It may only be a pre-season friendly, but Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho feels that every when his side play Manchester City on 20 July in an International Champions Cup game, it will be an "amazing spectacle".
"I think for the fans it will be amazing because they have two of the big clubs and it’s a derby,” the self-styled Special One was quoted as saying by the club website.
The last time the Manchester clubs were scheduled to play in a pre-season friendly was in 2016, but the tie in China was called off due to the poor state of the pitch. And the Portuguese tactician felt that this time the conditions are great and the fans won’t be disappointed.
“Last summer we couldn’t play this game in China but now we will play it in great conditions, the organisation will be at the top level and I think it’s a great opportunity for us and for City to show ourselves in America and to prepare ourselves for the new Premier League season,” Mourinho said, adding, "I like it [the rivalry]".
"And I like it because I think it’s a good rivalry. We played each other three times in the last season – two matches in the Premier League and once in the League Cup – and they were good games, competitive matches with close results – 2-1, 1-0, 0-0,” he said.