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Manchester United’s pitch against Aston Villa is ‘barely playable’ as Premier League sides face heavily waterlogged surface after torrential downpours in Australia


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.

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The staff worked tirelessly to launch the game

Manchester United’s pitch against Aston Villa is ‘barely playable’ as Premier League sides face heavily waterlogged surface after torrential downpours in Australia

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United and Villa play in front of 60,000 fans 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.

Manchester United’s pitch against Aston Villa is ‘barely playable’ as Premier League sides face heavily waterlogged surface after torrential downpours in Australia

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

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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