Mourinho emulates Guardiola with 4-0 humiliation vs old club
When Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meet in their second Manchester derby tomorrow they’ll now have something in common. Both have prepared with humiliating 4-0 losses on their return to former clubs.
After Guardiola’s Champions League embarrassment at Barcelona with Manchester City on Wednesday, Mourinho saw his Manchester United side brutally taken apart by Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.
Still reeling from his Camp Nou calamity, Guardiola couldn’t even take any joy at his rival’s domestic downfall. Before United’s collapse at Stamford Bridge, City experienced another of its Premier League setbacks with a 1-1 home draw to Southampton.
And whatever divides the managerial titans, they now also have something else in common. Both have collected only two points out of a possible nine in the Premier League. And one of their trophy quests will end on Wednesday when City and United meet in the League Cup.
The Premier League is the priority though, and City is top of the standings on goal difference despite its setback while United is six points back in seventh.
Any hope Mourinho had of Sunday’s game being a contest ended after 30 seconds.
A speculative long ball from Marcus Alonso drifted past hesitating defenders Daley Blind and Chris Smalling and landed at Pedro Rodriguez’s feet. United goalkeeper David de Gea was already committed far from his goal-line at the edge of the penalty area and Pedro nipped around him and put the ball in the net.
Did United’s defenders learn from their early indecisiveness? Not at all.