Pitch perfect-ish: Warm weather will keep Manchester United surface fresh until summer, says Sir Alex Ferguson

By Ben Ireland

Plans to replace the ailing Old Trafford pitch will not be brought forward from the end of the season, according to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The hallowed turf suffered a battering over the hectic winter calendar for the treble-chasers, but Ferguson has total faith in grounds man Tony Sinclair and his team.

Old Trafford’s current pitch, installed in 2007, is due to be replaced at the end of the season, but calls to bring that date forward were rebuffed by Sir Alex.

On the pitch, the Reds’ manager told Manchester United’s official website: “It’s not good.

“We’re changing the whole pitch in the summer but we’ve got 10 days before Everton now and 10 days before Reading.

“We’re getting more sunlight now as well and that will help in terms of regenerating it. It’s definitely a bit worn out, in my mind.

“On Wednesday there was a lot of water before the game, which helped us in the first half. But in the second it dried out and that made it difficult for us.

“The grounds men work their socks off. He’s as concerned as anyone and he’s disappointed with how it is at the minute. We’ve got 10 days before Everton so hopefully that makes a difference. It’s not been the same since that game against Newcastle and the deluge of rain.

“We’ve had this pitch now for a number of years and it’s been great. If you go back before that we had to renew it maybe once or twice a season. Although that helped it was never perfect. The turf would lift out sometimes.

United earned 23 league points from a possible 27 throughout December and January – the notorious festive calendar.

They sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table, ahead of city rivals and defending champions Manchester City.  

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