Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

United training cancelled

David Moyes said the safety of the players has to be the primary concern

Manchester United have cancelled an open training session planned for the Hong Kong stadium on Sunday.

United, who are due to play Kitchee FC in the stadium on Monday, have taken the decision after the torrential rain in the region over the last few days.

"Manchester United, Kitchee and the Hong Kong Football Association have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the open training session, planned for tomorrow (Sunday) evening at the Hong Kong stadium," said a statement on behalf of the club.

Manager David Moyes expressed his concerns about the state of the pitch on Friday and there must now be a real danger the match will not take place.

Tottenham were able to complete their third-place play-off against South China on Saturday, but heavy rain fell towards the end of the game, leaving obviously sodden patches.

Moyes was at the stadium along with his coaching staff and they have taken the only action open to them.

"The pitch has suffered from torrential rainfall in the last week, as well as staging a number of games in a very short space of time," continued the statement.

"Wednesday's matches (Sunderland vs Tottenham, Manchester United vs South China) had their kick offs delayed, only proceeding after being shortened to 40-minute halves.

"The weather has continued to present problems for the pitch and the first consideration of both the HKFA and the Club has to be the safety of the players in such conditions.

"The Club has consulted with the Hong Kong FA and has also taken advice from Kitchee.

"In the absence of any other suitable facility, the open session has had to be cancelled."

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