English Premiership

Red Devils flight forced down

2016-07-24 14:54
Memphis Depay (AFP)

Cape Town - An aeroplane carrying part of the Manchester United squad to Beijing was forced to make an emergency landing due to inclement weather on Saturday night.

The Red Devils are in China to take part in the International Challenge Cup and they suffered a 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in their first match on Friday in Shanghai.

Jose Mourinho's side will face neighbours Manchester City on Monday, although heavy rains and flooding in the Chinese capital have threatened to prevent the pre-season derby from going ahead.

United winger Memphis Depay revealed on Twitter that bad weather forced their flight down and he posted a video of himself, an air stewardess and the captain talking about the situation.

"We're lost somewhere. We had to make a quick landing. We tried to fly Beijing but the weather is a little bit bad so we had to land somewhere else," Depay said.

"Now we're waiting until the weather gets a little bit easier so we can land. I hope we can leave soon so we can prepare ourselves for the game against Manchester City."

Mourinho said that the flight finally arrived at its intended destination in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"We were supposed to fly with two different planes, with half of us in one plane and half in the other," the United manager told a press conference on Sunday.

"The ones in the first plane was lucky because we landed safely and were in the hotel to have dinner. The second group was unlucky. The plane was not good.

"They had to make an unscheduled landing for a couple of hours, and then they arrived in the hotel to have dinner at one o'clock in the morning. But they had it with a smile on their faces which is good."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.