How Mourinho Will Stop City From Winning The League In Manchester Derby

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Jose Mourinho is likely to chuck out one high-profile name from his starting XI when the Red Devils face their cross-town rivals Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend, as per reports.

City are just three points shy of securing their 3rd ever Premier League title, and they can achieve the feat against their arch-nemesis in front of the Etihad faithful on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men have obliterated every single opposition this season, and have lost just once to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in their 31 league matches so far.

With an average of almost three goals per game, the Cityzens have accumulated 84 points until now, and are already on the road to break a good number of records by the end of the campaign.

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From most points in a season (95) to most goals scored in the league by a club (103), both of which are held by Chelsea, City could rewrite the history books.

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Furthermore, if Guardiola guides his side to a victory against United on Saturday, there is one more record that’ll be shattered, which is the earliest Premier League title win – with 5 games remaining. The current record belongs to the Red Devils themselves.

However, Manchester Evening News reports that United will give their all to stop the high-flying Cityzens, as Mourinho prepares to use his park-the-bus tactic at the Etihad.

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And for that, the Special One might drop the hammer on Juan Mata in order to set up with a midfield three.

Mourinho has adopted the same maneuver in the past as well, and it’s worked out just fine for the United boss. The Red Devils’ clash against Liverpool at Anfield this season, which ended in a 0-0 draw, was an example of the effectiveness of Jose’s much-criticized tactic.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are expected to line up together along with Scott McTominay, as the Portuguese tactician plans his visit to the home of the destined Premier League Champions.

 

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