Manchester United take on Manchester City tomorrow, in a game where the Red Devils have the opportunity to put City’s title celebrations on hold.
It’s not an easy situation for us fans, in fact, I honestly cannot remember the last time I was this disinterested in a derby, purely because even with a victory, we’d only be delaying the inevitable. With that said, it always feels better going into work on a Monday morning after beating your local rivals.
As for Jose Mourinho, he met the media before the game at The Etihad Stadium, and he explained why he tries to view the game as if it were one against any of the other eighteen teams in the Premier League; and his logic makes perfect sense.
“It’s always the same question and always the same answer. In the end, the points are the most important thing. In the end, it’s always a match of three points and not a match of seven, eight or nine points but there is also a little bit of the emotional difference in relation to other matches. But in my case, I always try to play every match with the same mentality and responsibility and not try to make a derby an El Clásico or whatever we used to call it in Portugal and Spain – a special match.” Mourinho told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
Like he says, three points are three points whoever the opponent may be. The key for the players is to not get overawed by the situation and go into the fixture as if it were any other game. For tomorrow’s clash, the players have to remain level-headed, not doing anything stupid and concentrate on the task at hand.
During the month of March, the Red Devils were pretty good domestically and they need to take that form and confidence into this game. Whereas City, they struggled to deal with Liverpool on Wednesday, plus they’ll be feeling tired after that match, so there is no better time to play Guardiola’s blues…