Manchester United’s pre-season friendly against Manchester City at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing has been cancelled in a joint decision by International Champions Cup organisers and both clubs.
The hotly-anticipated reunion between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will now be delayed until the Premier League season proper after heavy overnight rain in Beijing left the pitch unplayable.
United boss Mourinho and new City manager Guardiola, who were fierce rivals while coaching Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, were due to face off for the first time in almost three years when the Manchester clubs met in a friendly fixture at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium.
But heavy rain in the Chinese capital has rendered the pitch unplayable, with United revealing on Twitter that “tournament organisers and participating clubs have decided to cancel” the encounter.
Due to recent weather events, tournament organisers & participating clubs have decided to cancel tonight’s International Champions Cup game.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 25, 2016
The cancellation is a good result for Mourinho, who had hinted he wanted the game called off anyway, when he said his priority from the match was to ensure the he picked up no injuries.