Jose Mourinho’s explosive feud with Pep Guardiola has stoked police fears ahead of Saturday’s first Manchester derby of the season.
According to the Daily Mail, officers will be told of the pair’s red-hot rivalry before the early kick-off and how that will affect policing.
It’s understood that around 400 officers are expected to be on duty for the 12.30pm kick-off and they will be briefed about the Mourinho/Guardiola feud which dates back to their days managing Real Madrid and Barcelona.
While extra precautions are being taken, it’s understood that neither manager will be spoken to before the game, and police sources are confident that the fixture will pass off without major incident and, at this stage, there is no intelligence to suggest an increased risk.
Whilst a Manchester derby never usually needs extra spice, the added element of the personal rivalry between Guardiola and Mourinho, has certainly fuelled the fire going in to Saturday’s lunch time fixture.