Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola branded Manchester United ‘a long-ball team’

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in his recent interview suggested Jose Mourinho favours a more direct style of football.

Manchester United and Manchester City are currently joint top of the Premier League table, with both the teams earning 16 points so far in six games – with City leading United only on goal-difference.

Both the teams have played impressively in the Premier League so far, albeit embracing different approaches, with the Red Devils playing a much more direct brand of football while the Citizen taking into Pep Guardiola’s philosophy of a possession retention style.

This contrast in styles was recently acknowledged by City manager Pep Guardiola and the Spanish tactician hailed rivals United by saying a recent interview with BBC, “United play long ball, second ball up to Fellaini, Pogba, when they have the quality to play. But I have a lot of respect for my neighbours.”

Last season both the Manchester teams experienced a disappointing campaign and Guardiola as well as Jose Mourinho are under pressure for their respective sides to perform much better during the current campaign.

Nonetheless, the two respected managers certainly seem to have taken the challenge head on by getting their teams to perform much better so far this season and many believe that it will be the two Manchester rivals who will be challenging for the league title in the end.

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