Mourinho v Guardiola in Manchester Derby moving ever closer

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The odds on Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola doing battle on the touchline in the near future has taken two giant leaps closer.

Firstly Manchester City confirmed that the latter would be taking charge at the Etihad Stadium next season with Manuel Pellegrini set to depart regardless of the club’s performance this season.

The Citizens could yet feasibly win the quadruple, but it appears the Eastlands hierarchy were keen to secure the signature of the Bayern Munich boss.

While his arrival in the blue half of Manchester rules out one potential successor to the under fire Louis van Gaal it does mean the odds have shortened on Jose Mourinho returning to the Premier League.

The former Chelsea boss was slashed on Deadline Day from 11/10 to 4/6 to be the next man in charge at Old Trafford, an appointment that would not only appease the Stretford End but leave the neutrals excited for some potentially feisty clashes next term.

The duo oversaw some typically fiery El Clasico encounters when the pair we in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

In fact, during their 15 encounters in charge of Spain’s big two, 11 red cards were dished out with an average of eight cautions per match, with four of them reaching double-figures.

Should the Portuguese head to Old Trafford as the betting implies, their rivalry that began in La Liga would continue in the north west of England.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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