Stoke City had the plug pulled on a friendly at Manchester United today – at the last minute.
Stoke had arrived at United’s Carrington training ground for a behind-closed-doors friendly crucial to both clubs ahead of their seasons resuming.
But the Manchester Evening News is reporting this afternoon that the game was mysteriously cancelled.
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The MEN reports: “United were due to take on their Championship opponents at the club’s Carrington training complex as they prepare for the return of the Premier League next week.
“However, the match was cancelled shortly before kick-off after the Stoke players had begun arriving in individual cars for the encounter from 10am.
“No reason has yet been given for the cancellation of the fixture at such short notice.”
Stoke are due to re-ignite their Championship campaign at Reading on Saturday week and manager Michael O’Neill is understandably keen for some game-time action beforehand.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be overseeing United’s return to action at home to Tottenham on Friday week.