The Manchester derby is fast becoming Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola, rather than Manchester United vs Manchester City.
The two managers have a somewhat tempestuous relationship, which was at its greatest during their time in Spain.
Mourinho - manager of Real Madrid - and Guardiola - in charge of Barcelona - exchanged numerous insults in press conferences whilst managing in La Liga, and they will clash once again at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.
While the media has built up the war between the two bosses, both Mourinho and Guardiola have refused to to be drawn into criticising their opposite number ahead of the eagerly-awaited meeting.
In fact, Mourinho has insisted that there will only be one big fight taking place this weekend. “The fight between Kell Brook and that big guy is the story — it’s not us. It’s not me against him, it’s United against City," he said.
And it seems as though their long-running feud may finally be over.
The Sun are reporting a story of when the two coaches met at a Premier League meeting a couple of weeks ago. The report claims that the pair were extremely welcoming towards one another and greeted each other with a handshake whilst also sharing jokes.
A Premier League source said: “Everybody was expecting fireworks but instead they shook hands and agreed to put the past behind them.
“I doubt they’ll ever be best friends but they were on good terms. They even cracked a smile and a joke.”
They claim that their behaviour ‘stunned’ rival bosses, who were expecting them to blank each other throughout the day.
The pair were actually close friends at Barcelona under Bobby Robson but it’s believed that they fell out when Guardiola was offered the managers job in 2008 - something that Mourinho desperately wanted.
Since then, things have turned ugly.
After Guardiola’s Barcelona beat Mourinho’s Madrid in the Champions League semi-final in 2011, the Portuguese boss said: “One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly.
“Josep Guardiola is a fantastic coach. But I have won two Champions Leagues and he has won [only] one Champions League - and that is one that would embarrass me.
“I would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal of Stamford Bridge. If he wins it this year, it will be with the scandal of the Bernabeu.
"I hope one day Guardiola has the chance of winning a brilliant, clean championship with no scandal.”
It’s just one example of Mourinho and Guardiola being involved in an exchange of nasty words in the media. But if this report from The Sun is to be believed, it seems they have put their troubled past behind them.
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