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#1 by dasg234 , Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:07 am

It only seems like the number of subplots equal the number of all-time meetings as the 172nd edition of the Manchester derby is set for Saturday at Old Trafford when United and City put their unblemished records on the line.The teams have spent lavishly, both on players and managers. And the touchline will be watched as closely as the action on the pitch as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola renew acquaintances, and potentially hostilities as a citys bragging rights are at stake as well as a spot at the top of the Premier League standings.The two have circled each other before, though this time the 4.3 miles separating the two stadia of Manchester makes Saturday a far more intimate affair than the 310 that buffered them between Real Madrid and Barcelona.Mourinho has always worn the black hat in this rivalry ever since 2008 when The Special One was passed over by Barcelonas front office and ownership for Guardiola, the former Catalan defender who was elevated from coaching Barcas B squad. That enmity will carry over into this match since Guardiola has been reunited with many of Barcelonas key personnel at Manchester City (3-0-0).Guardiola has the upper hand in the head-to-head matches between the two that span five teams (Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea for Mourinho; Barcelona and Bayern Munich for Guardiola), winning seven and drawing six of the 16 all-time matches, highlighted by Barcas clinical 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid in Mourinhos first El Clasico match in 2010.The antagonism between the two intensified in 2011 over four matches in a 17-day stretch during which Mourinho won the Copa del Rey before Guardiola exacted his revenge by bouncing him from the Champions League in a two-legged semifinal. Their matches in Spain took on good against evil overtones, with Guardiolas flowing Barca offence trying to overcome the cynical punishing play of Reals defence and counterattack.The two have succeeded at the highest club levels with their differing philosophies, Mourinho climbing every managerial rung scraping to win titles 90 minutes at a time with a pragmatic approach that varies depending on the opposition. Park the bus, hit on the counter, buy the best stars, the Portuguese manager has always succeeded in the short term as his players fully bought into his us-versus-the-world mentality.Guardiola, on the other hand, believes in the system -- his system -- honed on his relentlessly inquisitive nature and desire for the aesthetically pleasing football his mentor Johan Cryuff espoused while building Barcelona into a global powerhouse. While it did not result in a Champions League trophy in his three seasons at Bayern Munich, it did get them to the semifinals each year. Its also the foundation of success Manchester City desperately sought in their five-year courtship with him before he finally agreed to take over the blue side of the city last Christmas after his run in the Bundesliga.Both teams, in addition to Mourninhos former charges at Chelsea, claimed the maximum nine points in three matches before the international break. Manchester City have scored a league-high nine goals, Manchester United (3-0-0) have conceded a league-best one. Thus, this match has all the makings of the irresistible force trying to break down the immovable object.But the primary person for Manchester City scoring nine goals through three matches will not be available for Guardiola. Sergio Aguero, who has three of those strikes, will serve the first of his retroactive three-match ban for elbowing Winston Reid.Aguero also has eight goals in nine lifetime matches versus United, leaving a huge hole at the top of the attack, but Guardiola does not lack for options. Teenage starlet Kelechi Iheanacho could get his first league start, while Nolito could also be moved from the wing in a bid to add to his two goals thus far. Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling also are candidates to be shifted into a potential false nine position that would mirror Barcelonas attack under Guardiola.A third option would be giving playmaker Leroy Sane his first start since his signing from German side Schalke 04 over the summer. Sane has been dealing with a hamstring injury, but has been practising with the team and available for selection.For United in attack, it will revolve around mercurial striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored three goals in the first two wins and has shown little wear of his 34 years since arriving at Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer. But this is also a personal grudge match for Swedens all-time leading scorer, who has a long history with Guardiola -- and none of it is good.The two had a falling out while at Barcelona, with Ibrahimovic famously labeling Guardiola as a spineless coward in his 2015 autobiography I Am Zlatan with regards to their personal dealings, or lack thereof if you were to believe Ibrahimovic. In a CNN interview last November, Ibrahimovic went one step further, saying, As a coach, he was fantastic. As a person, thats something else. Hes not a man, theres nothing more to say.Additionally, the Swedes affinity for Mourinho -- the two won the Serie A title and Italian