Last weekend’s Manchester derby seemed to be more of a battle between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola than Manchester United and Manchester City.
The two managers have an extremely frosty relationship, having clashed on numerous occasions in the past.
But there was only one winner during last week’s match at Old Trafford - and that was Guardiola.
Guardiola’s side dominated the first-half at the Theatre of Dreams taking a 2-0 lead through Kevin de Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho and threatened to run away with the game.
However, a mistake from debutant Claudio Bravo allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to haul the home side back into the match just before the break.
But Mourinho couldn’t inspire his players to grab the equaliser during the second-half as Guardiola came out on top during the season’s first meeting between the two Manchester clubs.
And, after Guardiola got the better of Mourinho once again, Roy Keane has now revealed who he thinks is the better manager.
Despite almost playing 500 matches for United, he believes that Guardiola, rather than Mourinho, should be regarded as the ‘Special One.’
Keane picks his 'Special One'
"He said he’s a challenging coach - doesn’t look like he messes about,” he said.
"I wouldn’t like to mess with him.
"Two coaches in Manchester. Mourinho reckons he’s the special one, to me this guy is.
"We’ve seen City have good stats before and they take their foot off the gas a little bit, but I don’t think it will happen under this guy."
United supporters obviously won’t agree with Keane’s comments but the Spaniard has certainly impressed in his short time at the Etihad.
Not only do City have a 100% record in their four Premier League matches, but they have already beaten Steaua Bucuresti 5-0 and Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in the Champions League.
Mourinho probably won’t enjoy Keane’s comments, either. Despite the pair managing not to become embroiled in a war of words ahead of the Manchester derby, there have been plenty of occasions in the past of them clashing in the media - something we are likely to see before the seasons ends.
Guardiola may have taken an early lead in his battle against Mourinho but there’s a long way to go in this season as they aim to become the ’Special One’ in Manchester.
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