Manchester derby cancelled in Beijing due to poor conditions

The two teams were due to play in the Bird's Nest Stadium

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Manchester City's Nolito (centre), jogs with his teammates during the team's training session at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Beijing on Sunday (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Manchester derby which was due to take place in Beijing on Monday afternoon has been cancelled with less than a few hours notice.

Both United and City had travelled to the country to take part in the International Champions Cup, with Jose Mourinho's side having lost 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund last week.

Recent flooding in Beijing has left the pitch at the Bird's Nest Stadium in poor condition, with players from both sides not allowed to train on the pitch on Sunday in preparation for the game.

The trip to China has been a logistical nightmare for the teams with Manchester United's plane having to make an emergency landing on their way to the Chinese capital.

A last-minute postponement of the game will come as an embarrassment to organisers, as Manchester United prepare to travel back to Europe. Manchester City will stay in China ahead of their game with Dortmund in Shenzhen on Thursday.