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Why was the Soccer Aid pitch so bad and when is next Manchester United game at Old Trafford?

Soccer Aid fans were surprised to see patchy brown lines all over the pitch at Old Trafford

THE biggest names in the world of showbiz convened at Old Trafford on Sunday night for Soccer Aid.

And they will have been more than a bit shocked by the state of the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams.

 Fans were shocked by the state of the Soccer Aid pitch
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Fans were shocked by the state of the Soccer Aid pitch

What is wrong with the Soccer Aid pitch?

The Soccer Aid pitch had brown lines and patches across it after the Rolling Stones performed a concert at Old Trafford last week.

The gig last Tuesday was part of the rockers' first UK tour in five years, which will also see them play in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff

Such was the state of the Old Trafford turf that one fan even suggested rival fans had sabotaged it.

The tweet read: “So which vindictive b*****d sprayed weed killer on the Man Utd Pitch then!”

And another tweet likened the hallowed turf in Manchester to a chess board.

 A Rolling Stones concert last week was blamed for the poor playing surface at Old Trafford
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A Rolling Stones concert last week was blamed for the poor playing surface at Old Trafford

When is the next match at Old Trafford?

Manchester United will need to get their pitch ready by August 12, when the Premier League season starts again.

The Red Devils are not scheduled to play any home friendlies before that date so the groundsman will have plenty of time to sort things out.

The next big event at Old Trafford is Billy Joel's concert on June 16 - next Saturday.

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