If Mourinho wishes to adopt defensive tactics in a home match against his club’s local rivals City, of course he can do that. If he thinks that ‘parking the bus’, as he did away to Liverpool earlier in the season, is the best strategy for his side, that’s fine and dandy.
The manager of Manchester United sees beauty in granite defence. He can be almost wistful talking about it. He is the incomparable Bob the Builder of sporting walls. Guardiola has an alternative outlook. He sees beauty in dazzling attacks, endless possession, and intricate passing movements. He is the incomparable Picasso of the playing fields.
If there is victory for Mourinho in this afternoon’s match at Old Trafford, he will be lauded once again as a special manager. The Manchester United central defender and City keeper were team-mates last season at Benfica.
And £31million Lindelof, 23, revealed: “Ederson is a good friend of mine and he’s a very funny guy.
He’s a very good goalkeeper, too, but sometimes keepers can be a bit funny! He jokes around a lot.
“He always has a smile on his face, so he’s a nice guy. If I get the opportunity to play against him in the derby, it’s going to be fun.” But Lindelof who is starting to make his mark at United after struggling at first, will only be smiling himself if he’s on the winning side.
Kompany is City’s biggest doubt, although pre-derby mind games may have to be taken into account. If he doesn’t play then Eliaquim Mangala should partner Nicolas Otamendi at the back. David Silva did stay back in Manchester this week but could start on Sunday regardless