The tie against Preston was City’s first pre-season encounter, after their proposed trip to French club Troyes was cancelled due to COVID complications.
As a number of City regulars were involved in major international tournaments, they were given an extended break to recover.
With less than two weeks before the Community Shield against Leicester, and less than three weeks before the start of the Premier League season against Tottenham, those returning must hit the ground running.
Guardiola’s concerns will be music to the ears of Man Utd, who are preparing to mount a serious title charge after announcing deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
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