The Old Trafford Clash: What to Lookout for in Manchester Derby

Manchester Derby is just around the corner and we all know how excited fans are for this clash of titans. To make it more exciting, the old rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will continue albeit wearing different jerseys. This Saturday’s meeting will be the first big clash of the season and you simply cannot miss it. With both teams enjoying a perfect start to the season, a loss can shake the confidence of any of the two teams. Jose Mourinho already suffered a catastrophe last season with his very own club, Chelsea, and his archrival, Pep Guardiola, in the opponent’s camp. He is no position to allow the first offense. Anyhow, only time will tell who will emerge on top after Saturday but there are few things to lookout for:

Park the Bus

During his time at Chelsea, Jose introduced a new strategy in football people now remember as “parking the bus”, for which he received immense criticism from experts as well as fans. Mourinho, on the other hand, is aware that the defensive duo of Man City, John Stones and Otamendi, has yet to get along. He is expected to park the bus this Saturday as well and will most probably encourage his veteran strikers to breach City’s defense.

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Guardiola’s Style

Guardiola only wants his player to keep possession of the ball. His strategy delivered perfect results at Barcelona and Bayern, but English game is slightly different and speedy. Still, he will not mind losing a game in search of forming the right combination. The guy is smart and knows how to deal with experts and press. He will stick with his own common sense.

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Point to Prove for Zlatan

The stingy Zlatan is on a roll with three goals in three outings; however, he is known to underperform in big games. Well, he cannot afford to do so here, especially when he has a point to prove to his former manager who doubted his abilities.

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Mourinho’s Biggest Test

After three match weeks, Man United and Mourinho are on a roll but the derby clash will be their biggest test yet. They can’t afford to lose three points in a home game, as it may disrupt the confidence in United’s camp.



Expect the Unexpected

Pep destroyed Madrid in his first El-Classico as Barcelona’s manager and everyone was stunned. So, you can always expect the unexpected from the Spaniard as he can deliver a surprise.




Heart says 2-0 in United’s favor but seeing the noisy neighbors employing their tactics rightly, mind favors the blue side of Manchester. So, it will be City leading the clash with 3-1?

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