Today’s Manchester derby is the most difficult to predict in recent history, not least because of the two managers who will be patrolling the touchline.
The history between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola speaks for itself and their first meeting in Premier League competition is sure to be a fascinating spectacle.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City boast perfect records three matches into the new season and millions around world will be watching to see if one side can get an early edge in the title race.
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In contrast to many of the summer signings brought in by both clubs, Gary Neville is a man who knows plenty about playing in the Manchester derby.
The former England defender, who made more than 600 appearances for the Red Devils, has offered his take on what Mourinho should do to beat Guardiola in their first meeting on English soil.
"If I was in the United dressing room I'd be looking at the way Guardiola teams always play and I'd be thinking of disruption,” Neville said, as per Sky Sports.
“Create some disruption. Slow the game down, win free-kicks, create spikes in the game, create an emotion in the crowd and disturb what City want to do because, ultimately, you can concentrate on your own game but when you're playing against a fantastic opponent you have to deal with them.
"United cannot let City build up that rhythm in the game, kill the crowd and control the possession. United will be better physically and they'll be hoping they can keep the crowd involved. Pep will always try and do something different but rhythm and disruption are the two words I'd use looking ahead to the game.”
Neville also said he expects both managers to approach the clash with the intention of claiming of all three points, rather than settling for a draw to avoid losing ground at the top of the table.
"Both managers will go into the game wanting to win but the danger sometimes is that they won't want damage this early in the season, and the players will be the same. There is no doubt they'll want to win but they'll certainly not want to come out of the game where there's long-lasting damage.”
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