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Manchester United face more pitch problems against Galatasaray

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Manchester United cannot seem to catch a break during their first pre-season under Jose Mourinho.

The farcical tour of China started with a 4-1 battering at the hands of Borussia Dortmund and ended with their game against Manchester City being called off due to the poor weather and pitch condition in Beijing.

Mourinho must have felt relieved to touch back down on English soil and although he has been able to work with his players at Carrington for most of the week, their next pre-season fixture may also give him cause for concern.

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The Red Devils are set to fly out to Sweden to face Galatasaray in Gothenburg on Saturday and once again it looks like the condition of the pitch is likely to have a big impact on proceedings.

Six days ago, Bruce Springsteen hosted a concert in the Ullevi Stadium and it's safe to say, it has left the pitch in a torrid state.

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The image below shows the centre circle in particularly bad nick while both goalmouths are said to be in equally poor condition.

The pitch being so uneven will do nothing to improve Mourinho's frustration after the debacle surrounding their last scheduled fixture.

The Portuguese was desperate to avoid any injuries if the clash with Man City had taken place and it looks like he will be required to take a similar mentality on Saturday.

Man United confirmed the 23-man squad Mourinho will take to Sweden earlier today and there were certainly a few key inclusions and absentees.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make his United debut in the match, but as he only started training this week - following an extended holiday post-Euro 2016 - and the larger risk of injury on such a poor pitch, his playing time could well be limited.

For Bastian Schweinsteiger though, it appears he is facing a losing battle to stay at Old Trafford. The German international has not been selected and has been heavily rumoured to be one of the senior squad members Mourinho would like to sell before the season commences.

Adnan Januzaj and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have also missed out but Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial could all make their first appearances under the new regime.

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Wayne Rooney
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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