Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola sensationally end eight-year feud with handshake and joke ahead of Manchester derby

JOSE MOURINHO and Pep Guardiola have buried the hatchet before today’s explosive Manchester derby.

Mourinho said: “The fight between Kell Brook and that big guy is the story — it’s not us. It’s not me against him, it’s United against City.”

Pep Guardiola Jose Mourinho will go head-to-head in the Manchester derby
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have called time on their legendary feud
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SunSport can reveal the pair decided to end their bitter eight-year feud with a handshake at a Premier League meeting — stunning rival bosses.

A Premier League source said: “Everybody was expecting fireworks but instead they shook hands and agreed to put the past behind them.

“I doubt they’ll ever be best friends but they were on good terms. They even cracked a smile and a joke.”

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola butt heads again this weekend
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have finally decided to bury the hatchet
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The superstar pair fell out after Barcelona opted to use Pep Guardiola as boss
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Etihad chief Guardiola and United boss Mourinho face up in the Prem for the first time this lunchtime.

The pair — once close friends at Barcelona under Bobby Robson — fell out after Guardiola became Nou Camp boss in 2008, a job Mourinho craved.

Animosity intensified when Mourinho’s Inter beat Barca in the 2010 Champions League semis. And the feud continued when Mourinho coached Real Madrid for three years.


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