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Mourinho responds to potential Guardiola clash as Manchester United-Man City meeting is mooted

Jose Mourinho has moved to play down the tantalising talk of a touchline meeting between he and Pep Guardiola in the Premier League next season.

Current Bayern Munich coach Guardiola is set to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season, and will take over at Manchester City charged with realising the Sky Blues’ potential both domestically and in Europe.

Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has been tipped to take over at Manchester United, where Louis van Gaal has struggled to build on qualifying the Red Devils for the Champions League last season, and has overseen a truly miserable campaign this term.

However, despite incessant rumours linking the Portuguese coach to the hotseat at Old Trafford, nothing has been confirmed and, speaking to reporters on Friday, Mou has sought to play down the speculation.

“He knows where he will be going and I don’t,” Mourinho said, as per Goal, insisting that he hadn’t confirmed anything with United. “It is not worth imaging any scenarios because Guardiola has a new club and I don’t.”

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The two coaches enjoyed a tempestuous rivalry during their time together in La Liga, with Pep Guardiola overseeing his iconic Barcelona side, and Mourinho managing Real Madrid.

While the former has enjoyed a successful spell at Bayern Munich, Mourinho’s fortunes have been mixed, with a title at Chelsea followed up by a dramatic decline at Stamford Bridge.

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