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Manager Watch: Mourinho vs. Guardiola

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 By Michael Cox

Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte near tactical solutions after transition phase

Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge, but will Diego Costa steal the show like he did last season?
Antonio Conte has made several tactical changes to the Chelsea defence. The FC panel break down his ideas.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson assess whether Mourinho's job at United is the toughest in the Premier League.

For Chelsea and Manchester United, it's all about the word "transition."

These days, transition has come to mean the shift between defence and attack, or attack and defence -- the moment when possession changes hands, when one side can launch a break and the other has to think suddenly about stopping it. It was the main coaching buzzword a few years ago, and gradually became accepted in common football parlance.

On Sunday, with neither Chelsea nor Manchester United likely to insist upon possession...

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

The ESPN FC crew have little faith in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte sending their squads out to attack on Sunday.

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 (United) and Jonathan Smith (City) bring us the latest weekly look at what both men have been saying.

Weekend match expectations

JS: Pep Guardiola has no intention of changing his style of play but could do with another victory to bring back the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Grading Jose Mourinho's performance so far as Manchester United manager

The FC TV panel have their say, but what do you think? Vote now!

In the three seasons since Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Manchester United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in the Premier League. Enter Jose Mourinho; how has the Portuguese done so far?

What grade does Mourinho get so far at Man United?

Mourinho made a number of high-profile signings ahead of the season, including a world record-breaking deal for Paul Pogba and the recruitment of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ahead of Mourinho's return to Chelsea on Sunday, though, United are just seventh in the Premier League with 14 points from eight games.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Jose Mourinho hits back at 'Einsteins'; Neymar signs new deal

The ESPN FC crew have little faith in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte sending their squads out to attack on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba has not been discouraged, despite recent criticism of Man United's big-money signing.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hit back at "Einsteins" after Paul Pogba scored twice in a 4-1 win over Fenerbahce on Thursday, saying that the critics would rapidly change their opinions.

- Michael Owen has questioned former teammate Wayne Rooney's decision to allow Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to take penalties.

- Mourinho has admitted he does not feel "lucky" at Stamford Bridge any longer, as he prepares to face Chelsea...

 By Chris Wright

Juan Mata jokes after eating turf during Man Utd vs. Fenerbahce

A Paul Pogba first-half double helped Manchester United on their way to a 4-1 thrashing of Turkish side, Fenerbahce.
Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba has not been discouraged, despite recent criticism of Man United's big-money signing.

After Juan Mata was brought down in the area to give Manchester United the first of their penalties against Fenerbahce, it appeared at first glance as though the Spanish forward managed to emerge largely unscathed.

However, replays duly showed that he did receive a rather painful looking face-full of the Old Trafford turf as he was bundled over by defender Simon Kjaer.

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Will Henrikh Mkhitaryan get a second chance at Manchester United?

Jose Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan has to fight for his place in his squad after missing out against Fenerbahce.

On Tuesday, Chelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado scored Juventus' goal in their 1-0 Champions League win at Lyon. The following night, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola decided he preferred Kevin De Bruyne as a "false No. 9" to selecting star striker Sergio Aguero at Barcelona. On Thursday, Mohamed Salah was launched from the bench while Roma were pegged back by Austria Vienna to draw 3-3. All that followed Romelu Lukaku scoring Everton's goal in their 1-1 draw at City last Saturday.

It is not difficult...