Man Utd vs Man City: Will the real Jose Mourinho stand up?

Ross Houston
October 26, 2016

"Willy played in Swansea so I think it will be Willy against Manchester United", Guardiola said.

Sunday saw a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to a comprehensive end as Mourinho and numerous United coaching staff endured a nightmare afternoon at their old stomping ground.

Having held out for 90 minutes at Anfield on Monday last week, United conceded the quickest goal in the Premier League this season to Pedro after 30 seconds and were then ripped apart as Gary Cahill (21), Eden Hazard (62) and N'Golo Kante (70) completed the rout.

"The only thing I can say is that I am Manchester United 100 per cent", Mourinho said.

City boss Pep Guardiola told a news conference: "Kevin has a knock and he can not play".


They will have minimal time to regroup and prepare for their next game too, as they take on Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night. City manager, Pep Guardiola, will also be hoping to banish his demons by taking advantage of United's recent result, and get the win that he needs to set about a change in his team's fortunes.

"The message to the fans is just to get behind us, because we are feeling them in every game and we want them to be our 12th player".

"If we score a goal like we nearly did for 2-1 the game would be different", added Mourinho, whose day was made worse by a serious knee ligament injury to defender Eric Bailly.

"He has always produced if you play him in the top end of the pitch, but because people have used him in different areas I think he has suffered from that a little bit".

In the last three games that United have played in the Premier League, they have managed just two points, and some serious questions are being asked now as this is their lowest points tally since 2014-15.


He said: "When we speak about performance we speak more about the globality and the globality, if we could delete the defensive mistakes, the globality was good but defensive mistakes are very important. They are six points behind but six points is two games and we have seen what is the Premier League".

The teams drew 1-1 in a high-octane Premier League clash at White Hart Lane in late August.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic insists he has no problem with Antonio Conte's touchline antics.

In a back-page exclusive for The Sun, Neil Custis reveals that the United manager "has informed Rooney's advisers" that the club captain is no longer guaranteed a starting place.

"Some of them will play, first because they deserve it and second because we played tough, tough games", he told a news conference. I think these are the most important things: "three points, good, because now we are again in a good position in the table".


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