PICTURE: Old Trafford transformation nears completion

PICTURE: Old Trafford transformation nears completion

An £800,000 overhaul of Old Trafford's pitch is nearly complete after weeks of work over the summer.

The change was certainly needed after the surface began to show real signs of ageing just after the Christmas break and it is the first time that the grass has been fully replaced since 2004.

A part synthetic surface similar to that at Wembley will be used and it is already starting to look like a snooker table.

At times last year, the badly cut pitch worked against Manchester United in some games and it stopped Darren Fletcher from playing at all because it was too heavy for him to play on.

And with a velvet surface, it should be the perfect tool for United to build a slick passing game on with Kagawa, van Persie, Rooney et al likely to be able to play much smoother football on it.

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