The clash between Manchester rivals, City and United, will be the biggest game in the International Champions Cup so far.
Houston, Texas will be the place where one of the most fierce rivalries in the world is going to add another chapter to its book. The interesting thing about this match is the fact that this is the first game between these two clubs away from the British Island.
The games in the International Champions Cup which take place in America are starting early in the morning Central European Time. But we are sure that many of you who are reading this will find a solution in order to watch this contest.
Manchester City overview
Like in the previous years the frequency of arrivals and departures at Etihad Stadium is very high. Many players left, among them Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Pablo Zabaleta. Meanwhile, the Citizens broke the record regarding the highest paid defender in England. Kyle Walker arrived from Tottenham Hotspurs for 51 million euros. Also, creative winger Bernardo Silva landed from Monaco and teenage Brazilian sensation Douglas Luiz arrived from Vasco da Gama. It is still unclear what is the situation with Sergio Aguero. We are sure that transfer window isn’t close for the Sky Blues and that many changes are yet to be made. Regarding the playing aspect, this will be their first match of the pre-season.
Manchester United overview
Jose Mourinho already played two games in America. The first one against LA Galaxy 5-2, and the second one against Real Salt Lake 2-1. As we can see, the Red Devils were very efficient. The club from Old Trafford is closing out the transfer window, and the only unknown thing is whether will Alvaro Morata come to Manchester. The biggest addition is Romelu Lukaku who joined from Everton for 85 million euros plus Wayne Rooney. One other outstanding acquisition which didn’t receive as much media attention as the Belgian striker is Victor Lindelof who came from Benfica. The talented centre-back will be the pivotal part of United’s defense.
Head to head matches
So far in history, 174 games between these two sides had been played. United won 72 times, Citizens 50, and 52 matches ended without a winner.
4 of the last 5 encounters ended with less than 2.5 goals.
According to statistical data, an event in Houston will be the first friendly match between City and United. That tells you a lot about the rivalry.
On the other hand, this will present the 20th clash between Mourinho and Guardiola. The Spaniard is better, with 9 victories. Mourinho has 4 and in 6 games the honors were even.
When Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho meet, there is no friendly match. Regardless what everyone says that it will be the game where the managers are going to see the current strength of the team and experiment with tactics, we disagree profoundly with this claim.
The final outcome is a tricky question so we would advise you to play on goals.
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is our first choice. Also, over 3.5 is an excellent one.