Sir Alex’s specific demands for Man Utd groundsman which every manager copied

Manchester United's head groundsman Tony Sinclair has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson has a specific request that was quickly followed by the rest of the Premier League.

Sinclair lifted the lid on the upkeep of Old Trafford – and how Sir Alex was more meticulous than any other manager he's worked with. He told The Athletic: "Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to know everything about the pitch; no stone was left unturned.

"When the team arrived on a matchday I’d go into his room and say: ‘We’ve cut the pitch short today and wet the leaf (the grass). Water is distributed onto the pitch after the warm-up and half-time. Water makes it faster, short makes it faster.

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"Sir Alex wanted the pitch short, firm and wet. Others followed."

These days it's rare to find Premier League clubs who opt to have a longer pitch.

And Sinclair went on to reveal the extent of care the Old Trafford pitch takes, and it can be cut as many as four times to keep it an optimum length of 21mm-23mm. He added: "You can always nick a bit of grass off with a fresh cut and we need to keep that shortness."

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Sinclair's most shocking revelation was that he phones the Met Office daily to get an accurate reading of the weather for that day.

From there Sinclair can then decide what to do with the pitch – from what to put on it to how many times it needs to be cut.


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