Pep Guardiola has brushed aside any possibility of not shaking Jose Mourinho's hand when Manchester City play Manchester United in a friendly in Beijing today, with the City manager saying: "We are polite guys".
The meeting between City and United would have been the first Manchester derby to take place outside of England, but with hours remaining before kick off, the relentless rain in the Chinese capital saw the game cancelled.
The Reds were due to play City in the first Manchester derby to be played outside of the United Kingdom on Monday - but the weather conditions in China left the pitch unplayable and led to the match being called off.
"We want to keep calm, play safe, go home and keep the preparation going next week", Mourinho continued.
"We were supposed to fly in two different planes and share half of us in one plane and half of us in a second one", Mourinho said.
With more rain forecast after days of heavy downpours the news this morning that the United team have left China and the game has been cancelled would have not have come as a complete surprise. "I don't see the reason for the question". "We want to play to be champions".
"It's sad to call it off, but I think mainly we want to thank all the fans for their passion, for the way they've received us in Beijing since we've been here".
The following day, Mourinho's pre-match press conference descended into farce as the temperature rose to 40°C in the designated briefing room at the Bird's Nest. "Of course I'll shake his hand", Mourinho said.
City meanwhile will remain in China for their final ICC match against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday [28 July].
Guardiola, whose return to Munich ended in the defeat in Manchester City's pre-season opener against Bayern, now under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, revealed that he watched the Red Devils in action already this summer.
Both clubs and the organizers of the ICC believed the recent extreme weather made it unsafe to play on the uneven surface of the pitch. We have managed teams against each other and we are very professional.