By Andy Jones
- Both managers fell short of expectations last season
- The pair look set to go head-to-head for the Premier League title this season
When Jose Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager, the press went into fever pitch. Predicting a renewal of his rivalry from his time in Spain with Pep Guardiola. Now managing the blue side of the City.
During the pairs first season in the Premier League. The press were left frustrated as the intense rivalry from La Liga failed to materialise.
This was partly due to both clubs failure to mount a realistic title campaign. Leaving Chelsea with a free run to the title.
You could argue that Jose came out on top, winning 2 trophies in his first season at United.
City fans would counter that, pointing out that they finished above United. But if you check back through the history of the premier League, there are no trophies awarded for a top four finish.
Despite the best arguments from Arsene Wenger.
Head-To-Head For The Premier League Title
This season, the early signs are that the league will be decided between the two Manchester clubs, who have made a strong start to the season.
It could be argued that United haven’t really played any team of note. And dropped points at the first real test away to Stoke City.
Equally, the game between City and Liverpool was finely poised until the sending off of Mane. After which City ran riot.
The positive signs for United are that they are finishing games strongly. Scoring goals in the type of games which last year proved to be the stumbling block. Especially at home.
The defence looks solid, and the goals are being shared between the team. Which can no longer rely on the goal scoring feats of Zlatan, at least until the New Year.
With United and City looking strong, the rivalry between both managers could be re ignited. Jose is no stranger to mind games and the art of a pre match press conference.
Its unlikely we’ll see a repeat of the scenes in 2011 however, when they were managing Real and Barcelona respectively.
During an 18 day period, the two crossed swords four times in eighteen days. Leading to a war of words off the pitch, and similar battles on it.
Since then the two have followed different paths, with Pep having success with Bayern, albeit in a one team league, and Jose having mixed fortunes with a second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Its all bubbling nicely leading up to the first Manchester Derby of the season on December 9th.