- Man Utd take on Man City in highly-anticipated clash at Old Trafford on Sunday
- Mourinho has taken cheeky swipe at City players over diving
- Portuguese tactician stirs pot as tension builds for showdown
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It wouldn’t be a build-up to a big game involving Jose Mourinho if the Man Utd boss didn’t have a dig at the upcoming rivals, and the same applies for Man City.
The Red Devils host their rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday in an important clash at the top of the Premier League table.
With an eight-point gap between them, Man Utd can’t afford to lose and see that lead get bigger, and so the pressure is on the hosts to produce a top performance.
Whether it’s mind games or just an honest observation, Mourinho has taking a sly sideswipe at the City players over their habit of going to ground.
“One thing that I don’t like a lot is that they lose their balance very easily,” he is quoted as saying by The Guardian. “A little bit of wind and they fall.”
It’s not the first time that City have faced such accusations of diving, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hitting out at them earlier this season, specifically targeting Raheem Sterling over the matter after his side’s defeat at the Etihad, as reported by The Guardian.
To go full circle, Mourinho was critical of Arsenal players doing the same in their 3-1 win over the Gunners last weekend, and so it seems as though every manager is just having a pop at other teams.
It remains to be seen whether or not Mourinho highlighting his issue has an effect on the game or the way in which it is officiated, but the war of words has been sparked off ahead of kick-off.