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Tony Sinclair discusses his role as head groundsman


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06/07/2013 08:53,

Life's a pitch

Grounds manager Tony Sinclair epitomises the hard work and dedication behind the scenes to ensure Manchester United are successful; his chief duty is the 365-days-a-year care of the Old Trafford pitch.

So, when it came time to relay the famous grass this summer, Tony took us out onto the famous turf to discuss his job and explain why fans entering the #thisisyourturf competition can win a unique slice of United's history.

Tony is knowledgeable and passionate about the job he and his equally hard-working team do to make sure the Old Trafford surface is in top condition on matchdays.

"It's the most vital tool to the team," Tony says. "If the pitch isn't right then the repercussions can be great. The players want a lush, wet, fast-moving surface so they can perform to the highest level. I feel privileged to do this job. It means coming in at a weekend when United are not at home and cutting the grass or checking there are no diseases, because it's nature. You have to live it, no doubt about it.

"It's the most famous stadium in the world and I've seen some really significant moments. Some of the goals that have been scored on this pitch in the last ten years are incredible."

The #thisisyourturf competition, delivered by DHL, has 100 pieces of turf up for grabs, 25 of which are exact sections of iconic moments. To win one of these fantastic prizes simply vote for your favourite moment.

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