Pres­sure on Pep, Mou to de­liver

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

A year ago, the buzz around the Premier League was fo­cused on the ar­rival in Manch­ester of Pep Guardi­ola and Jose Mour­inho as man­agers of City and United.

The buzz may have gone but the big­gest ques­tion be­fore the com­ing sea­son re­mains whether two of the high­est-pro­file man­agers in the world can de­liver on all the hype sur­round­ing them.

The fo­cus may have been on Manch­ester last sea­son, but the ti­tle went to the cap­i­tal and the run-in was a bat­tle be­tween two Lon­don clubs. Third-place City fin­ished 15 points be­hind cham­pi­ons Chelsea, with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in sec­ond place.

Both Guardi­ola and Mour­inho could ar­gue that their first sea­sons were tran­si­tional cam­paigns. New faces had to set­tle in and the le­gacy play­ers had to get used to the meth­ods of their high-pro­file bosses.

But af­ter a close-sea­son in which both man­agers have in­vested heav­ily in new play­ers, United are now Mour­inho’s team and City have been cre­ated by Guardi­ola. No ex­cuses will be ac­cepted by suc­cesshun­gry fans - sil­ver­ware is now ex­pected.

United, with­out a league ti­tle since 2013, cer­tainly ap­pear to have filled im­por­tant gaps in their squad.

Pep Guardi­ola

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