Tranmere manager Micky Mellon played down concerns about the state of the Prenton Park pitch ahead of their FA Cup date against Manchester United, claiming: “Good players can adapt and adjust to anything.”
Rovers booked a dream meeting against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Sunday afternoon by overcoming United’s Premier League rivals Watford in their rescheduled third-round replay.
A waterlogged pitch last week meant the Hornets clash had to be rearranged for Thursday night, where Tranmere progressed courtesy of a 2-1 win after extra-time on a playing surface where there were a number of bald patches, with both wings heavily sanded.
Matters are hardly likely to improve because of the short turnaround between the fixtures, but Mellon argued the condition of the pitch will benefit no one.
“People get confused and think they’ve got to play on a different pitch, we’ll play on the same pitch,” Mellon said.
“What if it’s windy? What if it’s hailstones? Good players can adapt and adjust to anything, that’s what you expect of them.
“They know what the outcome has got to be and that’s got to be trying to win a game of football and good players will find a way of doing that on any surface.
“Manchester United players will probably be as well-equipped as anybody of finding ways of winning games of football in all situations.”