Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slams pitch ahead of UEFA Europa League clash against AZ Alkmaar

Manchester United Boss is surprised and unhappy with the condition of the pitch ahead for the UEFA Europa League clash on Thursday.

AZ Alkmaar will host Manchester United at Cars Jeans Stadium, which has an astroturf pitch. It was built for the 2013 Hockey World Cup. It was built after a fraction of the roof at AZ Alkmaar’s own stadium collapsed in August. The Astroturf pitch is going to be replaced soon, however, not before the Manchester United clash. And this has caused major unhappiness to the Red Devils manager.

Ole is “surprised” by the pitch.

Solskjaer said, “It’s OK when you live in the North Pole like we do in Norway.”

“Here, I’m surprised.”

“It’s one of the worst I’ve seen for a long while. In Norway, they’re all more modern and new.

“It’s safe, it’s just not the newest.”

Speaking about Pogba Ole said, “I wouldn’t risk him on astroturf even if he was available for this game,” the United manager added.

“With my knees, I’ve not really enjoyed astroturf. These young boys are OK.”

Manchester United won the match-day one of the Europa League and will be looking to continue.

Manchester United are traveling with 10 academy graduates. Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are absent due to their respective injuries.

Ole is backing the youngsters and wants them to grasp the moment, run and finish the chances.



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