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Source: Daily Mail

By Sportsmail Reporter Last updated at 11:46 AM on 25th March 2010

FC United of Manchester are set to move to the birthplace of Manchester United after announcing plans for a new ground in Newton Heath.

The Unibond Premier League club, formed by United fans angered by the controversial Glazer takeover in 2005, have drawn up plans for a 5,000-capacity stadium at the Ten Acres Lane sports centre.

The scheme has the backing of Manchester City Council, which owns the site, and will now be put to local residents and community groups.

The club must also secure backing for the £3.5 million project.

Club general manager Andy Walsh said: 'We are delighted to be able to make this announcement and discussions with the council have been very positive to date.

'The significance of this location is historical while it will also showcase a new model of facility development, based on football supporter ownership and community involvement.'

FC United currently play their home games at Bury's Gigg Lane ground, and top the Unibond Premier attendance tables with an average of 1,941 fans.

The new stadium could be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season if it gets the go-ahead.