MANCHESTER UNITED is to spend pounds30M on making Old Trafford the biggest club ground in Britain.
The club has applied for planning permission to add 12,400 seats to the stadium, taking its capacity to 67,400 by 2001.
The news comes amid intense speculation that Rupert Murdoch's satellite television station BSkyB has offered over pounds500M to buy Britain's most famous football club.
United plans to build two 6,200-seat steel structures behind and over the existing east and west stands. The roof line will be continuous with the recently completed north stand
Work on the east stand, which is to include a relocated megastore and offices, is scheduled to begin in the spring. 'Construction will go on during the football season, and will not affect the existing capacity,' said group property manager George Johnstone.