The most eagerly awaited friendly of the summer is in serious doubt with heavy downpours expected in Beijing.
The friendly between the two Manchester clubs is the first meeting between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in their new roles, as they give us an early taste of what we can expect next season in the Premier League.
According to The Manchester Evening News the game, which is due to take place at the 91,000-capacity Bird’s Nest Stadium, is now in doubt after a week of heavy rain in Beijing. Such are the playing conditions, they may force a cancellation as to not put the players or those attending the much anticipated match at risk.
The conditions are expected to worsen with thunderstorms expected over the weekend and on the day of the game, meaning a cancellation is a real possibility.
International Champions Cup spokesman Ben Xiaozheng said: “It’s a concern. The weather has been really bad. But we’re hopeful the game will go ahead.”
Both teams will want the game to go ahead, not only to avoid disappointing their Chinese fans, but to get some much needed game time on the pitch.
Manchester City have already lost their opening pre season game against Guardiola’s former side Bayern Munich on Wednesday, while Manchester United entertain Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena