Manchester United spray Old Trafford pitch with garlic once a week


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already beaten Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea during his brief stint as Manchester United’s interim manager, but the one game that he’ll be desperate to win is drawing ever closer.

The Red Devils host Liverpool on Sunday, desperate to put a dent in their rivals’ hopes of winning the Premier League.

Many supporters aren’t afraid to admit that they would prefer Man City to win the title over Liverpool. That’s just how fierce the rivalry is.

The first meeting between the two sides this season ended in a comfortable 3-1 win for Liverpool, a result which brought an end to Jose Mourinho’s spell at the club.

But this is a new Man United side, invigorated by Solskjaer’s positive approach.

They’ve lost just once in 13 matches under the Norwegian and have already completed a task that Mourinho dismissed as near-impossible by climbing into the top four positions.

The Manchester outfit have the benefit of playing in front of their own fans and on a pitch that they are accustomed to.

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Man United have sprayed garlic on the pitch

And the turf at Old Trafford will have a distinct feeling to it on Sunday - because it has been sprayed with garlic.

That’s right, the ground staff at the Theatre of Dreams have sprayed the root vegetable on the pitch ahead of the match. It’s actually something they’ve done once a week for the last five years.

There’s logic to it, though. Per Sky Sports, the garlic helps to prevent parasites from damaging the roots.

The technique produces quite a smell inside the stadium - it can even be smelled from half a mile away.

But the smell is not expected to remain by the time the game kicks off at 2:05pm on Sunday.

Sky Sports add that the Old Trafford pitch has improved from one of the poorest in the Premier League to one of the best in the last decade.

Man United aren’t the only club in the top flight to use the method.

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