Updated: 27/07/2013 07:03 | By pa.press.net

Hong Kong pitch worries Moyes



David Moyes is worried about how much damage players could sustain on the surface against Kitchee FC

David Moyes is worried about how much damage players could sustain on the surface against Kitchee FC

Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted he is concerned about the state of the pitch his side will be forced to play on in Hong Kong on Monday.

After their draw in Japan, United will fly to Hong Kong on Saturday expecting to take on local side Kitchee FC in the final game of their five-match tour of the Far East and Australia.

Yet they have no idea what conditions they are going to encounter.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has already voiced his concern ahead of his side's second game at the stadium against South China on Saturday, with Jan Vertonghen having injured ankle ligaments in Spurs' game against Sunderland on Wednesday.

Moyes has seen the pictures from the opening round of matches in the Premier League Asia Cup and with reports that the rain is due to last until Monday, there is a fear about how much damage players could sustain on the surface.

Press Association Sport understands senior figures at the club have even examined the contract for the game to see what contingencies are in place for such a situation.

However, with contractual obligations to meet, there is no question of a postponement at the present time.

Nevertheless, Moyes is worried.

"I do have concerns about the surface," he said. "It is mainly due to the weather. That is an act of God. We can't do anything about that.

"But we will travel to Hong Kong and hope the conditions improve and the pitch is in a better state than it has been in recently."

Meanwhile, Moyes confirmed midfielder Shinji Kagawa would not fly to Hong Kong.

The Japan star cut short his holiday in order to feature in both pre-season matches in his homeland, but Moyes feels Kagawa still needs to complete his break after featuring in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

"We have given him more holiday because of his football with Japan in the summer," said Moyes. "We try to give all the players four weeks' holiday if possible.

"He hasn't quite had that time so we will give him another week's rest, although he will do some more training with the club here so he can have that time at home in Japan."

15Comments
26/07/2013 15:19
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poor old moyes, played 4 , won 1 , drawn 1, lost 2, the fall is a coming , and i will love every minute of it, 6th place if your lucky.
26/07/2013 14:54
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Preparing the excuses if and when they get beat again I guess lol. You couldn't make it up lol.
26/07/2013 23:12
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Liverpool will be lucky to finish any higher than they did last season , Everton will finish above them again now they are the No1 team in Merseyside :) And Utd WILL be champions again no danger :)

All these scousers on here are posting on Utd stories because they are jealous and afraid of us :)

26/07/2013 16:40
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I think old Gollum should be worried about the ****e players he as never mind the pitch......in Gollum we trust
26/07/2013 18:23
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there's almost as many lumps,bumps ,cracks and crevasses ,in that pitch as there are in leather chops well worn fissog ,he should of got fergies team to train on his face ,might of saved a whole heap of excuses
26/07/2013 18:14
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lol the pitch isnt the worrie its his teamsheet,they couldnt win a game against the kings head drunk 11.at least he had some fergie training ....make excuses its not our fault
26/07/2013 15:41
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well if you're going to play money spinning friendlies you have to take the rough with the smooth.
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