Two iconic managers and some big money summer signings have propelled Manchester and the rivalry between United & City to a new level. But how did Manchester become the epicentre of world football?
In a league packed with big named managers and some of the best talent to assemble on these shores, Manchester is the main attraction. It’ll be pure box office and drama, and whoever finishes above Mourinho or Guardiola are likely to emerge as champions.
City have waited patiently for Pep, ever since 2012, when they appointed Soriano and Begiristain from Barcelona hoping to model the club on the infrastructure of the Catalan giants. Pep is the final piece in the that puzzle. For United, in the shadows of their noisy neighbours the past few years, it seems the appointment of Mourinho was inevitable. If City have Guardiola, United had to seek out the one man who can stop him, his arch enemy.
Despite unbridled success for both managers, questions marks linger over them. Can Mourinho bounce back from easily the biggest failure of his career, sacked by Chelsea with the club in 16th position in the Premier League last season? Can Guardiola work with a squad that is less talented than he inherited at Barca and Bayern, and a league which will offer a far more competitive field?
Pep versus Jose, the pragmatist versus the purist, the sinner versus the saint, Man City versus Man United. The eyes of the footballing world will be trained on Manchester this season and it promises to be one hell of a season.