Business Insider /GettyImages The Manchester City bid was met with scepticism at the time.
But now, with City having won the Premier League and the Champions League, the deal has become a symbol of how far Manchester United have come under Louis van Gaal.
After a summer of criticism, and a return to a more positive mood in the city, the club is now back to where it was last season.
Manchester United’s bid to buy the Etihad Stadium in 2022, pictured here in January 2018, was met by a resounding “no”The club has not been shy about saying that it is looking to build a new home in the country.
In an interview with the BBC, Sir Alex Ferguson said: “The first thing we want to do is find a buyer and we’ll try and find the right person.
We’ll talk to a number of people.”
United are now looking to move to a new stadium in the capital of the United States, in 2018, with a deal expected to be finalised by 2020.
City had previously made a bid for the Etampoor Stadium, but the stadium is in South America, not in the UK.
United also announced that it would sell the Etixpo Stadium to a consortium that includes former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and a group of Japanese investors.