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Manager Watch: Mourinho vs. Guardiola

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Jose Mourinho vs. Pep Guardiola: Man United and City manager watch

Jose Mourinho says Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to feature as the competition in the squad is very high.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke on the situation regarding Joe Hart, saying it's his job to make tough decisions.

Manchester United and Manchester City landed two of the biggest managers in the game this summer. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will resume their battle in the Premier League, and ESPN FC is keeping a close eye on them.

Our correspondents Arindam Rej (Manchester United) and Jonathan Smith (Manchester City) bring us the latest in a weekly look at the managers.

Weekend match expectations

Jonathan Smith: Pep Guardiola has safely guided his new side into the Champions League group stage and it...

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Well-respected Phelan plots an unlikely win for Hull vs. old club Man United

Mike Phelan says Paul Pogba must rise to the occasion at Man United with his expensive price tag.
Anthony Richardson recaps an epic weekend in the Premier League, where Hull City and Mike Phelan are in the spotlight.
Jose Mourinho insists there will be no more arrivals at Manchester United this transfer window.

Hull City's caretaker manager Mike Phelan spent 19 years at Manchester United, the team he'll face on Saturday. Both sides have won their two Premier League matches so far, with those of Hull far more surprising than United's victories.

Phelan, 53, was a United first-team player between 1989-94 and, having returned after a five-year absence, a coach for 14 years until 2013; when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down, his successor David Moyes decided against retaining Phelan.

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Will Phil Jones have to leave Man Utd to revive his career?

ESPN FC's Brian McBride talks the club that needs to spend the most before transfer deadline day.
Phil Jones' status at Manchester United is unclear after a rash of injuries and manager changes.

Perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson could be forgiven for his enthusiasm brimming over. After all, Manchester United's manager was in the midst of celebrating his 13th and final Premier League title, but he ended up placing a millstone around Phil Jones' neck.

"You saw Jones tonight," Ferguson said after the youngster starred at centre-half during a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa to secure United's title in April 2013. "Arguably, the way he is looking, he could be our best-ever player." 

Jones had an impossible...

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Trending: Champions League revamped, Pep back to Barcelona

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol presents a few of the Champions League groups to look out for in this year's competition.
Take an in-depth look at the UCL draw and see how each of the teams will line up in this year's competition.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Europe's top four leagues will have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, UEFA has confirmed.

- Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou after Manchester City and Barcelona were drawn together in the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.

- Marcotti: Guardiola's Barcelona return headlines draw

Group-by-group previews and predictions

EUROPA LEAGUE: Manchester United...

Robin van Persie reunion as Man United face tricky Europa ties

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Alejandro Moreno assess the UEL draw, headlined by Group A.
Don Hutchison says that the Europa League won't be a priority for Jose Mourinho, but believes that he will still want to win it.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists he's pleased his side have been handed a tough Europa League draw.

Manchester United have been drawn against Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk in Group A of the Europa League. Here's a look at their European campaign.

How will Man United fare in the Europa League?


This is not the easiest draw United could have had, with trips to Turkey and Ukraine, but it is certainly intriguing. It's a romantic story to have drawn Fenerbahce, who have former United striker Robin van Persie in their ranks. Being paired with the Turkish club, who were 2013 semifinalists in this competition the season...

Manchester United rapidly moving on from Louis van Gaal era

The ESPN FC crew look back at Paul Pogba's performance against Southampton.

It was fairly predictable there would be huge changes at Old Trafford when it was announced that Louis van Gaal would be replaced by Jose Mourinho, but nobody could have foreseen how quickly it would happen.

While Manchester United haven't set the world alight in their first two games, they have played very well, particularly for a side that had so many players who featured at Euro 2016.

There has been some of the expected rustiness but it's hard to name many players who aren't looking considerably...