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Manchester derby could take place in China this summer

SoccerBy Colm Hayes
Morgan Schneiderlin and Fernando tussle for the ball during Sunday's derby
Morgan Schneiderlin and Fernando tussle for the ball during Sunday's derby

Manchester United and Manchester City could be set for a pre-season face-off in China.

The first Manchester derby to take place outside of the United Kingdom could happen in Beijing this summer, according to the Daily Star.

United announced their two-game tour of China this afternoon:

The Red Devils boast over 107million fans in China, where they last played friendly matches under the management of David Moyes in 2013.

Despite overseeing a 1-0 away victory over their city rivals in Sunday's Premier league derby, it is still uncertain whether Louis van Gaal will be in charge of the team this summer.

Reports have claimed that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement with the club.

City, meanwhile, have previously announced their intention to make China part of their pre-season tour.

Their preparation will be led by new manager Pep Guardiola, who is leaving his post at Bayern Munich to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad for the 2016-17 season.

The Citizens announced in December that a Chinese consortium purchased a 13% stake in the club for £265million.

If the fixture does go ahead in the Far East, it is likely to be scheduled for a date in July.