Mourinho is reeling from United’s 4-0 humiliation by Chelsea, while Guardiola has gone five games without victory
Mourinho and Guardiola(Telegraph)
Manchester United and Manchester City resume hostilities in the League Cup later on Wednesday with rival managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola starting to feel the heat.
Mourinho is reeling from United’s 4-0 humiliation by his former club Chelsea, while City manager Guardiola has gone five games without victory for only the second time in his stellar coaching career.
Both managers are expected to rotate their squads for the fourth-round meeting beneath the Old Trafford floodlights, but Guardiola says neither side can afford to take the game lightly.
“I think everyone can believe this competition is not the big one, but I am going to prepare to win the game,” he said.
“For the players who play, we’ll be depending on them to make the best performance possible. It is a final.
“I don’t understand my job if I play a game thinking another game is more important. This is the most important.
“But at the same time, I have to consider how the condition of the players is. Three days after it is West Brom, then Barcelona, and they are so important as well.”
The context was quite different when Guardiola and Mourinho renewed their sulphurous rivalry at Old Trafford on September 10.
Guardiola had won his first five games at the City helm since arriving from Bayern Munich and Mourinho also boasted a 100 percent record after four matches of his United tenure.
City prevailed 2-1, a victory founded upon a dominant first-half display, to confirm their status as early title favourites.
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