The international break is over and it’s time to get back to Premier League football.
The action returns with a bang on Saturday when Manchester United take on Manchester City as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola rekindle their rivalry.
Both teams have 100 per cent records and the Premier League title on their mind. Strap in, guys. This will be memorable.
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Mourinho and Guardiola’s battle isn’t the only subplot to Saturday’s clash. City are without Sergio Aguero, who serves the first of a three-game suspension for elbowing Winston Reid.
Both Manchester teams look entirely different after a summer of extreme spending and so it will be interesting to see how the newbies to the rivalry, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and John Stones, fare.
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Pogba's first test
United and City spent £323.6 million combined in the transfer window. But it was the Red Devils who captured headlines when they paid a world-record fee to bring Paul Pogba to Old Trafford.
All eyes will be on Pogba during Saturday’s mouth-watering derby.
Jose Mourinho paid £89 million for the Frenchman to shine in matches as big as this. Pogba has been a United player for less than a month but should he have an anonymous performance, questions will be asked.
The 23-year-old has been impressive in his two Premier League starts but taking on City at Old Trafford is on another level of intensity to matches against Southampton and Hull.
Pogba's new boots
Although if he doesn’t perform well against the Citizens, at least he’ll look good.
Pogba will wear a pair of red custom-made Adidas boots for the derby, which you can check out below.
Adidas weren’t thinking ‘short and sweet’ when they decided to name the boots the ‘adidas ACE16+ Purecontrol Viper Pack’. But regardless of the title, they look very neat.
Here’s what the German sportswear company, who struck a 10-year deal with United worth £750m in 2014, had to say about the Vipers, per the Mirror: “The ACE 16+ PURECONTROL Viper Pack version offers a Primeknit upper and NON STOP GRIP (NSG) technology, delivering an unrivalled surface for close ball control, while the X 16+PURECHAOS Viper Pack version features a state-of- the-art PURECUT SOCK SYSTEM,covering the boot laces to give players the ultimate fit."
No, we don’t get it either. But if they help Pogba produce the goods against City, nobody at United will be complaining.
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