Jose Mourinho left second-guessing Manchester City ahead of derby
Mourinho admits that Sergio Aguero’s ban means that Manchester United won’t know how their rivals will line up
September 9th, 2016
Pep Guardiola was giving nothing away in his pre-Manchester derby press conference, with the Spaniard simply admitting that he will “have eleven players on the pitch” when Manchester City line up at Old Trafford.
The question was along the lines of how Guardiola would replace Aguero in attack, with Kelechi Iheanacho potentially a like-for-like replacement although there are other options including the promotion of Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne or David Silva into a false nine position.
Guardiola is keeping his cards predictably close to his chest and that means Jose Mourinho feels a little unsettled with regard to how to approach the match, with Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw both potentially missing out.
Mourinho has to consider whether to start with Marcus Rashford and it’s something that the bookies make an even money chance following the young striker’s winner against Hull and followed by a hat-trick for the England Under-21’s against Norway.
The Red Devils manager pointed to the various options at Guardiola’s disposal and claims it is “more difficult” to work out how to line up against City.
“He (Aguero) doesn’t play and they have amazing options,” said Mourinho.
“It is more difficult. When Sergio Aguero is available he plays, we know their formation.
“We have to reduce the unpredictability,” added the Portuguese.