“From the instruction ground to the stadium, we have 23 organic pitches and 5 synthetic pitches to appear soon after,” mentioned Sinclair. 

“They all will need to be renovated and ready for 1 July and pre-season instruction, and then we have the stadium pitch itself to function on for the initially match in August. It in no way stops. If something, the continual challenge we have, to make confident the pitches are proper, gets tougher in the course of the summer season.”


This season, United’s initially group have played at Old Trafford 26 occasions across the Premier League, two domestic cups and the UEFA Champions League, and the pitch has also been utilized for Champions League instruction sessions and 3 Below-23 matches. Tony offered an insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes to make certain the turf remains in fantastic nick in the course of these lengthy campaigns.

“I know supporters will come on a match day and they’ll see the vibrant white lines and the shaded patterns and the chequerboard impact, but to make the pitch appear like that requires a lot of challenging function and a lot of it is a science.

“Our pitch at Old Trafford is a Desso hybrid, so there are generally 20 million pieces of stitched-like nylon material, 20cm deep, 1.5cm apart and 2cm from the surface. So this stitching tends to make up three per cent of the pitch. Samples are taken away each and every week, so we can verify if we are low in nutrients and micro-nutrients. If we are, then we have to determine how to amend these components. We use artificial develop lights which kid the plant into pondering that the circumstances are sufficient to develop.”