Manchester United aren't considering China return anytime soon

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The Manchester United squad have finally returned to England, bringing an end to a horrendous experience 5,000 miles away from their habitual surroundings.

Jose Mourinho made his feelings towards the tour of China perfectly clear, saying he was looking forward to the time he could take his players home.

He would have been happy to see the friendly game against Manchester City cancelled at the last moment after groundsmen deemed the waterlogged pitch dangerous and unplayable on Monday morning after days of heavy rain.

Indeed, no one can be blamed for the weather, which has been so extreme that large parts of Beijing have flooded, killing dozens and causing millions of pounds worth of damage.

Despite the uncontrollable situation, the 50,000 fans who purchased tickets for the game at the Bird's Nest Stadium took their anger out on the clubs they usually have to follow from the other side of the world.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward attempted to appease fans by saying that Manchester United would be returning to the Orient "in the near future" but it appears that was simply a white lie to secure his safe passage out of the country.

Next destination

Indeed, if The Times is to be believed, the Red Devils won't be going to the Far East anytime soon.

A shortlist of potential destinations for their next two pre-season tours have already been drawn up and the report claims that China does not feature on either of them.

The United States and South Africa top the list of potential destinations for next summer meaning no moves will be taken to appease their irked Chinese fanbase.

Louis van Gaal's mistake

What seems certain is that Manchester United will not return while Mourinho is in charge. The Special One will have the final say on any destination and it seems perverse to suggest he would take his squad back to a country that seemed intent on hampering his meticulous preparations.

The mistake ultimately lies with Van Gaal, who was the man to sign off on the tour before he was sacked. Despite his fate seemingly already sealed, Woodward gave the Dutchman the final decision on the pre-season tour in March.

Commercial opportunity

The chance to sweep up the huge interest in football appeared to be an opportunity too great for a club already considered the juggernaut of commercialisation in the game. However, they leave China with nothing but a damaged reputation after a 4-1 drubbing against Borussia Dortmund and a no-show against City.

What is clear, however, is that Mourinho does not appear to care.

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