Michael Owen brands Wembley's new Desso pitch a "big improvement"

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has endorsed Wembley's new Desso pitch, installed by J Mallinson, after returning to the national stadium for last Sunday's Community Shield win over Chelsea.

J Mallinson's new Desso pitch for Wembley is given thumbs up by Michael Owen - image: HW
J Mallinson's new Desso pitch for Wembley is given thumbs up by Michael Owen - image: HW

Last season’s much maligned surface was blamed for the striker’s ham string injury, sustained during the Carling Cup final in February.

But in an interview with Sky Sports after Sunday’s game, Owen said he was impressed with the changes that had been made.

"It was a really good pitch," he said.

"As soon as we stepped out into it we all looked at each other and said, 'what a difference.’

"Last time when we were in the cup final, you were almost sinking as soon as you walked on it and it was cutting up pretty badly.

"It wasn't just me that got injured in that game and there was a game later when a lot of people got injured.

"Unfortunately I bore the biggest brunt of it, but that was a big improvement today."

The new surface was installed by specialist contractor J Mallinson at the end of June.

It is due to be trialled throughout the 2010/11 season, which climaxes with the Football League Championship Final in May.

J Mallinson has previously worked with Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United.

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