With both the Manchester clubs, a silverware every season is a must with the standards set. While Guardiola was expected to win the league title last season, Mourinho was expected to do well than his predecessors at United. United did finish sixth in the Premier League, but they managed to win three trophies in total, winning the Europa League in the process and qualifying for the Champions League. It is not excusable for United to not win the Premier League, but Jose has been making better progress and pleasing the fans better than Guardiola has been able to recently.
4. Winning is all that matters
Both Jose and Pep have a different outlook towards the game. While Pep Guardiola focuses on playing with a perfect performance, Jose has his priorities set on winning the game under any circumstances. While Pep’s ideologies may have been successfully applied in the La Liga and the Bundesliga, the same cannot be done in the Premier League. It is a challenging league and grinding out results in every game will only help, and that is why Jose is a step ahead of Pep in the league.
3. Zlatan, the beast
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was quite instrumental and effective in United’s success last season as he always has been in any league or country he has played in. United need more depth and experience in the squad, and when Zlatan returns in January, he will bring an extra boost and energy to the United team. While Guardiola wouldn’t have much of a problem with a squad but the addition of Zlatan will surely increase Jose’s chances of success in the league.
2. Premier League experience
Pep Guardiola is only had a season of Premier League experience under his belt while Jose has been an old fox in the league. He has achieved plenty with Chelsea considering his both spells at the London clubs, and more importantly, he knows how the teams in the league play. He is accustomed to the physicality, and the tactical challenges in the league, more than Pep and this experience will come in handy in the end for the Portuguese manager at United.
Pep and Jose have always been rivals, a rivalry which started with Barcelona and Real Madrid. Both managers have outclassed each other time and again but Pep has always received more appreciation than Jose did. Spanish media were a lot friendly with Pep than they were with Jose during their time in Spain. Jose and Pep have a score to settle, and Premier League is the ideal stage to exactly do that, but it will be Jose who will be the more aggressive one in this battle as he seeks to avenge things from the past.