When Manchester United played their home games at City’s Stadium

Written by El-Khoury

Looking back in time, you can find many stories about football. From the biggest records, to the craziest comebacks and, of course, the final results in rivalry matches. And yet, things in football we don’t expect, there is a great fact where Manchester United have been playing their home games for nearly four years at Manchester City. How did this happen, and why is a question that will come to your mind…

When it was difficult times in War…

Everything started with the Second World War. Manchester is one of the most important areas of Great Britain. The industrial areas in Manchester was the backbone of Great Britain, and the Germans knew that very well.

Therefore, the Manchester bombing was not surprising at all. It was March 11, 1941, when German bombs destroyed most of Old Trafford. That was not the goal of the Germans, but a “side loss”. The central part of the stadium suffered the most serious damage. The “Theater of Dreams” could no longer be used. After this terrible event, Manchester United had no choice but to abandon its stadium until it was rebuilt.

The next day

After this incident, there were not many choices. The “lifesaving hope” needed by Manchester United, who remained “homeless” in other words without a home ground, were welcomed by their enemies Manchester City to use their stadium. Citizens gave up Maine Road until Old Trafford was rebuilt. The “red devils” moved in 1945 to their enemy’s “home”. They stayed there until 1949 giving £5,000 each year and a percentage of the tickets income in each game.

The Return

On August 24, 1949, the “Theatre of Dreams” was ready again, as Manchester United gave its fight there. They were against Bolton Wanderers, while written in history; the result ended 3-0 in favour of Manchester United. Just think about it, it’s one of those stories you don’t ever expect to come across in football. Manchester United suffered the most damage as a club since the war and the crucial help at the time came from one of the most hated opponents.