He added: “It’s your [the media’s] business [to analyse] how we play. You are the perfect guys to describe how I am, how we are like a team and how they are like a team.
“I saw United’s game against Borussia Dortmund [in Shanghai on Friday] and that’s all. It’s too early to know how United will be.
“But I’m pretty sure they will be stronger than the last years. With this manager and the good players they already have, I’m sure they are going to buy new payers, and they will be a strong team.”
City and United were both forced to switch their training sessions from the stadium to the nearby Olympic centre to avoid any further damage to the playing surface. City even sent out their groundsman 10 days ago to help prepare the best possible surface for the players.