Michael Carrick is predicting a pre-season friendly with some “added spice” when Manchester United and Manchester City meet in China later this month.
The local rivals will play each other in the International Champions Cup at Beijing National Stadium on July 25th as part of Tour 2016. Jose Mourinho’s men will also play Borussia Dortmund in China in Shanghai three days before the derby clash.
Carrick, who recently committed his future to the Reds for another season, is relishing the clash with City and says United’s opposition in Beijing will bring an extra edge to the preparation match.
In an exclusive interview with ManUtd.com, Carrick said: “I am sure there will be a little bit of added spice for a pre-season friendly and it will be great for fans out there to witness.”
“The support we get out there is incredible so the atmosphere will go up a notch I am sure.”
“Pre-season is always an important time for the team and for the players, making sure that you get to that level you need to be at for the start of the season.”
Whilst the derby meeting in Beijing will draw much of the focus from the fans, Carrick recognises the Reds will also face a strong test in the opening tour match against Borussia Dortmund.
“They are a terrific team who did well in last season’s Bundesliga, and I am sure it will be a good game for us. Playing against them will allow us, to a certain extent, judge where we are at.”
“It is difficult to predict exactly what the games will be like because a lot will depend on which players are on display. But we know the games will be tough as we are talking about two great teams here. I am sure they will be great games to watch.”