Manchester United will take on AZ Alkmaar on an astroturf pitch in the Europa League tonight.
A large section of the Dutch club’s usual stadium, the AFAS Stadion, collapsed in August after high winds in the area.
United will be looking for a second Europa League win and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the artificial surface at Alkmaar is “one of the worst ever” ahead of the clash.
The Car Jeans Stadion is usually a field hockey pitch and home to ADO Den Haag but will play host to 11 Red Devils tonight and they will be hoping to burn away any chance of losing.
Midfielder Paul Pogba has been left out of the squad due to the club being worried about his ongoing foot injury and Solskjaer voiced his fears about the pitch, saying, “it’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen for a while.”
The last time United played on an astroturf pitch the future was looking a lot brighter with a 3-0 win over Young Boys giving them a first Champions League win of the season.
With United now in the Europa League, Solskjaer will be hoping to emulate predecessor Jose Mourinho in winning the tournament and once again qualifying for the Champions League.
The Norweigan manager seemed to confirm he would rotate the squad and include younger players as they did against FC Astana, when they won 1-0.
Solskjaer said: “They (Alkmaar) are a young team and an exciting team and one or two of ours will get another chance to impress. They all want to be part of a long future here. We will have a mixture of experience and youth.”
United have not won away from home since their stunning Champions League comeback against Paris Saint Germain in March and will be hoping Europe is their lucky charm tonight as they look to improve their dismal record of seven wins in 22 games.
The Manchester club are without Pogba, Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly for the trip to the Netherlands.
Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes are back in the squad after their respective recent injuries and 19-year-old Brandon Williams is once again included in the senior squad.