Gardner warns Man United about dodgy grass

Sunderland's Craig Gardner has branded the pitch Manchester United must play on in Hong Kong tonight as "absolutely horrendous".

Gardner was part of the Blacks Cats side that lost the Barclays Asia Trophy to Manchester City on Saturday evening, when the teams battled on a soaked surface.

The pitch was absolutely horrendous.

It wasn't bad enough for the game to be cancelled but it was soft. It was dead. You couldn't pass the ball forward because it wasn't rolling properly and you were scared in case you passed it inside in case it stopped rolling.

You had no choice but to hit it long.

– Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner