First Manchester Derby called off


Both Manchester clubs are in China for their preseason preparations, and were set to square off in the Bird’s Nest stadium on Monday night in the first instalment of the much publicised rivalry between not only the two neighbours, but their new coaches Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

However, torrential rain has forced organisers to call the game off.

“Due to recent weather events, tournament organisers & participating clubs have decided to cancel tonight's International Champions Cup game,” read a statement released by Manchester United.

Reports reveal that the replacement turf on the field has been washed away, as both sides had to train on alternative pitches in the build-up.

Mourinho had voiced his concerns over the dangerous playing surface even before the announcement of the cancellation was made.

“The conditions for the training session are not the best,” he said.

"But for training we can control the situation by doing very little and by not bringing the players into risky situations.

“But in a match it’s more difficult so, again, I hope our players and City's players go home without any kind of injury to start the competitive period well.”

The two Manchester clubs will have to wait for their first Premier League meeting to boast derby bragging rights, with the first encounter taking place at old Trafford on 10 September.