The eagerly anticipated head to head encounter is almost upon us as Manchester United play Manchester City. However, the focus this time around will not be aimed at the players but instead, aimed at the managers as they face each other for the first time in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho recently appointed as Manchester United’s new manager, will face off against Pep Guardiola, also recently appointed as Manchester City’s manager. Why is this such a big deal? Well apart form the fact bith managers have been hugely successful in their managerial careers, what adds more spice to this encounter is the fact that Mourinho had proven himself as a manager winning the Champions League with Porto, along with three other domestic titles. The job at Barcelona became available and Mourinho made it quite clear he not only wanted this position, but had already penciled in Pep Guardiola as his number two. However, Mourinho was unsuccessful in his application for the job and instead, Barcelona awarded the job to Pep Guardiola instead, talk about rubbing salt into the wounds!
So now the two super managers will go head to head this weekend in the Premier League, both eager to outdo each other and to walk off the pitch come the final whistle with a bigger smile than their counterpart! Mourinho told the media “I know what the derby means. I’ve played them everywhere, but I always want to be in a position of emotional control. If we want to win we have to be at the top. They have a very good manager. They always have very good players and bought more. They are what they are since I returned to England. They are a title contender and you have to respect them.” Guardiola was equally respectful in his press conference saying “I said it many times – I have a lot of respect for Mourinho. I always try to learn from all of my colleagues – it’s the same with him. He was my coach, my assistant coach with Sir Bobby Robson. OK, the last period at Barcelona and Real Madrid was not easy for both of us but we met each other two, three weeks ago at the managers’ Premier League meeting. Now it’s down to Saturdays game and that winning this fixture is my only focus”!