Mour­inho em­u­lates Guardi­ola with 4-0 hu­mil­i­a­tion vs old club

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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