Manchester United’s pivotal Champions League showdown with Galatasaray underwent a pitch check due to extensive rainfall in Istanbul, putting the match at risk of delay.
Uefa officials inspected the field at RAMS Park following intense downpours on Wednesday. They’ll keep a vigilant eye on the evening’s weather forecast for potential additional rain.
Earlier in the day, the Uefa Youth League match between Galatasaray and United occurred amidst the heavy rain, resulting in a waterlogged pitch and the ball struggling to move smoothly across the surface.
A window remains for the conditions to facilitate before this evening’s Champions League showdown. Yet, the looming possibility of more rain also leads to a saturated pitch.
Uefa maintains a firm stance that the game will proceed as planned, with preparations underway without disruption. However, the prevailing conditions might influence a crucial night in United’s season.
In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, Uefa stated, “We’re closely monitoring the weather forecast, and as of now, the match is set to proceed as scheduled.”
A defeat for United against Galatasaray in Turkey would mean an exit from the Champions League, given Galatasaray’s prior 3-2 victory at Old Trafford this season. Despite this, Erik ten Hag’s team enters the match with an upturn in performance.
United has clinched victories in their last three Premier League games, with their final loss dating back to a 4-3 defeat against Copenhagen, which followed Marcus Rashford’s red card.
United’s final match in the Champions League group stage is against Bayern Munich on matchday six. Bayern currently leads Group A with a flawless record of four wins out of four.