Manchester United probably won’t be returning to China any time soon.
The club’s pre-season trip to the Asian country has been a mess from start to finish. Monday’s game against Manchester City could be cancelled due to inclement weather and Jose Mourinho was forced to hold an interview outside on Sunday because the original room was too small and too hot.
Then there’s the matter of United’s miserable 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the opening game of the International Champions Cup.
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To compound their woes, one of two planes carrying staff and players to Beijing had to be diverted to Tianjin after its flight path was affected by the bad weather.
Mourinho admitted the second plane eventually arrived at one o’clock in the morning. Hardly ideal preparation as the Portuguese readies his squad for the new season.
Memphis Depay was one of those unfortunate enough to be stuck on the plane that landed in Tianjin, which is roughly 70 miles from Beijing, on Saturday.
The Dutchman tweeted a video of himself standing near the plane and even claimed to be “lost in China”.
“We are lost somewhere, we had to make a quick landing somewhere,” Memphis said. “We tried to fly to Beijing but the weather is a little bit bad so we had to land somewhere else.
“So now we’re waiting until the weather gets a little bit easier so that we can land. I hope we can leave soon so that we can prepare ourselves for the game versus Manchester City.”
No doubt United fans appreciated the update. Although Memphis probably regretted it when he was hit with some responses calling for him to stay out in China.
It seems the 23-year-old can do little right. After a difficult debut season at Old Trafford, he faces an uphill battle to be included in Mourinho’s plans for next season.