In the 1970s, your average football pitch probably resembled something of a quagmire—a sticky, well-trodden bog that would stop a ball dead in its tracks.
These days, great care is taken by groundsmen to ensure the pitches today's superstars play on are as well maintained and looked after as possible, and modern-day technology, such as sprinkler systems and under-soil heating, have helped with this.
Over the last 10 years, a generation of so-called "pass masters" have been ushered in, players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Scholes.
These individuals have wowed millions of spectators with their intricate, precision-perfect passing skills on these much-improved playing surfaces, with their technical prowess and, where Barcelona are concerned at least, tiki-taka football.
Short passes and movement, clever distribution and an emphasis on possession are all skills that have come more into the fore in this modern age of football, and Manchester United arguably had the best pass master of them all in their ranks.
But before we get to that, here, we take you through the five greatest Manchester United pass masters under Sir Alex Ferguson.