The pre-season tournament will also feature Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur, but United and Real have the toughest schedule, with Los Blancos taking part in the first Clasico to be played in the United States on July 29 in Miami, per ESPN FC.
United will kick off their tournament against City on July 20. Their next fixture will be against Los Blancos on July 23 before their final match, against Barcelona, on July 26.
Here's a look at the full fixture list:
|ICC Schedule (USA)|
|July 19||TBD||Paris Saint-Germain v AS Roma|
|July 20||TBD||Manchester United v Manchester City|
|July 22||East Rutherford, N.J.||Barcelona v Juventus|
|July 22||Orlando, Fla.||Tottenham Hotspur v Paris Saint-Germain|
|July 23||Santa Clara, Calif.||Manchester United v Real Madrid|
|July 25||Harrison, N.J.||Tottenham Hotspur v AS Roma|
|July 26||Landover, Md.||Manchester United v Barcelona|
|July 26||Miami, Fla.||Paris Saint-Germain v Juventus|
|July 26||Los Angeles, Calif.||Real Madrid v Manchester City|
|July 29||Nashville, Tenn.||Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur|
|July 29||Miami, Fla.||Real Madrid v Barcelona|
|July 30||Foxborough, Mass.||Juventus v AS Roma|
The ICC was born in 2013 as a series of pre-season tournaments played all over the world, designed to give overseas fans the chance to watch Europe's top teams in action.
Many of these sides already planned pre-season tours through the United States, Australia and Asia, and the ICC made it a lot easier to schedule matches against other top clubs. The format has quickly gained popularity, and tournaments will also take place in China and Singapore this year.
While there are trophies at stake―Real have won three ICC tournaments so far―the matches remain typical friendlies and usually don't feature a lot of major stars. Sports writer Adam Hurrey isn't too excited:
Adam Hurrey @FootballCliches
God, I can't wait to overreact to the pre-season performances and meaningless results of the International Champions Cup! https://t.co/qKOf1IoanG2017-3-21 21:52:36
Legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson disagrees, however, via SiriusXM FC:
SiriusXM FC @SiriusXMFC
Preseason used to be easy. Now, you have to win. You don't want to play AC Milan/Juventus/Real Madrid & lose. - Sir Alex on @IntChampionsCup2017-3-21 13:31:30
For American fans, the chance to witness a Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona without having to travel to Spain is a unique opportunity. The same holds true for those who can't wait for the latest edition of the Manchester derby.
And in a year where there are no international obligations during the summer for the top players in Europe and South America, the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may see more minutes in pre-season than they did in 2016.