Manchester police briefed over Jose v Pep feud ahead of derby

Ian Watson

A report claims Greater Manchester Police officers have been briefed about Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s feisty history ahead of Saturday’s derby.

United play host to City in a lunchtime clash at Old Trafford, with 400 officers expected to be in attendance ahead of the season’s most-eagerly anticipated match so far.

The Daily Mail’s back page lead story claims:

“Sportsmail understands that officers on duty for Saturday’s clash between the two sides, the first battle between the feuding managers with their new clubs in England, will be told of the pair’s feisty history and the effect that may have on their operation.”

Mourinho and Guardiola have been rivals since their time at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The pair clashed repeatedly in Spain and the Daily Mail claims the police are concerned that tension could spread from the dug-outs to the stands.