BEIJING -- Manchester City sent a groundsman to the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing 10 days ago to try ensure their preseason derby with Manchester United goes ahead, a club source has told ESPN FC.
Concerns were raised about the state of the pitch following a deluge of rain in the Chinese capital. City responded by sending over deputy head groundsman Craig Knight to help local ground staff repair the pitch after large areas were hit by fungus, which made it virtually unplayable.
BEIJING, China -- Although heavy rain meant that their final training session was switched to protect the pitch at Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest stadium, Manchester United and Manchester City are scheduled to meet Monday in a match outside England for the first time in their 140-year histories.
Manchester's giants, and their new Iberian managers Jose Mourinho and Josep Guardiola, face each other a 12-hour flight away from Manchester in the world's most populous country, a place where both clubs...
New Sunderland manager David Moyes made an unexpected return to Manchester on Sunday when the airplane carrying the team was forced to make an emergency landing.
Moyes, who managed Manchester United in the 2013-14 season, was diverted to Manchester Airport when Sunderland's Eastern Airways flight from Newcastle to Geneva experienced a technical failure.
"It was a flight carrying the Sunderland football team," a spokesperson for Manchester Airport told the Manchester Evening News.
Daley Blind might not be amused by Wayne Rooney's latest comments about him on a Facebook Q&A video, although they did draw a laugh from the Manchester United captain.
Rooney had been asked about who the slowest player at United is and Rooney singled out the Dutchman. Ashley Young was reading out the questions sent in by fans and also laughed as the United captain revealed his answer.
Rooney said: "Slowest player? I'd have to say Daley Blind. Sorry Daley. He makes up for it with his mind, he's...