Jose Mourinho has made a shocking claim after he conceded that cross-town rivals Manchester City were favorites to beat his side to a top-four finish.
Manchester United and Manchester City are set to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium in a crunch derby on Thursday.
The match is being dubbed as Pep-Jose 3.0 – with both managers having won 1 game each.
City are currently in fourth position, but just one point clear on United, who are also pre-occupied with Europa League commitments.
Mourinho has unleashed his mind games on Guardiola and City by claiming that the Blue Manchester side are the favorites due to their less congested fixtures.
“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.”