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Manchester United Game Against Aston Villa Confirmed To Play After Waterlog Scares Risked Cancelation

Cain Smith

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Manchester United Game Against Aston Villa Confirmed To Play After Waterlog Scares Risked Cancelation

Manchester United's fixture against Aston Villa in Perth has been confirmed to go ahead following a final pitch inspection, after it looked possible that it could be called off due to the condition of the pitch.

Erik ten Hag's side have been in Australia for two pre-season tour games now, with this being their last down under.

Whoever in the squad expected a sunny summer would've been surprised when they arrived in Melbourne.

It has been cold and gloomy weather since United touched down.

Saturday afternoon in Perth saw floods of rain and even a thunderstorm ahead of United's fourth pre-season game.

With kick-off still hours away, there seemed to be time to improve the condition of the pitch for the encounter between the two Premier League teams.

However, scares happened when the pitch was seen.

In fact, the BBC were told by someone close to the ground that the pitch was 'barely playable'.

Whilst the organisers were there assessing the pitch, United's own were also taking a look around two and a half hours before kick-off.

Darren Fletcher, technical director, was seen walking along the pitch.

With another member of United's staff, the Scotsman tested a couple passes on the worst area of the lot.

After there being much worry about whether the game will go ahead, United confirmed to press the actions going forward.

"After a final pitch inspection, organisers have confirmed that tonight’s match will go ahead on time with kick off as planned at 17:45," the club stated.

The hard-work that the ground staff put in on the day would've been vital in getting play to go ahead.

Importantly, this means that the supporters who would've got their one chance to see United play live will not be disappointed.


Ten Hag's men will look to continue their solid pre-season form with a fourth win in a row against Steven Gerrard's men.

After this fixture, the club will return to Europe ahead of their final two games on tour.

They will then be prepared and ready for the Premier League opener against Brighton.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter: Simon Stone

Topics: Manchester United, Aston Villa, Erik Ten Hag, Football, Premier League

Cain Smith
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