Two clubs that are aiming for Champions League football next term – Manchester City and Manchester United, will face off in the Manchester derby, at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

The two coaches in charge of the Manchester teams – Guardiola and Mourinho famously clashed while managing Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain’s derby clash- ‘El Clasico’ between 2010 and 2012.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho feels rivals City, who are fourth in the league table and only a point ahead of United are favourites to qualify for the top four – since they have no European competition to play in, unlike Manchester United.

“They play now one game a week until the end of the season while we have the [Europa League] semi-finals which are very important for us,” Mourinho said.

“Obviously to play one match per week brings teams and players to other levels, so it’s more difficult for us but we are going to try.”

Mourinho continued: “It doesn’t matter what happens in terms of titles we win or don’t win.

“I always feel that the season is very important for me, the players and the club.

“I would say this can be the first season of the next five or six or seven. It can be the first season of better years.

“And the reality is even in the first season of better years we won already [the Community Shield and EFL Cup], and if we manage to win the Europa League and in August to play the European Super Cup against the Champions League winner, it will be magnificent.”

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