31st August, 2018
Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho got some serious backing from a very unexpected source as Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola declared his support for him.
Guardiola sees Manchester United as one of the top football clubs in Europe and the criticism going the way of Mourinho is normal with the territory of top-flight management.
The fortunes of both Manchester clubs are not the same as City have been quite impressive in the new season despite a slip-up in a 1-1 draw at Wolves last time out.
Meanwhile, United has lost three consecutive games in a row, prompting heavy criticism especially in the direction of Mourinho. The following is what Guardiola had to say about the situation at Manchester United:
“It’s our job, unfortunately. It’s happened to me in the past. As manager, our job depends on results,”
“When we win we are good, when we do not win we are not good. It is simple like that.
“The important thing is to know the quality of the managers. I believe when they get to this level in the Premier League it is because they are top, top managers.
“[United] remain a great team, a top team. We are just in August. They are there [the bottom half of the table] but it is just in August and there are a lot of points to play for now.”
The City Manager then called on his own players to imitate the commitment that saw them to a record-breaking points haul last season by not allowing one negative result to follow another when Newcastle arrive at the Etihad Stadium this weekend. He said:
“We dropped two points at Wolves,. One of the secrets of last season is the days after we didn’t get three points we won.”
“We didn’t make bad results two or three in a row and that is one of the reasons why we got what we got last season.”
City fans were happy that their team was drawn into a seemingly easy Champions League group on Thursday, as they were placed alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim, but their manager is taking nothing for granted.
“The Champions League, every season from my point of view, is tougher and tougher. The teams are better and better, so we will see,” he said.
“We will see after the last game at home against Hoffenheim in December, whether it was easy or difficult. I will tell you then.”