Mourinho refuses to open up on Guardiola rivalry

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has stated that Pep Guardiola is a very good manager but has ducked further questions on his Manchester City adversary ahead of today’s derby clash.

The cross-town rivals are set to come to blows at Old Trafford this afternoon, with an invaluable three points and local bragging rights on offer in the fixture.

Mourinho and Guardiola have a mutual respect for one another but are certainly not best friends after an acrimonious period where they were in charge of La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

The managerial duo are set to be reunited on the Manchester touchline on Saturday, in what will be compelling viewing for football fans all over the world and almost as interesting as the action on the field.

Mourinho has stated that he has been keeping a close eye on City this season but has refused to open up on his feelings for their manager.

“They have a very good team, very good players and obviously a very good manager who contributes to them being a better team – but no more than that,” the United boss told Sky Sports.

“Every manager is different, every manager has new ideas. Sometimes the difference is significant, other times not so much.

“I’ve watched them play every game and obviously there some details that are different in relation to the way Guardiola sees the game.”