New managers of
Manchester United and
Manchester City will face an
early confrontation when the
teams meet in a friendly in
Beijing on July 25.
Jose Mourinho, officially
confirmed as United boss
yesterday, and old adversary
Pep Guardiola, who is replacing
Manuel Pellegrini at City, will
renew hostilities in the preseason
International Champions
There was little love lost
between the pair when
Mourinho was in charge at
Real Madrid and Guardiola led
The rivalry is likely to be just
as fierce when United attempt
to make up ground on their
neighbours, who have finished
above them in the Premier
League for the past three seasons.
This term City were only ahead
on goal difference but pipping
United to fourth position meant
they took the final Champions
League qualifying place.
United won the FA Cup last
weekend but the final proved
to be manager Louis van Gaal’s
swansong, his dismissal coming
two days later.
The first game of their preseason
tour to China is against
Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai
on July 22.
United, as FA Cup holders,
take on Premier League
champions Leicester City in the
annual Community Shield game
at Wembley on August 7.
Before that Mourinho will
have an early date in the Old
Trafford dugout when he takes
charge of an England XI in a
charity game for Soccer Aid
against a Rest of the World XI on
June 5.
Leicester manager Claudio
Ranieri will be in opposition that
day as manager of the World
XI that is due to include former
Brazilian greats Ronaldinho and
Meanwhlie, next season’s
Premier League fixtures are
being announced on June 15.

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