SuperCup with Inter Milan in 2009 -- doubles as a fanatical devotion to his manager. And a motivated Ibra is quite the dangerous Ibra.He is a winner and I see myself as a winner, Ibrahimovic said in an interview with the BBC about Mourinho. Wherever he went with different teams, he won. Hes direct with everyone. Hes not a coach who goes behind you and tells you behind your back. He will tell you if you are not good enough.Ibrahimovic has also shown a good link-up chemistry with talisman Wayne Rooney, who has a goal and two assists thus far. He has 11 goals in 27 lifetime clashes with City, including four match-winners.Entering the Old Trafford cauldron for a Manchester derby is a daunting task for anyone, but Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will be doing so in his club debut after being signed from Barcelona before the close of the transfer window. Reunited with Guardiola from his days with the Catalan side, the Chile international has replaced the departed Joe Hart, whose ball distribution skills were not conducive to Guardiolas needs.But the two-time Copa America winner stands only six feet tall between the sticks. With Ibrahimovic a towering figure at 6-foot-5, Belgium international Marouane Fellaini at 6-4, powerfully built midfielder Paul Pogba at 6-3 and Eric Bailly 6-2, corner kicks could resemble a forest as United will undoubtedly look to exploit City -- notably central defender John Stones -- through the air.United have won 71 matches and City have claimed 49, with the teams splitting the remaining 51. The Red Devils took four of six points between the teams last season, posting clean sheets in both matches. United won 1-0 at the Etihad in the most recent encounter, with teenager Marcus Rashford scoring just after the quarter-hour. Michael Palardy Jersey . Ivanovic was leading 7-5, 1-0 when Hantuchova withdrew after falling 0-40 behind in the second game. The match started slowly for Ivanovic, who surrendered her first two serves as Hantuchova took a 5-3 lead. Daeshon Hall Jersey . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. Mario Addison Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Captain Munnerlyn Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla.As Manchester United appoint Jose Mourinho, attention is already turning to his first games in charge. The former Chelsea manager will have to wait until June 15 for the Premier League fixtures to be revealed, but Uniteds pre-season plans are already taking shape.Mourinhos first scheduled games are two exciting International Champions Cup matches in China in July and a Community Shield showdown against Premier League champions Leicester in August. Heres a rundown of the fixtures… Jose wants to retain Giggs Ryan Giggs will be offered a coaching role at Manchester United by Jose Mourinho. Borussia Dortmund (Friday July 22)Mourinhos United head to China in July, with his first game in charge coming against Thomas Tuchels Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga outfit are a formidable opponent, with Tuchel earning plenty of plaudits since taking over from Jurgen Klopp last summer. Mourinhos first scheduled game in charge of Man Utd comes against Borussia Dortmund Their high-intensity style will make it a tough workout for United as Mourinho runs the rule over his new squad. The 53-year-old might also hope to have new signings in place in time for the trip. Highlights of the encounter will be shown on Sky Sports.Manchester City (Monday July 25, Beijing National Stadium)Mourinho will only have to wait a couple of months for a first meeting with old foe Pep Guardiola, who has taken over at Manchester City to set up a mouth-watering second instalment of their bitter rivalry in Spain. Pep Guardiola is taking over at Manchester City this summer Mourinho enjoyeed heated encounters against Guardiolas Barcelona with Real Madrid and Inter Milan, and the rivalry will give this pre-season Manchester derby an added edge.dddddddddddd The pair will be eager to strike a psychological blow before the competitive action commences, and, like Mourinho, Guardiola will use the encounter to assess new squad. Mourinhos Man Utd in-tray Five challenges facing Jose Mourinho at Manchester United The fixture will take place at the 91,000-capacity Beijing National Stadium, with highlights shown on Sky Sports.Leicester City (Sunday August 7, Wembley Stadium)Manchester Uniteds FA Cup triumph under Louis van Gaal means Mourinho will contest the Community Shield against Claudio Ranieris Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri will go head to head in the Community Shield clash at Wembley Mourinhos men were defeated by Arsene Wengers Arsenal in last seasons curtain-raiser, but the former Chelsea boss will be hoping for a more positive result against the side who dethroned the Blues to win the Premier League title. Mourinhos biggest job? Why Jose Mourinho might be taking his toughest managerial project yet at Man Utd. United will kick-off their Premier League campaign a week later, and a meeting with Leicester will provide another invaluable opportunity for Mourinho to measure his new side against one of the teams expected to compete at the top of the table. Also See: Mourinhos Man Utd in-tray Mourinho mythbusting Cheap Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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