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  • Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola set for first face-off in Beijing

    first_imgJose Mourinho, officially confirmed as Manchester United boss onFriday, and old adversary Pep Guardiola, who is replacing Manuel Pellegrini at ManchesterCity, will renew hostilities in the pre-season International Champions Cup tobe held in Beijing on July 25.There was little love lost between the pair when Mourinho was incharge at Real Madrid and Guardiola led Barcelona.The rivalry is likely to be just as fierce when United attemptto make up ground on their neighbours, who have finished above them in thePremier League for the past three seasons.This term City were only ahead on goal difference but pippingUnited to fourth position meant they took the final Champions League qualifyingplace.United won the FA Cup last weekend but the final proved to bemanager Louis van Gaal’s swansong, his dismissal coming two days later.PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE The first game of their pre-season tour to China is againstBorussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22.United, as FA Cup holders, take on Premier League championsLeicester City in the annual Community Shield game at Wembley on August 7.Before that Mourinho will have an early date in the Old Trafforddugout when he takes charge of an England XI in a charity game for Soccer Aidagainst a Rest of the World XI on June 5.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will be in opposition that dayas manager of the World XI that is due to include former Brazilian greatsRonaldinho and Cafu.Next season’s Premier League fixtures are being announced onJune 15.advertisementlast_img read more