Manchester United vs Manchester City pre-season friendly could be cancelled

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Monday's showdown between Manchester United and Manchester City could be called off because of torrential rain. 

This has been reported by the Mirror's David McDonnell, who is currently in Shanghai covering all things United and City. 

The two sides are scheduled to take on each other in Beijing at 1pm UK time on Monday, but there's now increasing uncertainty surrounding the fixture. 


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Indeed, the report claims that there has been continuous rain and thunderstorms in the capital of China, meaning that weather conditions could see the game abandoned. 

The fixture, unsurprisingly, is set to be a sell-out at the 91.000-capacity Bird's Nest Stadium, so it will now be interesting to see how this saga develops over the coming days. 

Jose vs Pep

As well as being handed the opportunity to see some of the world's best players on show, fans were also keen to see Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola once again go head-to-head on the touchline. 

They may now have to wait, however, with the first Manchester derby of the Premier League season set to take place at Old Trafford on September 10. 

United schedule 

One thing is for sure, Mourinho will be leading his team out to play Borussia Dortmund on Friday. After securing a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Saturday, the Special One will be hoping to see a number of his players once again express themselves. The game will, of course, hand Henrikh Mkhitaryan the opportunity to play against the side that he has just left behind. 

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not take to the field, however, after Mourinho decided against taking him to China. 

And the United boss, speaking ahead of his side's imminent fixture in China, explained why he made the decision. 

"The best suits are the suits by measure," Mourinho explained at a press conference in Shanghai on Thursday, as per the club's official site. "Suits made by measure should be better than going to a shop and just buying a size that may fit you well or not so well. I do the same for players. There are no two players the same.

"My decision on Zlatan is the consequence of many hours of study, analysis and discussion with my staff. Despite the fact he was out of the Euros one match before the English guys, everything is different. The body is different, the mind is different and the timing to have holidays and even things you don't know, and don't have to know, is to prepare in a different way like we do at training level.

"We try to do suits by measure that are perfect for the person and the way I'm building the team is more important for me with the players from other positions than the one I think who is going to play as the striker. I need to change the profile of the team in relation to other dynamics. The striker will be the easy one to finish the puzzle."

City beaten 

City, meanwhile, were in action on Wednesday night but succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the home of Pep Guardiola's old stomping ground. 

Indeed, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich overcame the Citizens, but Guardiola, who played a number of teenagers, would have left Germany feeling fairly content with his team's showing. 

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