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Manchester derby in China cancelled due to weather and state of pitch

Manchester derby in China cancelled due to weather and state of pitch

25/07/2016 at 07:49Updated 25/07/2016 at 10:54

Manchester United’s match with Manchester City on the pre-season tour of China has been cancelled due to bad weather and the state of the pitch.

A tweet on United's account read: "Due to recent weather events, tournament organisers & participating clubs have decided to cancel tonight's International Champions Cup game."

“I think Beijing is unlucky because the pitch is very bad. The condition of my players is more important than the results in pre-season. I have only one goal from tomorrow’s match, take the players home safe.”

Pitch problems

It was not only the rain that caused an issue for the pitch. It had also been affected by a fungus and various parts of it had been relaid with turf. There had been dozens of ground staff working relentlessly to solve the problem, to no avail.

Both teams have one pre-season match left, with City taking on Borussia Dortmund in the final International Champions Cup match at the Shanzhen Stadium on Thursday and United travelling to Gothenburg, Sweden, to take on Galatasaray on Saturday.

The Premier League season then kicks off when Guardiola's men take on Sunderland on Saturday, August 13 and United playing Bournemouth the day after.

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