Mour­inho fails to match up, Guardi­ola takes Man City streets ahead

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Manch­ester United turned to Jose Mour­inho as the an­ti­dote to its “noisy neigh­bors” Manch­ester City fi­nally achiev­ing its long-held goal of hir­ing Pep Guardi­ola as man­ager in 2016.

Re­united in Eng­land’s north­west af­ter two con­fronta­tional years on ei­ther side of the Barcelona-real Madrid ri­valry, where Mour­inho ended Guardi­ola’s three sea­sons of La Liga dom­i­nance, United clearly hoped the feisty Por­tuguese could again get un­der the Cata­lan’s skin, AFP re­ported.

But now in their third sea­sons in charge, Guardi­ola and Mour­inho’s reigns have in­stead seen a chasm open up with the blue half of Manch­ester now the dom­i­nant side of the city

Win the Manch­ester derby to­day and City will al­ready be 12 points clear of United just 12 games into the new sea­son, a gap that has grad­u­ally widened in each of the past three years.

The sea­son be­fore their ar­rival, only Cit­i­zens’ su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence saw them pip United to fourth place in the Pre­mier League and Cham­pi­ons

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