Sir Alex Ferguson has probably taken a look at the Old Trafford pitch over the last couple of weeks, grimaced at the boggy nature of it and though enough is enough, time for the club’s next major investment.
Half a million pounds on a pitch is a truly staggering figure and the sort of money which would create a title winning budget for any League One or League Two side heading into next season, although for a club like United it is still pocket change.
However, United have been using the same surface for the last six seasons and the change could actually do them a lot of good.
United have a squad which is packed full of talented players in possession of the ball and players who like to ping balls along a slick surface, as they build pressure on the opposition and counter attack.
If there are fewer variables produced by United’s home turf, then they stand a much better chance of retaining possession and getting that killer pass to go to its intended target.
United like to pass the ball through their midfield, sending the ball out to either flank and shifting the shape of the opposition defence, pulling their key defenders out of position.
It’s a simple, but potentially very effective, change that the manager seems to have asked for as the same amount of money has been spent maintaining the current surface since it was originally laid.
The problem for United is that the pitch is the same for both teams and it will only be an advantage to them against teams, who are not equally as good at keeping the ball.
If United start next season with the best playing surface in the Premier League, then Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and a couple of other sides are going to be compelled to bring their best passing game to Old Trafford.
That can be very difficult for United to cope with, especially if they do not make their midfield more competitive in the summer transfer window.
Ferguson has even stated that the current pitch is actually affecting the fitness of certain players within his side.
He claims it’s unfair to a player like Darren Fletcher who is trying to get back to fitness following a chronic bowel condition, with the heavy pitch making it virtually impossible to even consider him for a first team return.
Ferguson has done a superb job to wrestle the Premier League title back from Manchester City and this is a small change the club can make, to give themselves a better chance of retaining that trophy.
How do you think a new pitch will impact United?
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