Manchester United vs Aston Villa pitch ‘barely playable’ as Premier League sides face heavily-waterlogged surface after torrential rain in Australia

    Manchester United and Aston Villa will do battle on a pitch ‘barely playable’ after torrential rain in Australia.

    The two Premier League sides face-off in a pre-season friendly at the Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday.

    Staff worked tirelessly to get the game on

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    Staff worked tirelessly to get the game on

    United and Villa are playing in front of 60,000 fans on Saturday

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    United and Villa are playing in front of 60,000 fans on Saturday

    However, officials were forced to make a decision on whether the match would go ahead after a heavy downpour flooded the playing surface.

    Ground staff were seen using leaf blowers in a desperate attempt to dry the pitch before organisers revealed the game would not be called off.

    An official statement said: “After a final pitch inspection, organisers have confirmed that tonight’s match will go ahead on time with kick off as planned at 1745.”

    Leeds and Crystal Palace played out a 1-1 draw at the Optus Stadium on Friday, just 24 hours before the friendly between United and Villa, sparking fears of a torn-up pitch.

    BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone tweeted: “Told by someone who has been down there that pitch ‘barely playable’.”

    Sunday League regulars, however, may beg to differ.

    Fans braved the weather to watch the Premier League giants in Perth

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    Fans braved the weather to watch the Premier League giants in Perth

    Meanwhile, broadcaster MUTV said: “There have been multiple pitch inspections, as it’s a little damp in Perth.

    “The pitch is a little patchy and quite boggy.”

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