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“We've declined to replace the turf at the moment because we believe Tony will get it right. We've got the artificial lights on it all the time. We also have to hope for better weather and a bit more sun. That really helps. The more light we get the better it is for the pitch.” - Sir Alex
01/02/2013 10:31, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Reds play on with pitch

Sir Alex has confirmed United will not replace the deteriorating Old Trafford pitch until the end of this season and expressed hopes that conditions will improve with warmer weather.

The playing surface at the Theatre of Dreams was ravaged by heavy rainfall over the festive period and has since suffered as a result of frost and cold weather, making it almost unplayable at times – particularly against Southampton on Wednesday when the boss cited the turf as a hindrance.

But now, having taken advice from grounds man Tony Sinclair, the boss is optimistic improvements can be made before important home fixtures with Everton, Reading and of course, Real Madrid.

“It's not good,” Sir Alex told, when quizzed on the pitch's quality during his weekly press conference at Carrington. “We're changing the whole pitch in the summer but we've got 10 days before Everton now and 10 days before Reading.

“We're getting more sunlight now as well and that will help in terms of regenerating it. It's definitely a bit worn out, in my mind. On Wednesday there was a lot of water before the game, which helped us in the first half. But in the second it dried out and that made it difficult for us.

“The grounds men work their socks off. He's as concerned as anyone and he's disappointed with how it is at the minute. We’ve got 10 days before Everton so hopefully that makes a difference. It's not been the same since that game against Newcastle and the deluge of rain.

“We've had this pitch now for a number of years and it's been great. If you go back before that we had to renew it maybe once or twice a season. Although that helped it was never

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