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Man United star calls for an end to ‘dangerous’ artificial pitches

Man United fullback Luke Shaw stopped short of blaming the artificial pitch for his side’s defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday but called for an end to the use of the ‘dangerous’ surfaces.

Shaw noted that it was hard for the players to turn on the slick artificial surface in use at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern where Young Boys are based.

Shaw slams Wankdorf Stadium pitch

United had taken the lead through Ronaldo, who netted in his Champions League return after bagging a brace in a sensational homecoming to the theatre of dreams on Saturday. His strike would be cancelled out though after Aaron Wan-Bissaka got himself sent off in the first half and late on an errant back pass from Jesse Lingard allowed Theoson Siebatcheu to slot past David de Gea and snatch all three points.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Manchester United players and coaching staff and some responded by labelling the pitch dangerous.

Wan-Bissaka slid in studs raised to earn himself a red, but Shaw feels only luck prevented injuries on the day.

“We got the early goal, comfortable in the game, we didn’t feel they were too threatening.

“Then, ten men, they had more of the ball, more chances. Towards the end we gave everything, we tried to give them as less chances as possible.

Man United sunk in Bern

“But they got the goal, and the last goal, these things happen in football. We need to move on. We’re disappointed, but there’s still a lot more games to go.

“No excuses, we lost the game tonight, you can’t blame the pitch.

“But for Champions League, these pitches, they shouldn’t be possible. It’s dangerous. It’s hard to turn on.

“But like I said, it’s no excuse.”

Manchester United are next in action on Sunday when they travel to London to face West Ham in a Premier League encounter.

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