Football Soccer - Manchester United training - International Champions Cup China - Olympic Sports Centre, Beijing, China - 24/7/16 - Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho watches his players during training. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Manchester United's showpiece pre-season derby against Manchester City was cancelled just hours before kick-off Monday after recent "extreme" rain made the Beijing pitch unsafe.Organizers of the International Challenge Cup tournament, which also features Borussia Dortmund, confirmed the match had been called off on grounds of player safety.Both managers, Jose Mourinho of United and Pep Guardiola of City, had told reporters Sunday they were worried about the state of the pitch at the 2008 Olympic venue following flooding in and around the Chinese capital.The players eventually made it to the team hotel in Beijing at 1:00 am.United will now leave Beijing to return to Manchester late Monday night as originally planned, while City will fly to the southern city of Shenzhen Tuesday for Thursday's game against Borussia Dortmund.
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