Who will be Crowned King of Manchester? : Mourinho or Guardiola?
Many see this Manchester Derby (Man. United vs Man. City) as a potential future world ‘El Clásico’ .With the potential to overtake the current Spanish version that involves Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Three games into the English Premier League season, both teams have maximum points (9points).
These two teams are managed by arguably the two most successful coaches in the world in the past decade. After their el Clásico duels in Spain, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola square up once again on a completely neutral ground.
You dare not miss this encounter tomorrow as it in so many ways will be eventful as both teams have so much to play for.
Without going into technical details, I believe that the philosophies of both coaches are totally, not only opposites, but are set up as complete antidotes to the other.
In Spain, it was a complete whitewash nearing humiliation that was suffered by Mourinho at the hands of Guardiola’s Barcelona and many believed that was the catalyst to the Portuguese Guru’s exit from Spain.
Mourinho has to be on a revenge mission and many feel the Man United job is key to his continued existence at the top of world club football like he is used to.
I believe the Key to this encounter lies on who is best at imposing their philosophy for the longest period of the game.
Mourinho in a short time has improved the quality of Manchester United’s game, the team is more robust defensively and the attacking line is deadly and quite versatile….. So far!
Guardiola is obsessed with possession football and opposition domination, this has been on evidence and Manchester city is looking better coordinated and dominant unlike last season… So far!
This was the status both Coaches held prior to their first encounters as managers in the Spanish league nearly 6 years ago: 2010 in Spain
Madrid under Mourinho were looking great and potential unbeatable and Guardiola’s Barcelona were dominating opponents prior to their first El Clásico.
That eventual first meeting ended up badly for Mourinho as the 5-0 thrashing stands till date as his most humiliating defeat ever, in his own words! Here it is
As regards player acquisitions, they have both spent hugely in the transfer period and both teams have bigger names than prior to now, with Man. City missing two key players in Kun Sergio Agüero (suspension) and Vincent Kompany (injuries) though this should not be used as excuses by City fans.
Whosoever wins this opening encounter will own bragging rights in the city of Manchester for at least 6 months (next encounter) but many might rightfully argue that, at the end we just have to face it that it all boils down to just 3 points at stake to neutrals, though I feel it means a whole lot more to City and United fans!