There's A Theory Behind Old Trafford's "Injury Plagued" Surface And It Stinks
It certainly won't go down in history as a classic, but one of the biggest talking points from Old Trafford this afternoon was the incredibly unfortunate amount of injuries.
Manchester United used all three substitutions before half-time, while Liverpool's Roberto Firmino was replaced by Daniel Sturridge after rolling his ankle.
It was a nightmare first 45 minutes for both sides.
4 - There have been four first half substitutions in the Manchester United v Liverpool match; the first time this has happened since February 2009 (Wigan Athletic v Fulham). Hamstrung. pic.twitter.com/XSCZrxKKRs- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2019
For the first time since 2009 there was four first half substitutions, and many pointed the finger at Old Trafford's "slippy" surface.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that 48 hours before kick-off, Manchester United's groundstaff sprayed Garlic to ensure a smoother surface.
That's right. It is believed that Garlic keeps parasites from damaging the grass.
They've had a stinker! @ManUtd have been spraying garlic on the Old Trafford pitch ahead of their huge clash with @LFC on Sunday.- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 22, 2019
Why do @ManUtd use garlic on the Old Trafford pitch? https://t.co/4VLqBwaZ6Y pic.twitter.com/t1jLQ3t43S
They, along with many other Premier League sides, have been doing this for years.
But many fans continued to blame the spread of Garlic for the sheer amount of injuries sustained.
All this Garlic at Old Trafford is wiping them all out #ManUtdVLiverpool- RichM (@RichM39162405) February 24, 2019
The garlic cursed Old Trafford's pitch apparently- eman (@actuallyeman) February 24, 2019
The excess garlic Man U sprayed on their pitch has had a bad effect on their players :joy::joy: they can't keep their muscles in one place..hamstring galore...garlic tenderizes- Chapia (@david_osore) February 24, 2019
Am I the only one thinking that the garlic which was put on the pitch not too long is the cause of these injuries? I'm desparately trying to make sense of that 1st half :sob:- Lydie:flag_cd::flag_za: (@NyiraLydieMUFC) February 24, 2019
I'd blame that garlic they were spreading on the pitch mid week. Lads are bound to get injured #MANLIV- Cian Geary (@ciangeary) February 24, 2019
It's obvious, the garlic has made the pitch slippy and is causing all the injuries https://t.co/vaf1beglFp- justice4McTominay, future Ballon d'Or winner (@MUFChomeofthePL) February 24, 2019
One thing is for certain, the Garlic "reeked" havoc throughout.
Liverpool are now one point ahead of Manchester City in the title race, but can Jurgen Klopp's side maintain top spot in the coming weeks?
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