Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said AZ’s pitch is one of the worst he has seen.
The Red Devils are set to play against the Dutch side in the Europa League on Thursday at Cars Jeans Stadion in The Hague.
Speaking ahead of the game, Ole said he is not pleased with the state of the artificial pitch at AZ’s temporary home ground.
He added that he does not understand why a stadium in Holland had to move away from a grass surface.
His words, “I’m surprised they’ve chosen to play on this pitch when I’ve looked at it,”
“It’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen for a long while. We’ve al got standards back home in Norway anyway. It’s safe, I’m not saying it’s not. It’s 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 but with my knees I’ve not enjoyed astro turf anyway.
“I’m surprised that in this climate you have to use astro turf. 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.”
Mata also had this to say about the stadium, “It’s a completely different game [to Young Boys] but we need to start from the beginning ready for them. They’re [AZ] used to playing in these conditions and from the beginning they will be dangerous.
“We will train today to try and adapt to the pitch and hopefully after the game we can not say it was an excuse and we’ve won the three points.”
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