Manchester United and Aston Villa will face off on ‘barely playable’ ground after torrential rain in Australia.
The two Premier League sides face off in a pre-season friendly at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Saturday.
However, officials were forced to decide whether the match would go ahead after a heavy downpour flooded the playing area.
Ground staff were seen using leaf blowers in a desperate attempt to dry out the pitch before organizers revealed the game would not be called off.
An official statement said: “Following a final inspection of the pitch, the organizers have confirmed that tonight’s game will go ahead on time with the scheduled kick-off at 5.45pm.”
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, raising fears of a torn pitch.
BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone tweeted: “Told by someone who’s been there the pitch is ‘barely playable’.”
Sunday League regulars, however, may differ.
Meanwhile, broadcaster MUTV said: “There have been several pitch inspections as it is a little wet in Perth.
“The terrain is a bit uneven and quite marshy.”
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