Solskjaer Slams 'Worst' AZ Alkmaar Pitch



Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his dismay with the state of the pitch at the temporary home of AZ, calling it one of the worst he has seen.

United are set to take on the Dutch side in the Europa League on Thursday at Cars Jeans Stadion in The Hague.

The game is not being held at AZ's normal home ground AFAS Stadion because a section of the roof recently collapsed.

And Solskjaer has hit out at the artificial pitch at AZ's temporary home ground, saying he does not understand why a stadium in the Netherlands needed to move away from a grass surface.

"I’m surprised they’ve chosen to play on this pitch when I’ve looked at it,” Solskjaer said. ”I’m used to it from Norway. It’s not the best I’ve seen.

“It’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen for a long while. We’ve all 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."

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