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Manchester United players may have to play on a quagmire..

Manchester United v Man City in serious doubt as Beijing rain continues

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If you thought Manchester United and Manchester City were having a bad time of it in Beijing, it could be about to get a lot worse.

The two clubs are scheduled to meet in a highly anticipated friendly match at the Bird's Nest Stadium in a game that will also see Jose Mourinho reform his rivalry with Pep Guardiola.

However, torrential rain has hit the city, flooding large parts of it and killing a reported 37 people dead, with at least another seven still missing. Beijing has not seen rains like this in 60 years and, right now, it is only getting worse.

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Three of Britain's premiere football journalists are currently batting down the hatches in China's capital city, tweeting to say that torrential rain has been pouring all night and is not due to stop until Monday afternoon.

They believe the International Champions Cup game is now at serious risk of being cancelled, leaving the 40,000 people who have bought tickets, and millions of City and United fans around the world, disappointed.

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Here are the tweets:

And this from the Met Office is hardly filling us with confidence either:

The problem

The problem lies in the centre of the famous 91,000-seater arena. The pitch has been left sodden by the torrential downpours and neither City or United were allowed to train on it on Sunday afternoon.

Groundsmen are working round the clock to try and get it ready but a significant amount of rainfall overnight could leave the pitch completely unplayable. It is a marketing nightmare for United, City, the ICC and the Chinese Football Association.

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Manager's concerned

Speaking about the pitch, United boss Mourinho said: "I think Beijing is unlucky because the pitch is very bad. The condition of my players is more important than the results in pre-season.

"My only objective is to take the players home safe and without injury. These are no conditions to play a good game of football.

"If it was a friendly, it becomes a double friendly now. No injuries, play calm, play safe, go home and keep the preparation for next week. I hope our players and City's players can go home without injury."

His adversary, Guardiola, said: “We haven't see the pitch, but the information we have is there could be a lot of rain in the last day, so it's not in good condition.

“We’re going to adapt, adjust. The most important thing is that people aren’t going to be injured.”

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