United's Carrington pitches relaid at van Gaal's demand
Manchester United have ripped up two training pitches at their Carrington training ground in order to fast-track Louis van Gaal's demand for better facilities at the club.
Former Dutch manager Van Gaal has made a series of recommendations for improvements and the first of these were instigated yesterday, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodword authorising the installation of two Desso playing surfaces at Carrington which will replicate the pitch at Old Trafford.
The new surfaces should be ready at Carrington in six weeks and the squad will train on one of the many other pitches at their training ground until the new Desso turf has settled sufficiently.
United committed £800,000 to a new Wembley-style, part-synthetic surface at Old Trafford at the end of the 2013-14, which was installed by Desso and has been well received.