25 July 2016
Monday night’s derby between Mourinho’s United and Guardiola’s City in Beijing preparatory to the new season in the International Champions Cup has been called off due to poor weather conditions, reports as.com
The pre-season derby between the two English Premier League giants is largely anticipated due in part to the rivalry that exists between the teams’ new handlers.
Jose Mourinho who is now in charge of Manchester United after the sack of Louis Van Gaal has a long history of rivalry with new Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola during his time at Real Madrid while the latter was with Barcelona.
In the build-up to the now-canceled match, Guardiola was asked if he would shake hands with Mourinho and he said he would despite the rivalry since they are both professionals.
The rivalry between the two hugely successful tacticians is deemed by many in the football world as the most heated rivalry in the history of the sport.
But for heavy rainfall in Beijing which has left the pitch at the Bird’s Nest Stadium unplayable, fans will have to wait a while longer to see these two great managers rekindle hostility.
Since the announcement of the decision to cancel the pre-season derby, the two teams have confirmed that the decision was made by “tournament organisers and participating clubs”.
Manchester United tweeted via its twitter handle @ManUtd:
“Due to recent weather events, tournament organisers & participating clubs have decided to cancel tonight’s International Champions Cup game.”
Manchester City on the other hand also tweeted via its twitter handle @ManCity:
“Today’s friendly with Manchester United has been cancelled.”