Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will have no problem shaking Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s hand at Monday’s pre-season derby in Beijing.
The game will be the second meeting since their time in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid ended in 2012. Both have played down the significance of their rivalry and Guardiola will offer the hand of friendship.
Guardiola said “Of course I will shake his hand. Why shouldn’t I? We are polite guys. I want to win. So does he.”
When questioned on the subject, Mourinho said and I quote: “Of course I will shake his hand. I worked with him for three years at Barcelona. We have managed teams against each other and we are very professional. My relationship with him is normal.”
The Manchester United manager was speaking at a chaotic pre-match news conference, which had to be moved outdoors after one of the team’s planes to Beijing was forced into a unscheduled landing due to bad weather.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese has insisted Manchester United are aiming to win the Premier League title in his first season in charge as manager.
United have not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and finished last season a full 15 points off the current champions Leicester City.