He’s already accused Manchester City players of being divers, but Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also believes Pep Guardiola’s men are masters of the ‘tactical foul’.
The mean-spirited United coach will attempt to close the gap to five points on Sunday when the biggest Manchester derby since 2012 takes place, and is using every trick in his arsenal to try and influence referee Michael Oliver to help his team – like so many referees have before him.
“It’s a strategy [City] have. They attack with a lot of players,” Jose said. “When they lose the ball, they are many times unbalanced in numbers, they have lots of people surrounding the ball area and have a very strong – and this is a great quality – transition in the next few seconds after they lose the ball, and many times they need what is called a tactical foul.”
According to the Sunday Times, Mourinho sees Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne as the worst offenders at ‘tactical fouling’.
Pep Guardiola and his City players have, as per usual, maintained a dignified silence leading into derby day, something that cannot be said about our red neighbours.
Having accused City stars of diving and fouling, having questioned Pep Guardiola for wearing a political symbol, and with Paul Pogba having wished injuries on Man City stars, the talking will be over on Sunday afternoon when the Manchester giants collide on the pitch.
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