Premier League side Manchester United have been reportedly spraying the Old Trafford stadium pitch with garlic ahead of a crucial tie against Liverpool on Sunday. The Red Devils ground-staff were spraying garlic on the turf with full force to ensure the grass has a distinctly odd pong for Sunday, a report by The Mirror stated.

To some fans it may sound like Manchester United are using this tactic to get an advantage over Liverpool, it is actually that garlic is just being used as a fertiliser to protect the grass from parasites. This method is used widely across various football clubs around Europe to keep their pitch intact.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and his men will aim to replicate the form displayed in the FA Cup fixture against Chelsea when they take to the field against Liverpool. United breezed past Chelsea in what was a comfortable two-nil win.

Since the arrival of interim manager, Solksjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho to take the responsibility of the head coach, things have looked bright for United. The 20-time champions have only lost once against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and recorded a good run of games barring that. Liverpool, on the other hand, are in high-flying form. The 2018 Champions League finalists are fighting it out against Manchester City for the coveted Premier league in what is increasingly looking like a two-horse title race.

The Kops have been bolstered by the form of Mo Salah and United will be banking on Paul Pogba to continue his impressive displays which he has shown lately.