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.
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’.”
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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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