Phil Neville: If one manager can beat Manchester City then it’s Jose Mourinho

Phil Neville: If one manager can beat Manchester City then it’s Jose Mourinho

Former Manchester United player Phil Neville has backed Jose Mourinho to be the manager to end Manchester City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League.

The Red Devils will face their fierce rivals for the first time this season in the upcoming fixture of England’s top division.

If United wish to mount a serious challenge on the title they will have to do it by beating City in order to close the eight point gap on the club.

Typically a fiery clash, the match will be even more heated than usual due to Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s fractious relationship.

The pair have since downplayed the personal aspect of the encounter but Neville believes the Portuguese manager is the only one who can stop the Sky Blues.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Phil said: “Some team has to. If United don’t then City can go through the season unbeaten – they are that good.

“One team has to stand up to them – they have to go toe to toe and break the rhythm and concentration – if one manager can do that then Jose Mourinho is one.”

The two managers have both had their fair share of remarkable success at their respective clubs but despite their trophies are often criticised more than anyone else.

Guardiola has been accused of making his career out of a ‘too good to lose’ Barcelona side, with the manager’s inability to secure European glory at Bayern Munich often used to aide the myth.

Jose meanwhile has been accused of being too negative and failing to give youngsters a true shot at first team action; false accusations that stick around because they sell newspapers.

Regardless of their weaknesses and strengths, both managers have an undeniable record of winning and with the pair facing off soon, neutrals everywhere are excited by what will surely be a memorable match.

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