Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slams plastic pitch ahead of AZ Alkmaar clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slams plastic pitch ahead of AZ Alkmaar clash

Ahead of their UEFA Europa League clash against AZ Alkmaar, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has slammed the state of the artificial pitch.

Alkmaar's home stadium remains out of use after a storm caused the roof to collapse and damage a section of the stand. United will now face the Dutch side at ADO Den Haag's stadium and his squad trained at the Cars Jeans Stadion on Wednesday before their clash on Thursday 3rd October.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the clash, Solskjaer slammed the state of the pitch, "Well I'm surprised they've chosen to play on this pitch when I look at it, I'm used to astroturf pitches in Norway, it's not the best I've seen.

"It's one of the worst ones I've seen for a long while, we've all got standards back home in Norway and they are all modern and new but it's safe, I'm not saying that... it's just not the newest. It's just on the floor so on the carpet more or less, so when you pull the grass up, you do that loads, there's more bounce, it seems like it's been used a lot. 

"I'm surprised that in this climate you have to use astroturf it's ok when you live in the North Pole like we more or less do in Norway and can't play in March, November or December but here I'm surprised."

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