Tuesday 27 September 2016

Historic Manchester derby in doubt with storms expected in Beijing

Tom Rooney

Published 21/07/2016 | 15:50

Jose Mourinho, pictured right, and Pep Guardiola, left, will face off in the Premier League next season
Jose Mourinho, pictured right, and Pep Guardiola, left, will face off in the Premier League next season

The first Manchester derby to ever be contested outside of England, that would also mark a resumption to the long standing rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, has been cast into serious doubt due to unruly weather conditions in China

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The Manchester clubs are set to clash in the International Champions Cup on Monday in Beijing at the towering Bird’s Nest Arena, however, the fixture could yet be cancelled as the city might  be beset by storms.

 There has been torrential rainfall in Beijing throughout the week, prompting tournament spokesperson Ben Xiaozheng to address the situation.

"It's a concern. The weather has been really bad. But we're hopeful the game will go ahead," he said.

United meet Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai tomorrow for what will be Jose Mourinho’s second game at the helm following last weekend’s 2-0 win over Wigan.

Man City were defeated 1-0 by Guardiola’s former club Bayern Munich last night and, should they play United on Monday, are scheduled to then face Dortmund the subsequent  Friday.

Of course, while Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona, and Mourinho guiding Real Madrid, the duo were among the most visceral enemies ever in football management.

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