Manchester United have announced that their highly-publicized pre-season friendly against city rivals Manchester City has been canceled due to poor weather conditions.
Both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho had expressed reservations over the conditions in China, with both of them stating they hoped their players avoid injuries durinf their respective press conferences before the game was called off.
“I think Beijing is unlucky because the pitch is very bad. The pitch and the conditions of my players are more important than results in pre-season. It’s not a problem for me to lose matches in pre-season.,” Mourinho was quoted by the Daily Mail before the game was cancelled.
“It’s a problem for me, bad conditions for my players to train and bad conditions for my players to play. So if you ask me my objective for the match tomorrow I only have one: take the players home safe without any kind of injury.
‘”It’s not the conditions to play a good game of football, but we have to play. We cannot just run away and disappear and not play. So we have to play and try to be lucky.
“Normally when you say lucky you say lucky because you want a good result. The result I want tomorrow is to go home without injuries and that is the luck I want.’
Manchester United confirmed the development via their twitter handle: “Due to recent weather events, tournament organisers & participating clubs have decided to cancel tonight’s International Champions Cup game.”