The outcome Jose Mourinho is seeking above all others in Monday's historic match against Manchester City is a clean bill of health for his United squad.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that he will shake old adversary Jose Mourinho's hand, when his side take on Manchester United on Monday.
"I don't understand the question to him or to me". "The message from the owners and Mr Woodward was: get your three years, do your work, improve the team and bring us back where we belong during a three-year period".
"Of course. We are polite guys. I hope our players and City's players can go home without injury". "The most important thing is that the players are not going to be injured but we also know that it's so important to come here to know the people and to play a good two games against incredible teams like United and (Borussia) Dortmund".
"A good result means going home without any injuries".
The Manchester Evening News reports that senior figures at the club are "bemused" that United did not do the same to save the high-profile fixture.
An International Champions Cup spokesperson said the surface would be "fine", but Guardiola's concerns were as clear as they were understandable.
"Normally when we say "lucky, ' we say 'lucky" because we want a good result".
The two had a frosty relationship when they were rivals at Barcelona and Real Madrid and now their rivalry is set be re-ignited.
"I am pretty sure they will be stronger than a year ago, he said".
And while the opening skirmish in their battle for local and national supremacy will count only towards the pre-season International Champions Cup, you can be sure the Spaniard and his Portuguese counterpart will each be keen to strike the first psychological blow.
Pep Guardiola is back in Beijing.
"Manchester City have all of their players, we have six, seven or eight, which played in the Euros". He needs to play one week, then another, training regularly, every day.
United, like City, trained at the Olympic Sports Centre to preserve the nearby Bird's Nest pitch, but the increased numbers of accredited media saw him forced outside as the tiny, sweltering press conference room was deemed unsuitable. "But this morning they had a good smile on their faces". We are Manchester United and we want to fight for everything.