With the club's respective managerial appointments, we will come to see next season's Manchester derby less as a football match and more a vast, allegorical struggle, between Pep Guardiola's pursuit for artistic perfection and Jose Mourinho's persecution of any artistic pursuit.
It is going to be all-out war on Manchester this season, and Jose Mourinho drew first blood in his duel with Pep Guardiola in the transfer market, with the signing of defender Eric Bailly from Villareal. Guardiola was believed to be interested in bringing Bailly to City, but United stole ahead of the Blues to wrap up the signing of the defender for a fee that could rise as high as €40 million. While Zlatan and Henrikh Ctrl+V have grabbed the headlines, Bailly really stood out in Mourinho's first game against Wigan this afternoon. Have a look at this piece of skill:
If that is a sign of things to come, United may have secured themselves Rio Ferdinand's spiritual successor. Those viewing were impressed:
Eric Bailly. I like.
— Adam Sweeney (@AdamWSweeney) July 16, 2016
Eric Bailly is a combination of Ferdinand, Evra & Roy Keane put together. Could be vital for us winning the league this season! #MUFC
— Krishna Anand (@KrishnaAnand_) July 16, 2016
While obviously it's a pre-season game, and United fans are told not to read too much into proceedings, that's not what supporters actually do. Why would they?
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