Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has explained why Sergio Aguero’s absence in the upcoming Derby could give the Citizens an edge over Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho and his side are currently preparing to face their cross-town neighbors Manchester City this weekend.
The Special One will go up against his old foe and former partner, Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola was announced as Manchester City’s new manager this summer, and has since managed his side to three Premier League wins in as many matches, with Mourinho replicating the same results.
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Pep Guardiola will be without Sergio Aguero this weekend, after the Argentine was handed a three-match suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct.
However, Jose Mourinho believes that the absence of the attacker will make things ‘more difficult’ for his side, simply because it would mean that City will be more unpredictable in their tactics.
“It changes because it is more difficult,” Jose said.
“When Aguero is available we know that he plays, we know their formation and their dynamics – nobody has doubts. If he is ready, he will play.
“But now he doesn’t play, they have an amazing squad in terms of options and there are many things he could do.”
Sergio Aguero has been crucial to City so far this season. He has already scored six goals this season, three of which were in the Premier League.
Guardiola will have to think outside the box, as his side don’t have another prolific striker such as Aguero. The Citizens can call upon Sterling, Iheanacho, or Silva to play in an attacking role.
United, on the other hand, faced an injury scare during the international break, after Henrikh Mkhitaryan was subbed off during an international friendly with Armenia.
However, Mourinho has now confirmed that United have no injuries at the moment, but it is unlikely that Mkhitaryan would start the match, seeing as he hasn’t started in United’s previous three games.