Woodward – United staff upset by cancellation

Ed Woodward has assured Chinese fans that United will return to Beijing, despite the cancellation of Monday’s Manchester derby.

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Heavy rain in the capital over the past fortnight rendered the pitch unplayable and left organisers with no option but to call off the hotly-anticipated reunion between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the International Champions Cup group fixture.

The match – a first overseas derby between the Manchester giants – would have given United fans another chance to see how their team are shaping up ahead of the new Premier League season.

Mourinho’s men suffered a 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai while City are yet to make their first appearance at the summer tournament. Their game against Dortmund is scheduled for Thursday, July 28.

Both clubs apologised for the inconvenience and disappointment created by the decision, with some fans having travelled to China especially for the match.

United executive vice chairman Woodward said: “It’s extremely disappointing not to be able to play the game in this amazing stadium but the recent torrential rain would have caused problems anywhere in the world and has left the pitch unplayable.

“We know our fans in China will, like the players and staff, be saddened by the cancellation of the match but I am sure they appreciate that the player safety has to be the top priority.

“I am sure we will return to the Bird’s Nest in the future to give them the chance to see the team in action.”

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