
You only have to look at this season to see the future of the club is an extremely bright one. It has been youth players galore in Louis van Gaal's first-team throughout the course of the campaign so far.
The likes of Paddy McNair, James Wilson and Tyler Blackett have all starred for the club under the Dutch regime, whilst Belgian international Adnan Januzaj burst onto the scene in style last term.
As well as looking to progress their youngsters, they're not afraid to splash the cash on the younger generation, too. After all, the club paid a large sum to bring Luke Shaw to the club last summer. There's clearly a structure in place at Old Trafford - much like there is at the Etihad.
United are investing and youth, but ultimately giving them a chance to shine on the biggest stage. City may well be progressing, but they still have a lot to learn yet.
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