Manchester City and Manchester United meet tomorrow in a friendly match that will make both managers meet for the first time since August, 2013, when both managers last clashed in the uefa super cup while in charge of Chelsea and Bayern.
Both managers competed with each other for two years while in Spain, and brought the game of football to a point where exchange of pleasantries before a match was done casually and lacked elements of friendship.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola while speaking on their meeting in China during the pre-season said he will have no problem shaking Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s hand at Monday’s pre-season derby in Beijing.
The game which takes place tomorrow will be their second meeting since their time in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid ended in 2012.
Both managers have played down on the significance of their rivalry and Guardiola has said he will offer the hand of friendship when they meet.
“Of course I will shake his hand. Why shouldn’t I? We are polite guys. I want to win. So does he,” Guardiola said.
When the Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was questioned on the subject, Mourinho said: “Of course I will shake his hand. My relationship with him is normal and we are professionals so why should I not shake him.
It will however be recalled that Jose Mourinho currently do not exchange handshake with Frenchman Arsene Wenger after both managers had a rift while he was in charge of Chelsea.