Manchester United's preseason friendly against their local rivals Manchester City has been cancelled after both clubs expressed concerns about the state of the pitch. Problems with the playing surface were compounded by recent heavy rain in Beijing, and so the International Champions Cup will just have to make do without the fixture.
This brings to an end United's moderately farcical tour of China: as well as playing one game, a 4-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund, United have had to cope with one of the tour planes getting lost for a couple of hours, and then a press conference being moved outside after the assigned room became uncomfortably toasty. Rumours that the square wheels have fallen of Ed Woodward's hire car are thus far unconfirmed.
A shame for the fans in China, though Jose Mourinho will presumably be delighted that his players have avoided injury. However, with only a friendly against Galatasaray plus Wayne Rooney's testimonial against Everton to come before the Community Shield, this does leave United's preseason schedule looking a little light. United's first Premier League game comes on Sunday 14 August; might it be possible to squeeze another friendly, possibly behind closed doors, into the week before?
On the plus side, no Mourinho-Guardiola handshake, and no intense scrutiny of said handshake. A blessing.