Respected Manchester United FC legend and long term former captain, Roy Keane has said that Jose Mourinho, present coach of the rich football club is not “the special one”, rather that accolade belongs to Manchester City FC coach Pep Guardiola.
This is coming same day when Liverpool FC coach Jurgen Klopp refered to another good coach – Chelsea FC’s coach Antonio Conte as the Guardiola of Turin, apparently trying to underpin that Pep Guardiola seems to be the best football coach right now on planet earth.
And to underscore the belief his mates have for him, Guardiola and his Manchester City FC spanked Borussia Monchengladbach four goals to nill in their Champions league match last night, his seventh win in as many games in charge at the Etihad Stadium
Mourinho famously declared “I think I’m a special one” upon his appointment by Chelsea in 2004, but he suffered his first defeat as United boss last Saturday when City triumphed 2-1 in the Premier League.
And Keane, who expects City to sustain their impressive form throughout the campaign, has been more impressed by Guardiola than the man in charge at Old Trafford.
“Two coaches in Manchester. Mourinho reckons he’s the Special One, to me this guy [Guardiola] is,” he said, speaking as a pundit on ITV.
“We’ve seen City have good starts before and they take their foot off the gas a little bit, but I don’t think it will happen under this guy.”
Keane admires the bold approach taken by Guardiola towards his playing squad, with the former Bayern Munich boss having made it clear than fan favourites Yaya Toure and Joe Hart were not part of his plans.
“He said he’s a challenging coach – it doesn’t look like he messes about,” Keane added. “I wouldn’t like to mess with him.”