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Bailey: Man Utd hurt during 1980s by poor Old Trafford pitch

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey believes the club suffered in the 1980s because of a poor Old Trafford pitch.

Bailey played the majority of his career at United under Ron Atkinson.

Asked about his former teammates, he told manutd.com: "Robbo, leading from midfield always. Frank Stapleton up front - the master tactician shielding the ball and setting up shots. Then two wingers in Strachan and Jesper, who on a good day absolutely destroyed teams.

"Jesper wasn't suited to a heavy pitch though - and Old Trafford was often heavy. On a hard summer pitch he was magnificent. Our surface was unplayable by October, and for a passing team like United, that didn't help."

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