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Manchester United stuck with dodgy pitch meaning Real Madrid will have to play on mudbath

Real Madrid will have to play on Old Trafford mudbath as Fergie admits title-chasing United left stuck with dodgy pitch

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

23:34 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:51 GMT, 31 January 2013

Manchester United are stuck with their deteriorating Old Trafford pitch until the end of the season after the club decided not to rip it up before the summer.

United’s playing surface has been in a mess since the wet Manchester weather before Christmas and now represents something of a rutted sandpit after being dried out by a period of frost and cold weather.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was damning in his criticism of the pitch after his team struggled to beat Southampton 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday night but it is understood that the club’s ground staff have advised there is no way it can be replaced mid-season.

They've got their work cut out: Manchester United's pitch has been left a mess by the winter weather

They've got their work cut out: Manchester United's pitch has been left a mess by the winter weather

Ferguson said after the match: 'We found the pitch difficult to play on. Southampton won a lot of 50-50 balls as our players looked to take a touch.

'We watered the pitch before the game but once it dried out in the second half it became difficult.

'We couldn’t play our normal game on it and its really becoming a problem for us.'

Life's a pitch: United struggled on the surface during the win against Southampton, said Sir Alex Ferguson

Life's a pitch: United struggled on the surface during the win against Southampton, said Sir Alex Ferguson

Turf wars: The pitch can clearly be seen churning up during Wednesday's match at Old Trafford

Turf wars: The pitch can clearly be seen churning up during Wednesday's match at Old Trafford

With United looking to cement their position at the top of the Premier League in coming weeks and due to face Real Madrid at Old Trafford in the Champions League on March 5, Ferguson would certainly like his team to have a better surface to play on and it is not unknown for clubs to relay surfaces during a season.

It seems, however, that United will have to make the best of things until the summer.

Do I really have to play on that pitch Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid come to Old Trafford on March 5

Do I really have to play on that pitch Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid come to Old Trafford on March 5

Greg Rutherford considering 100m switch

Could Rutherford take a leap into the unknown Golden boy considering 100m switch

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UPDATED:

08:22 GMT, 15 August 2012

Golden boy Greg Rutherford is considering competing in the 100metres at a major athletics meeting following his heroics at the London Olympics.

Rutherford cemented his place in history after becoming the first British athlete to win the long jump in almost 50 years.

Leap of faith: Rutherford was crowned Olympic champion earlier this month

Leap of faith: Rutherford was crowned Olympic champion earlier this month

And according to the Sun, the Milton Keynes star is now considering a move from the sandpit to the track, with his eye om the 100m B race at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels next month.

Rutherford, 25, has a personal best of 10.2 seconds, but wants to trim down his time in a bid to land a place in Team GB's 4x100m relay squad or individual squads.

Rutherford is set for a return to the track at the end of the month when he goes head-to-head with Olympic triple jump gold medallist Christian Taylor at the Birmingham Grand Prix.

Flying high: The 25-year-old is considering running in the 100m

Flying high: The 25-year-old is considering running in the 100m