Manchester United will reportedly invest £500,000 this summer in order to relay the Old Trafford pitch for the first time in six years, after Sir Alex Ferguson branded it as 'tired' earlier this season.

According to Goal.com, the Manchester United manager has requested new grass be laid during the off season, and work will begin on the new turf thy day after the Premier League leaders' final home game of the campaign against Swansea City.

Ferguson had claimed back in January that the heavy Old Trafford pitch was not helping Darren Fletcher in his recovery from a chronic bowel condition, and hinted that a change would be made when the campaign came to an end.

"The pitches over the last few weeks have not suited Darren," the United boss said, as reported by Goal.com. "They are really heavy pitches. Unfortunately, Old Trafford seems to have collapsed in the last two weeks.

"We have had six great years out of the pitch. Our groundsman, Tony Sinclair, has done a fantastic job. But it is looking tired now and I think we will have a new pitch in the summer."

Manchester United have already reportedly spent £500,000 in recent seasons to repair the current pitch, but have taken decision to have a new hybrid surface installed for around the same fee.

Dutch company Desso have been tasked with returning the Old Trafford pitch to its former glory, and will use a mixture of synthetics and grass in their installation.

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