Neville predicts Mourinho’s tactics for Man United v Man City

Phil Neville believes Jose Mourinho will get his Manchester United side to adopt a physical approach to the Manchester derby

Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho could look to exploit Manchester United’s superior physicality to Manchester City, Phil Neville says.

The Premier League leaders are eight points clear of Mourinho’s men in the Premier League title race after 15 games.

Manchester United were 3-1 winners against title rivals Arsenal at The Emirates last weekend to put pressure on the Citizens.

Manchester United’s unbeaten run came to an end in a 2-1 loss to promoted side Huddersfield Town before Mourinho’s men have dropped points against their biggest rivals this term.

The Red Devils settled for a goalless draw with Liverpool FC at Anfield before a 1-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese coach has developed a reputation for utilising Manchester United’s height and power to his advantage during his time at Chelsea and now at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Mourinho will look to utilisie his side’s superior physicality at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

“Man United are physically stronger and taller than Man City,” Neville told Irish radio station Newstalk.

“This is something Mourinho will know.

“The biggest problem for Man United is getting that far up the pitch and winning the ball off them.

“You can’t get that high up the pitch because they suffocate you.”

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table but won the Europa League and the League Cup this term.

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